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Let's talk about what’s killing us, the stuff that’s hard to comprehend and getting worse every day. Lemonada co-founder and author Stephanie Wittels Wachs confronts massive epidemics with humanity, wit, and a quest for progress. Starting with overdose deaths and the opioid crisis, we zoom in on a person’s last day of life, exploring how they got there and how we, as a society, have gotten here.
20 May 2020 • 46 mins
Cindy is a mother of three who was using drugs during each of her pregnancies. She knew it wasn’t healthy for the babies, but she didn’t know how to safely stop. Fearing the doctors would notify authorities, Cindy was afraid to ask for help. Then one day, she made a call to a hotline. This led her to a doctor who gave her the support she needed, and now Cindy is in recovery and wants to share her story. Nzinga goes over some of the options available to pregnant women and others who are using opioids and gives Cindy a call to check-in. If you want to send relevant excerpts to friends and family and/or follow along with a transcript, you can find one shortly after the air date at http://www.lemonadamedia.com/show/in-recovery/Here are some other things you should definitely check out:This week from MSNBC’s podcast Into America, we hear about the ways the government has failed to track coronavirus in nursing homes that house vulnerable populations. Investigative reporter Susie Kim has tracked the numbers herself, and she breaks them down for us.Support Last Day. Get bonus content, discounts on swag, and more for as little as $5 a month! Go to https://www.patreon.com/lastdaypodcast and become a member today. Here are some resources Nzinga mentioned in this week’s episode:Dona International is an international group of doula’s. On their website, you can search by zip code to see if there is a doula in your area.See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.