Epidemic In Our Backyard
Hitting Home: Women • Families • Opioids
A WQED Community Forum
WQED continued its focus on opioid addiction in the region with a live town hall meeting exploring how addiction among women is breaking the family bond and changing the fabric of society.
Hitting Home: Women • Families • Opioids - A WQED Community Forum aired Thursday, March 8 at 8pm on WQED-TV and online.
Host Lisa Washington moderates a panel discussion with experts on the front lines of the crisis locally. The community forum included scenes from WQED’s recent documentary Broken: Women • Families • Opioids.
Panelists for the town hall meeting include:
- Cheryl Andrews, Executive Director, Washington County Drug and Alcohol Commission
- Deborah McDonald, Director of Women's Health Programs, Allegheny Health Network
- Thelma Turner, Care Navigator, Centers for Excellence
Hitting Home: Women • Families • Opioids - A WQED Community Forum is made possible by Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield.
Broken: Women • Families • Opioids was recently honored with the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters Award in the category of Outstanding Public Affairs Program. The documentary originally aired in November 2017 and explored the rise in women's addiction rates, and the subsequent impact on families and society.
The heroin and opioids epidemic has been building for years, stemming from the over-prescription of opioid drugs used to treat pain. While coroners and medical examiners across Pennsylvania have been compiling grim statistics at an unprecedented rate, a major collaboration is underway to combat this public health crisis, with state lawmakers, law enforcement, medical professionals and advocates joining forces. WQED Multimedia takes an in-depth, multiplatform look at the crisis in Western Pennsylvania. Our project includes two televised documentaries, digital first content, town hall meetings and social media outreach.
"Broken: Women - Families - Opioids"
A WQED Documentary
Opioid addiction is destructive across all demographics. But compared to men, women’s addiction can have more devastating implications. Some children are born addicted, while others face uncertain futures because of addicted mothers. Many children are placed in foster care, but an increasing number are being raised by extended family – further disrupting lives. We explore how opioid addiction among women is breaking the family bond and changing the fabric of society.
"Hope After Heroin: The Epidemic in our Backyard"
A WQED Documentary
This program explores the opioid crisis in Western Pennsylvania on a broader level - with a focus on how over-prescription of opioid drugs led to today's epidemic. People who have experienced addiction, either themselves or through a loved one, share their stories of struggle, stigma and loss. But they also show how they've managed to use their pain as a catalyst for change, providing hope for others.
"Hope After Heroin: Fighting The Epidemic"
A Community Forum
WQED's Fred Rogers Studio hosted a standing room only crowd - with attendees from just about every county in Western Pennsylvania. They gathered to learn more about opioid crisis, while expressing their concerns and sharing resources. Moderator Chris Moore led the discussion exploring the issues directly affecting Western Pennsylvania, the ongoing efforts to deal with the crisis, as well as current initiatives.
"Hope After Heroin: A Community Project"
A WQED Digital-First Production
WQED Multimedia takes an in-depth, multi-platform look at the heroin crisis in Western Pennsylvania. The project includes a full-lengthy documentary, town hall meeting/community forum, direct-to-web videos. An educational component will target students in schools throughout Western Pennsylvania.