Huntington fire chief shares approach to opioid epidemic that's having a big impact

  • Source: CBS News This Morning
  • Published: 01/03/2019 12:00 AM

Jan Rader, the first female fire chief in West Virginia, is making a big impact on Huntington's fight against the opioid epidemic. In her Ted Talk released Wednesday, Rader said Huntington's overdose deaths are down 50 percent. "This epidemic is far from over, but each and every one of us has a part to play in this epidemic. Just by listening and being kind to somebody, you have the ability to make a dent, [a] difference in their lives," Rader said in the TED Talk. Rader's work fighting the opioid epidemic is featured in the Emmy-winning Netflix documentary, "Heroin(e)," and her efforts earned her a place on this year's Time 100 list of the most influential people. She not only helped establish quick-response teams to visit and speak with patients within 72 hours of their overdose, but she also helped start ProAct, a one-stop clinic for those suffering from substance use disorder. "Somebody suffering from substance use disorder or addiction is actually a fragile person," Rader said.


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