The Local Lens is a public health podcast going inside one community's experience with the drug epidemic. Everyone in the town of Stanton, KY sees this drug issue differently from each other, either because of their personal lives or professional roles. This show aims to showcase those different perspectives through having honest, in-depth interviews with a new guest each episode.
This episode features an unlikely combo: a lawyer and a preacher. Both guys were born and raised in Powell County. Both guys left town for a while but returned before too long. Now, both guys work jobs that put them on the front lines of the opiate crisis. Mr. Jarrett Rose kicks off the episode with a run-down of what happens between someone's arrest and their incarceration, and Mr. Brad Epperson follows with a look at the changes people go through while in our local jail.
The two interviews were recorded separately, in fact. It wasn't until months later that we realized the connection between the two guest's experiences. These interviews start to show the tough role that the court system plays in helping people get into recovery. Law enforcement is able to intervene and impose their will, on behalf of the community, and it ends up often times in giving people a wake-up call.
These are our people, using our voices, telling our stories, because no one sees it like we do.
Keep up with The Local Lens on Facebook and Instagram.
The Local Lens is sponsored by Kentucky Opioid Community Healing (from the Kentucky Rural Health information Organization) and Powell County CARES (from the Powell County Health Department).