Should Hospitals Be Punished For Post-Surgical Patients' Opioid Addiction?

In April this year, Katie Herzog checked into a Boston teaching hospital for what turned out to be a nine-hour-long back surgery. The 68-year-old consulting firm president left the hospital with a prescription for Dilaudid, an opioid used to treat severe pain, and instructions to take two pills every four hours as needed. Herzog took close to the full dose for about two weeks. Then, worried about addiction, she began asking questions. "I said, 'How do I taper off this? I don't want to stay on...

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FAQ City: How To 'Compel' People To Interact With Those Different From Them?

WFAE asked Charlotteans for answers to this listener-submitted question.

Stuffed

Nov 21, 2005

(11/07/2005) One dictionary definition of the term "stuff" is: "A group or scattering of miscellaneous objects or articles." However you define "stuff" WFAE Commentator Caroline Castle Hicks is amazed by the sheer amount of it in our lives.

Circus Family Affair

Nov 18, 2005

(11/18/05) The "family circus" is really more than a comic strip. In fact, families often make up the cast of traveling circuses. And many of them have kept the tradition for centuries. WFAE's Simone Orendain has this profile of three brothers performing with the touring Cirque du Soliel show Varekai, closing this weekend in Concord.

Boomers Unite!

Nov 18, 2005

(11/18/05) Can you believe it? The "baby boomers" are moving into their golden years. WFAE commentator and fellow "boomer" Krissa Palmer thinks it's time her generation got some respect.

Choral Mass For the Homeless

Nov 18, 2005

(11/17/05) Thursday and Sunday, Charlotte's Carolina Voices will perform an original score for its Thanksgiving concert. The score of the "Beatitude Mass" will highlight homelessness. WFAE's Simone Orendain spoke with the California-based composer Henry Mollicone about the choral work.

Let the Shopping Begin!

Nov 18, 2005

(11/18/05) Have you noticed that the holiday season is already upon us? How could you not? Peppermint mochas have returned to Starbucks! WFAE's Jaime Bedrin wanted the scoop on this year's shopping season. She caught up with the Charlotte Business Journal's retail reporter Ashley Gibson.

Giving Trends After Katrina

Nov 16, 2005

(11/16/05) The holiday season is typically a time when charities can expect to receive financial gifts. But this year, in the wake of multiple natural disasters, Charlotte-area non-profits are wondering if they'll meet their goals. Organizations fear they could lose out on donations if people are tapped out from giving to other causes. WFAE's Jaime Bedrin reports.

Uninsured and Unhappy

Nov 15, 2005

(11/15/05) Sometimes, the debate over health care in America can seem confusing or distant. But at other times, the issue becomes much more poignant and personal. Here's WFAE commentator Gerry Soud on health insurance.

Baby Boomers

Nov 15, 2005

(11/15/05) Can you believe it? Baby Boomers are turning heading into their golden years. WFAE commentator and Boomer Krissa Palmer says it's about time her generation got the respect it deserves.

Katrina Takes Priority Above Local Needy

Nov 11, 2005

(11/11/05) Charlotte's social service agencies did some fast work in the two months after Hurricane Katrina's victims got to the city. But the work came with a price: splitting priorities between evacuees and locals. WFAE's Simone Orendain reports.

The Big Read Is Underway

Nov 10, 2005

(11/10/05) Catawba county residents are participating in a county-wide reading program that started last month. To commemorate Veterans Day organizer and English professor Rand Brandes facilitated a discussion of the Vietnam war themed book "The Things They Carried." WFAE's Simone Orendain spoke with Professor Brandes about the first of its kind community-wide reading program in Catawba County. www.thebigread.net

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