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Conversations Beyond the Courtroom.

Fighting the Opioid Epidemic: Part 1

Whether it be a personal struggle or that of a close friend, spouse, parent, child, or distant relative, many of us have been adversely affected by the abuse of opioids and other substances. Substance abuse, however, is nothing to be ashamed of and there are many resources available to help prevent and treat individuals at risk for or currently affected by drug dependency.

In this episode, Chief Judge Frederick Lauten speaks with Shannon Robinson about her work with Aspire Health Partners, the largest behavioral health provider in the southeast. Shannon is the Vice President of Medical and Nursing Services and has over 17 years of experience in the industry. Shannon discusses the connection between mental health and substance abuse and, when questioned, offers frank opinions on whether individuals who abuse drugs should be incarcerated or placed in treatment centers. Citing vast research, Shannon points out that substance abuse has more to do with mental health and perhaps genetics than a lack of willpower.

If you or someone you know is in need of assistance in treating or preventing substance abuse, please visit the following link to find helpful resources: Treatment and Other Resources.

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Episode 33

Conversations Beyond the Courtroom.

Run time 28:32



In this episode

Frederick J. Lauten

Former Chief Judge and Moderator

Shannon Robinson

Vice President of Medical and Nursing Services

Shannon works for Aspire Health Partners, a behavior health provider, and has over 17 years of experience in the field.