Opioid abuse and why every community must craft its own unique response with Gary Olson
Believe in Better Podcast: Episode 2
In this episode we discuss the opioid epidemic with Gary Olson, recently retired CEO of The Center for Drug and Alcohol Treatment in Duluth, Minnesota. Gary brings 50 years of experience in the substance use disorder world to this podcast.
During those 50 years, he has stirred up the status quo in an attempt to find better solutions to serving people with the chronic disease of substance use disorder. Among his many accomplishments in the field, Gary has served as president and regional governor of the Minnesota Association of Resources for Recovery and Chemical Health. He also served on the board of the first Community Health Association, which focused on recognizing substance abuse as a chronic disease.
Those affected by substance use are our brothers, sisters, children and parents. “They are us,” says Gary. “And we need to engage them sooner, keep them engaged and follow them longer.” We agree.
In this podcast you’ll discover:
- What it’s like to be on the frontlines of substance use disorder treatment
- How the opioid epidemic has shined a light on addiction and why that’s a good thing
- Why every community must craft its own unique response to opioid abuse
- Five parallel strategies that have been successful
- How someone as passionate as Gary can never truly retire