More and more, Americans find themselves in some way touched by the opioid epidemic. But while many have observed the effects of the crisis, Not Far from Me: Stories of Opioids and Ohio is the first book on this public health emergency composed entirely of first-person accounts. It features more than 50 contributors from around the state, including sports coaches, health care professionals, community organizers, individuals in recovery, affected family members, law enforcement and faith leaders.
Editors of this newly published collection, Berkeley Franz and Daniel Skinner, will be the featured guests on the Party Line talk show with Dave Palmer on WATH radio from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Tues., Sept. 17. Listeners can tune in to 970 AM/97.1 FM or listen via http://970wath.com/music/ and can call in to ask questions at 740-592-6646.
Franz, a medical sociologist, and Skinner, a political scientist, are both faculty members in the Department of Social Medicine in Ohio University’s Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine.
During the show, they will discuss their experiences:
Putting together the edited collection and working with individuals, families and community members affected by opioid addiction in Ohio
Using stories to hold community conversations around the state
Exploring how topics such as race, religion, sports, economics, culture, race and sexual orientation intersect in and around the epidemic