Flashpoint: Opioid recovery during the holidays, female candidates for Philly sheriff, Project 440

December 16, 2018 - 4:00 am

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — This week on Flashpoint, host and KYW Community Affairs reporter Cherri Gregg asks the burning questions about what it takes to get through the holidays when you have loved ones in recovery for opioid addiction.

Statistics show overdoses and suicides increase during the holiday season because of the stress of family gatherings, as well as the triggers inherent in parties and other get-togethers.

This week, the Wolf administration worked to counter the negative outcomes through a mutli-agency initiative called Stop Overdoses in PA: Get Help Now. Commonwealth officials worked to educate the public on recovery options, reduce stigma, and distribute naloxone to save lives.

But what can families do help those in recovery cope, and what can those in recovery do to ensure they do not relapse? 

David T. Jones, commissioner of Philadelphia's Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services; joined Maggie Hunt, director of alumni relations at Retreat in Lancaster County, who has been in recovery for almost 10 years; and Trish Kinkle, a safe injection site advocate who helped her husband into recovery during this helpful discussion.

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The Flashpoint newsmakers of the week are the two female candidates for Philadelphia sheriff. 

Rochelle Bilal, President of the Guardian Civic League, and Malika Rahman, former deputy sheriff detective, have both vowed to take on incumbent Sheriff Jewell Williams.

Williams is considered vulnerable after multiple women accused him of sexual harassment. This is the first time two black women are running for this position, and if either wins, it would be the first time that a woman is elected to the position.

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Our changemaker of the week is Project 440, a Philadelphia-based nonprofit that engages and inspires young musicians.

But they do not teach music. Instead, the organization, which is run by Joseph Conyers, a bassist for The Philadelphia Orchestra, works to shift the creative energy into business and entrepreneurial ventures. Conyers and Project 440 supporter Ken Hutchins are guests on Flashpoint. 

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