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Join Ted Hicks and Rich Valdez as they moderate the #LNPShow that discusses the latest trends and game changers in parenting, technology, education, sports & product reviews. (Dr. Michele Reed is away at a conference in Phoenix, AZ.)
Segment 1

The Opiate crisis in America is a complicated, multifaceted crisis reaching a tipping point.  Since 2000, according to the CDC, The US is experiencing an epidemic of drug overdose (poisoning) deaths. Since 2000, the rate of deaths from opiate drug overdoses has increased 200%. As an example, last week over 52 cases of opioid overdose were reported in Louisville KY in 32 hours.

What is causing this?

Medical Correspondent Dr. Pawan Grover discusses the growing epidemic of the nation’s opioid crisis.

Dr. Grover pulls back the curtain of how big medicine works so you can empower your listeners to understand what’s really going on and will explain why there is an explosion of the heroin crisis in America.  The answer will not be what you expect.

Dr Grover deconstructs the 3 biggest Myths of the opiate crisis:

  1. That there is a massive increase in people dying from drug overdose because of prescription opiates prescribed by doctors.
  1. We can stop the opiate crisis by stopping doctors from writing pain meds.
  1. We can fix the heroin epidemic through more money for interagency cooperation, removing the “stigma” of heroin use, so we can get addicted patients help and provide more rehab centers and more “naloxone” (rescue medication for overdose of opiates)


After breaking down these myths, Dr. Grover explains:

  • The two mistakes big medicine makes in the way it treats chronic pain issues.
  • And how you can protect yourself and your family.

Segment 2

Rich and Ted talk about the following topics:

The Notorious BIG aka Biggie Smalls – 20 yrs later – we discuss his influence on Hip Hop and #BiggieNight at the Barclays Center.

NBA coaches resting players – how do we resolve this problem?

March Madness – Stoked or Nah (Villanova, Kansas, North Carolina Gonzaga are the top seeds)

Segment 3

What are you binge watching right now? #TheGoodFight #TheGrandTour etc.

Verizon FIOS prepaid options? Ahead of the curve or focusing on a different demographic?

Logan & Get Out &The Last Jedi spoilers

Segment 4

WikiLeaks – what does it really mean to the tech companies (Samsung, Google, Apple, Microsoft) along w/the intelligence communities?