Opioid Researcher: Early Prescribing Policies a 'Catastrophic Mistake'

Oct 27, 2017

Credit West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On this West Virginia Morning, yesterday, President Trump’s administration declared a public health emergency to deal with the opioid epidemic.

On this week’s episode of Inside Appalachia, host Jessica Lilly speaks with Dr. Petros Levounis, professor and chairman of Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. Dr. Levounis, who’s published a number of studies about the opioid crisis. Levounis says it was a “catastrophic medical mistake” that “opened the door to liberal prescribing of narcotics that essentially got people hooked”.

Also on this show, Martinsburg, West Virginia’s Christain Lopez has been making a name for himself not only at home but also elsewhere around the country. He he is on Mountain Stage performing "Steel on the Water" from his brand new release Red Arrow.