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As part of a yearlong, multimedia series on the opioid epidemic, The Morning Call (a media company out of Allentown, PA) is hosting a series of roundtable discussions with community members who are directly impacted.
The first session was with suburban first responders — Lehigh Township police Chief Scott Fogel; Jeffrey D. Yanochko, EMS liaison for St. Luke’s University Hospital; Don DeReamus, administrator of Suburban EMS; Adam Miller, Upper Macungie Township Police Department detective; and Chris Peischl, director of operations for Cetronia Ambulance Corps — on Feb. 6, 2018.
The first article (in 6-part series) is called “First responders on the opioid crisis: 'You recover or die'”.
"… Five area first responders participated in a roundtable convened recently by The Morning Call to discuss an opioid epidemic that last year claimed more than 300 lives across PA's Lehigh Valley.
For a decade or more, all five responders have been fighting an unrelenting foe, and even as the deaths grow at an alarming rate, they show no signs of giving up the battle.
But, they do want more tools than just naloxone to fight an epidemic they believe will continue to kill for decades more. They want money for treatment, laws that would force addicts into court-ordered treatment and education programs to alert young people of the dangers of opioids, similar to anti-smoking campaigns. …" Continue reading more about the hour-long discussion in Part 1 on mcall.com
Also listen to the first podcast where Morning Call reporters Laurie Mason Schoeder and Pam Lehman and cops editor Will Scheihing sit down with host Kayla Dwyer to break down the inspiration for this project and reflect on the first roundtable discussion, featuring local first responders. Listen to Part 1 on soundcloud.com
We’ll share the other 5 parts here as they are released and thank you Morning Call and Valley View for covering this important topic.