October 30, 2017 – While most attention of the drug epidemic is focused on those struggling with addiction and their loved ones, a new documentary offers a unique look into its effect on first responders.
Huntington, West Virginia Fire Chief Jan Rader appeared Sunday on Meet the Press to share her perspective on the impact of the disease of addiction on her town. She is a central figure in the new documentary, Heroin(e), showing at the Meet the Press Film Festival in Washington, D.C.
“It’s been years since we had a day where we didn’t have an overdose,” said Rader, who noted that firefighters in her town spend more time responding to a opioid overdose than battling fires.
To curb the crisis, Rader said an unlimited supply of NARCAN, medically assisted detoxification and more treatment beds are needed.