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The Rise of Substance Use Disorder in the Pandemic

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Before the arrival of coronavirus, substance use disorder was a public health emergency. The pandemic has only exacerbated the problem: CDC data shows overdose deaths increased 18% from 2019 to 2020. On the Point, we discuss public health campaigns on Martha’s Vineyard and the Cape. Both encourage a collaborative and multi-faceted approach to decrease stigma, and increase access to supports and services. Later in the hour we hear about how, in partnership with the NIH and academic institutions, The HEALing Communities Study aims to reduce opioid overdose deaths by 40 percent over 3 years in participating communities.
Guests on the program are as follows:

Dr. Charles Silberstein, Medical Director at Martha’s Vineyard Community Services Island Counseling Center and on Staff at the Martha's Vineyard Hospital

Michele Jones, former volunteer at AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod

Dr. Joe Smyser, CEO of Public Good Projects

Erin Ralston, Community Coordinator for HEALing Communities Bourne and Sandwich

Danny Rodriguez, Associate Director of Substance Use Disorder Services at Duffy Health Center

Kate Lena, Hyannis Program Manager and Harm Reduction Lead for the AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod

On Island is a public health campaign set in motion by the Martha’s Vineyard Substance use Disorder Coalition.

Here's a link to the hour-long documentary mentioned on the program

Here is a link to the NIH HEAL initiative with resources for Bourne and Sandwich

Mindy Todd is the host and producer of The Point on WCAI which examines critical issues for Cape Cod and the Islands. She brings more than 30 years of experience in radio and television to WCAI. After starting her broadcasting career as a midday DJ at WARE in Ware, Massachusetts, she quickly advanced to host of the morning drive show, which in 1981, made her one of the few women in broadcasting to anchor her own morning show. Her career has covered nearly all aspects of broadcasting. She has been a radio disc jockey, a traffic reporter, a television news anchor and reporter, a program director, talk show host, and even a ski reporter. Her television work brought her to White River Junction, VT, Portland, ME, Indianapolis, IN and Nashville, TN. Mindy also worked at radio stations in West Palm Beach, FL, Hartford, CT, Boston, MA and Lebanon, NH. She has received numerous awards, most recently her 5th National PRNDI (Public Radio News Directors Incorporated) award for best Call-in program and best Interview.