It’s a problem that medical experts say has grown to epidemic proportions across the country–opioid addiction.
In this edition of Northwest Now, we take a closer look at this epidemic and see what’s being done to keep people from the pitfalls of drug addiction, especially those who became addicted through taking medically-prescribed painkillers.
We’ll hear from Dr. Gary Franklin, Medical Director from Washington Labor and Industries, and UW Researcher Caleb Banta-Green. We’ll also take you to Mason County where we’ll meet a local doctor who treats those addicted to opioid pain killers, find out how she’s working to find alternative forms of pain relief for her patients.
The Emmy and Telly Award-winning public affairs series Northwest Now airs Fridays at 7:30 p.m. on KBTC Public Television, a service of Bates Technical College.
Use the list below to find us on TV. You can also watch past episodes and learn more about our show on our website .
KBTC 28.1, 28.2, 28.3 digital channels, (including K41KT-D Grays River-Lebam and K24IC-D, Bellingham and Channel 16 Digital, Seattle)
KCKA 15.1, 15.2, 15.3 digital channels
Comcast channel 108 (HD, most areas in Western Washington)
Comcast channel 12 (most areas – in Tacoma, Comcast channel 3)
Click! (Tacoma) channel 3 Rainier Connect channel 10
Broadstripe channel 28 (varies by area)
Verizon FiOS channel 28
Frontier Cable: 528 (HD), 28 (SD), and 474 (MHz Worldview)
Dish channel 28 (may appear as 8620)
Originally posted on the Bates Technical College’s Blog.