170: Chad Napier: Drug Trends and Risk in Our Communities

Dr. Sandra Morgan and Dave Stachowiak talk to Chad Napier about the devastating impact drug use has had in his community and the dangers of synthetic drugs.

Key Points

  • West Virginia leads the nation in drug overdose
  • National average is 19.8 per 100,000 but West Virginia is 52 per 100,000
  • Babies with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome need to be weaned off the drugs after birth
  • Whenever there is a prescription pill problem, there is going to be a heroin problem (80% of heroin users come from prescription pill abuse)
  • Drug users often say that it’s no longer about being high, it’s about not getting sick from withdrawals
  • Fentanyl (a highly potent synthetic drug) is cut into almost every drug out there
  • We need to start looking at why people use drugs in the first place.


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Sandie Morgan

Sandie Morgan, PhD, RN is recognized globally for her expertise in combatting human trafficking and working to end violence against women. As Director of Vanguard University’s Global Center for Women & Justice (GCWJ), she oversees the Women’s Studies Minor as well as teaching Family Violence and Human Trafficking.
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