Mtn. Talk: Angie Hagaman on Combating the Drug Epidemic
For this episode we sat down with Angie Hagaman, Operations Director for the Center for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment at East Tennessee State University talks about the current state of the drug epidemic in the region, and describes how the Center works to partner with affected communities to research the epidemic. She also tells us about her own research, through her PhD program, with the Letcher County Culture Hub and some local volunteer fire departments. She says story circles and listening projects might be the missing piece to combating the opioid epidemic, and hopes that by adding more “heart” to the healing process we can start to see a real decline in the epidemic.