Opioid Addiction

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Did opioids just go away or is there still an issue with abuse? We'll talk with Dr. Michael Jaffe about the current state of opioid use and what can be done to address abuses here in the islands.

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Dr. William Haning shares his decades of experience in the field of addiction to address how things have changed during COVID and what the current plans are for helping those who need it the most during this difficult time.

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Opioid addiction is a major problem in some parts of the country. That addiction is often a result of a legal prescription for opioid painkillers following an injury or surgery.

Two recent studies have identified that a common surgical procedure may be contributing to painkiller addiction: wisdom teeth removal. The problem is worse among those under 18.

Blake Kitamura is an oral surgeon in Honolulu and discussed the findings.


A New Strategy for Combating the Opioid Epidemic

Mar 26, 2018
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President trump delivered strong words about how to approach the opioid epidemic across the nation. Some 2 million people are estimated to be addicted to the drug. It is a public health crisis, but the question is how to best deal with it. However, Hawaii's rate of opioid prescriptions is one of the lowest in the country. The U.S. Surgeon General and the CEO of a local rehab clinic shared a national and local perspective on the crisis.

The Conversation: Friday, March 23nd, 2018

Mar 23, 2018
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Strategy for Opioid Epidemic; New HI-EMA Leadership; Future of Social Security; Saxophonist Boney James

The Conversation: Tuesday, November 21st, 2017

Nov 21, 2017
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DEA Authority to Restrict Opioids; Fake Service Animals; Priced Out of Oahu; Remembering Queen Liliuokalani

The Conversation: Tuesday, October 31st, 2017

Oct 31, 2017
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Opioids in Hawaii; Repatriating Hawaiian Bones; Aloha From Lavaland

The Conversation: Tuesday, August 29th, 2017

Aug 29, 2017

Neighbor Island Perspective on Rail; Opioid Abuse on the Rise; Plant-Based Diets

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Heroin use in the United States has been on the rise, connected to a national epidemic of opioid abuse. China is facing a different kind of drug issue and authorities are beginning to talk about it more openly than in the past. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

The Conversation: Friday, November 18th, 2016

Nov 18, 2016
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Hilo Homelessness Update; “The Ghosts of Hiroshima”; State House Leadership Shakeup; Opioid Addiction; Lyman Museum