August 23, 2017 – Graham Media Group, Inc., a Graham Holdings Firm (NYSE: GHC) subsidiary, introduced right now that it’ll launch a complete initiative analyzing the opioid disaster in America, specializing in the native communities the station group serves.
Graham Media Group’s “Opioid Nation: An American Epidemic” is a multi-platform dedication addressing the epidemic that’s unraveling communities and destroying American lives. Every of the seven Graham Media Group (GMG) stations will air investigative stories, produce unique programming, facilitate digital engagement, broadcast public service bulletins and work with group companions on efficient outreach.
In accordance with the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention, the variety of overdose deaths involving opioids has quadrupled, with greater than 500,000 deaths between 2000 and 2015. At the moment, ninety one People die each day because of opioid abuse.
GMG stations will examine the genesis of the disaster, the lives of these confronted with habit, and the historic and present governmental insurance policies that tackle the continued abuse epidemic.
“Opioid habit is ravaging our communities huge and small and native broadcasters are uniquely positioned to inform these tales. The range of points affecting our Detroit group differs from these in Houston and Orlando,” stated Emily Barr, president and chief government officer of Graham Media Group. “For example, Martinsville, Virginia is first within the nation in per-capita opioid prescriptions, and WSLS, our close by Roanoke station, is confronted with tales each week a few drug drawback that’s solely getting worse. We will inform that story and have interaction our group companions who’re expert and able to supply assist and hope.”
GMG stations will air regionally produced, televised and streamed specials through the week of Sept. 5. Together with unique programming, stations will employees telephone banks and Fb Reside periods designed to attach viewers, customers and households with substance abuse counselors. City corridor conferences and month-to-month in-depth studies will drill down on the precise points that contribute to this public well being disaster.
“We’re pooling assets and exchanging tales amongst our newsrooms to provide depth and perspective to the various sides of the issue,” Barr stated.
Automotive crashes of those that examined constructive from prescribed drugs have elevated seven hundred % during the last 20 years, in accordance with a 2017 research by Columbia College’s Mailman Faculty of Public Well being. The over prescription of opioids from docs has steadily risen and fatalities resulting from heroin proceed to tear aside households throughout all demographics. Graham Media Group joins the Nationwide Affiliation of Broadcasters of their devoted efforts to make clear the severity of the opioid epidemic.
“It’s our duty to tell viewers and we hope that ‘Opioid Nation: An American Epidemic’ won’t solely educate the…