Connections with Evan Dawson

Connections with Evan Dawson

Tue, 10/09/2018 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Local leaders in healthcare and law enforcement discuss the state of the opioid crisis in Rochester and the Finger Lakes region.

In anticipation of the October 15th week of New York's Opioid Crisis programming initiative, Connections presents this special edition with a live studio audience. Host Evan Dawson will be joined by local leaders in healthcare and law enforcement who will provide an update on the state of the crisis in the Rochester and Finger Lakes region. We’ll also hear stories of recovery. Connections with Evan Dawson airs Tuesday, October 9 at 12 p.m. on AM 1370, WRUR-FM 88.5 and online at WXXInews.org.

The event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis. (WXXI is located at 280 State Street, Rochester. Doors open at 11:30am and you must be in your seat by 11:45am. You will be able to leave after the first hour. If you want to just come from the 2nd hour, please arrive by 12:45 p.m. Paid parking is available in the city garage next to the station.)

In the first hour, local individuals living in recovery will share their journeys of hope and the challenges they've faced battling addiction.
Guests include:

  • Brandon Scott, living in recovery for one year
  • Yana Khasper, co-founder of ROCovery Fitness, who is living in recovery
  • Sean Smith, co-founder of ROCovery Fitness, who is living in recovery

In the second hour, local leaders in healthcare and law enforcement will provide an update on the state of the crisis in the Rochester and Finger Lakes region.
Guests include:

  • Dr. Michael Mendoza, M.D., Monroe County Commissioner of Public Health
  • Jennifer Faringer, director of DePaul's National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence - Rochester Area 
  • Todd Baxter, Monroe County Sheriff

This Connections presentation is part of New York's Opioid Crisis, a week-long programming collaboration between WXXI and PBS stations across New York State designed to raise awareness about the opioids crisis and share information and resources with the public. New York's Opioid Crisis runs Monday, October 15 through Sunday, October 21.

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