Before the COVID-19 pandemic, America was losing about 70,000 people every year to opioid overdoses. What happens now that social isolation, financial distress and daily disruptions have become standard?
Our communities are on the brink of an unprecedented mental health and substance abuse crisis. Thousands of lives will be at risk if we do not seize this opportunity to reshape systems of care for addiction and mental health treatment. Leaders must start planning now – and they can start by tuning into Project Opioid's new series: "What's the Fix?"
Every week, Project Opioid founder Andrae Bailey will discuss solutions to the mental health crisis and how to build a post-pandemic society that is free of stigma with community leaders on iHeart Media and WKMG Channel 6. The first episode, featuring Seminole County Sheriff Dennis Lemma, will air on iHeart Media News Channel WFLA Orlando on Friday, May 15 at 7:00 PM, followed by Real Radio 104.1 on Saturday, May 16 at 8:30 AM. Finally, “What’s the Fix?” TV will debut on WKMG TV that Saturday night, following Saturday Night Live, at 12:30 AM on May 16. The show will run for eight weeks, and an archive will be developed on ProjectOpioid.org.