Episode 174 – “Give Me a Head With Hair!” Dr. Marianne T. Ritchie
Your Real Champion®: “The Heart and Soul of The Drueding Center” Dr. Marianne T. Ritchie
The Overdose Crisis – For many years, our nation has focused on the Opioid Crisis, but now the problem is more complex. People are using drugs, which might be a combination of an opioid with another opioid or with a non-opioid, without realizing it. Since 1999, deaths from drug overdose are five times higher. More and more deaths result from overdoses involving multiple substances. Now we are fighting the Overdose Crisis.
Peter M. Vernig, PhD, MBA
VP of Mental Health Services
Recovery Centers of America
The Philadelphia Behavior Therapy Association
Your Real Champion® – “Savage Sisters”
Sarah Laurel is grateful for her second chance. In her early twenties, she had a comfortable lifestyle in corporate America with a nice car and a place of her own. Never did she dream that one day she would suffer from a heroin addiction and experience homelessness. Now her mission is to “attack addiction ferociously with radical love through connection.” She is the founder and Director of “Savage Sisters,” a non-profit which strives to create a safe space for those who are suffering from substance Use disorder and homelessness.
Each week, we highlight the Real Champions in your life! Your family, friends, or colleagues who go the extra mile to help others in their community.
Ross Friedman, CEO of RCA at Devon
Ross Friedman has an extensive 25-year career dedicated to saving the lives of those struggling with mental health and substance use illnesses. As an executive, he has led healthcare organizations that provided both substance use and behavioral health care for inpatient services, outpatient services, as well as crisis response care. Ross has led hospitals to award-winning stature on several occasions by ensuring high-quality care, positive patient outcomes, budgetary control, a continuous focus on the mission of treatment, and exemplary regulatory review.
Marianne T. Ritchie, MD was one of the first female gastroenterologists practicing in the Philadelphia area. An advocate for over 30 years, Dr. Ritchie developed the PINK PLUS triple cancer screening program, and the BLUE LIGHTS CAMPAIGN for Colon Cancer Awareness.
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