An epidemic of opioid deaths is reaching into every corner of Maryland, and every age group. We look at a tool to fight addiction - medically assisted treatment - and hear the story of a young woman who used methadone to put addiction behind her.
Now another installment in our weekly feature from the Stoop Storytelling Series! Today, on Veterans Day, Marine Corps veteran Rich Blake shares a 2010 story from the Iraq War and a moment that could have been his last. It has been edited for brevity. You can listen to more stories, and learn about Stoop shows and The Stoop podcast--all at stoopstorytelling.com.
Herbert Rogers served in the Air Force for 8 years. He was at the Dover Air Force Base for five years and his barracks was right next to where the planes took off. Seven years later, Rogers noticed he kept asking people to repeat themselves. Now he wears hearing aids. Hearing damage is common among veterans. We speak to Herbert Rogers, as well as Glen Baquet, the head of audiology and speech for the VA Maryland Health Care System, and Julie Norin, director of audiology at the Hearing and Speech Agency, a nonprofit in Baltimore.
Why take a vacant home apart brick by brick, rather than tearing it down? How can this approach create jobs without driving up costs? Details Deconstruction trains individuals coming out of prison or drug treatment in how to deconstruct rather than demolish buildings. Director Jeff Carroll tells us how deconstructing houses is a path to rebuilding lives--as well as salvaging valuable bricks and lumber.