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9/12/19: Trauma & The Opioid Crisis; See The Girl; Save Guana Now; Pop-Up Country Station


Purdue Pharma and its owners, members of the Sackler family, have tentatively reached the first comprehensive settlement with thousands of different parties, for the devastation caused by the opioid epidemic.  Under the tentative deal, the Sackler family would pay $3 billion in cash over seven years.

Meanwhile, some specialists say that in order to fully understand the opiate epidemic, we need to also understand trauma, and how it can drive addiction. Lynne Harris, a Licensed Professional Counselor with Coastal Community Behavioral Health, joined us for a closer look.

See the Girl

September 13 is Delores Barr Weaver’s birthday and Jacksonville’s “See the Girl” Day. Lawanda Ravoira and Vicky Basra with the Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center; and Shay Bilchik, Founder of Georgetown University's Center for Juvenile Justice Reform, joined us with more information on a number of the organization's upcoming initiatives. 

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The Outpost

Save Guana Now

We also got an update on the movement to stop the development of an area known as The Outpost, in advance of a public hearing on September 17.  Nicole Crosby, President; and Ralf Brooks, Attorney for the group Save Guana Now, joined us to discuss the latest.

Pop Up Country

Station Manager and David Luckin joined us to discuss WJCT’s POP-UP Country Music on 89.9FM HD4, which explores Country, Folk, Bluegrass and Blues by the musicians who created it. Tune in and learn the history of country music to gear up for Ken Burns’ latest documentary Country Music, which airs September 15 at 8 p.m. on WJCT-TV 7.1.


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Heather is the senior producer of WJCT 89.9 FM talk shows including First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross, the Florida Roundup and What's Health Got to Do with It?