This is actually America’s second opioid crisis. The first is much older. Now, the old and new epidemics exist just a few miles apart from one another in New York City. In the latest season of the GroundTruth podcast, a series of five episodes we’re calling “The Fix,” five GroundTruth reporting fellows go to the Bronx, Staten Island and Long Island to explore what caused the crisis, what’s being done about it, and how denial and stigma are fueling a record number of overdose deaths.
The GroundTruth podcast is a coproduction with WGBH News, and the reporting fellows are recent graduates of CUNY’s Graduate School of Journalism. Funding for this project was provided by Northwell Health Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Northwell Health, New York’s largest health care provider. Additional funding was provided by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the Bake Family Trust. You can hear the podcast in the chapters of this project, or on iTunes, Stitcher, SoundCloud and other podcasting apps.