Battling Opioids Part 3 aired September 26, 2019 on WHYY, WITF, PBS39, WPSU, WQED, WQLN, and WVIA.

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Mobile Help:​ Vivitrol is a once-a-month injection that is helping those with opioid addiction to move beyond cravings to sustained recovery. Although Vivitrol is proving to be an effective alternative to Methadone and Suboxone treatment, it is not yet widely available. In this story, we’ll learn about a new program that takes Vivitrol to Pennsylvania’s rural communities.

Peer Support for Recovery: ​While we hear a lot about the staggering number of people that lose their battle with opioids on a daily basis, we hear less about the number of people who enter recovery. In fact, some say peer support is what keeps those struggling with addiction in recovery.

Music and Art Therapy ​are alternative forms of treatment that are now being used in recovery. These treatments have been used to decrease symptoms of anxiety and repair damage caused by emotional trauma. New Roots Recovery Center provides hope and support to individuals with a Substance Use Disorder.

Panel discussion featuring:
Senator Gene Yaw​ represents the 23rd Senatorial District and serves on a number of Boards and Commissions. He is the Chairman of the Center for Rural Pennsylvania.

Raphael Barishansky​ is the Deputy Secretary for Health Preparedness and Community Protection at the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

Deputy Secretary DiDomenico ​explains what ​resources are available through the PA HELP Hotline, 1-800-5662-HELP.

In Battling Opioids Part 2, Pennsylvania Public Media focuses on the impact of the opioid crisis on PA’s children, families and young adults. In the Battling Opioids project, Pennsylvania’s Public Media stations are coming together to produce educational programming that focuses on the opioid crisis and its effects, to share resources, and to convene community conversations. The first statewide Battling Opioids broadcast aired September 2018.

Part 2 aired April 11, 2019 on WHYY, WITF, PBS39, WPSU, WQED, WQLN, and WVIA.

Watch the Part 2 documentary and our individual stories below. Learn about the opioid crisis in Pennsylvania, its effects, and the people fighting to save their loved ones and communities.

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