Dr. Sarah Spencer and Ginny Espenshade describe the public health benefits of having a local needle exchange and of training people to use opioid overdose response kits. And the Waird family shares their experience with addiction and recovery.
The Coffee Table, recorded Wednesday, July 19th, 2017 Topic: Opiod abuse in Homer. Guests: Ginny Espenshade, Dr. Sarah Spencer, Megan, Annie and Rob Waird.
The desire to live a healthy life is the first step to kicking a drug or alcohol addiction. But sometimes the will, alone, isn’t enough — there needs to be a way. There’s been a shortage of ways on the central Kenai Peninsula, but three new facilities are opening up new hope to those wanting a clean start.
Homer got its first needle exchange recently. Simply called, ‘The Exchange’, the primary goal of the pilot program is to reduce the spread Hepatitis C, HIV/AIDS, and bacterial infections among intravenous drug users by exchanging used needles and syringes for clean ones. Dr. Sarah Spencer, a local doctor board certified in addiction medicine, is overseeing this project. KBBI’s Daysha Eaton talks with Dr. Spencer.