Second Opinion: Addiction to Pain Medications

Second Opinion: Addiction to Pain Medications

Sat, 04/14/2018 - 3:00pm - 3:30pm

Pictured: Left to Right - Dr. Louis Baxter Sr., Dr. Louis J. Papa, 2nd Opinion Host Dr. Peter Salgo, and Jennifer Matesa

Credit: Nick Minetor

What usually starts innocently enough as taking pain medication appropriately prescribed by a doctor, can turn into a deadly addiction for some.

Jennifer Matesa shares her story of the darkest days of her addiction to her recovery on this addition of Second Opinion. Second Opinion: Addiction to Pain Medications airs Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 3 p.m. on WXXI-TV.

This program is part of Opioid Crisis: The Ripple Effect, a Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) funded public media collaborative between WXXI, OPB (Oregon) and ideastream (Ohio) designed to bring more awareness to this epidemic. The series, which includes reports from three telling locales across the country, looks at the people and issues indirectly affected by the opioid crisis and make the case that the epidemic’s ripple effects impact many.