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Full Show: Opioid Crisis, Gardening Advice, And A Houston Ghost Town (Oct. 26 2017)

On Thursday’s Houston Matters: We learn what a new crisis declaration could mean for the fight against opioids in Houston. Horticulturist Linda Gay answers your gardening questions. And we learn about a ghost town of sorts in Greater Houston called Moonshine Hill.

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On Thursday’s Houston Matters: President Trump is expected to declare the opioid crisis a public health emergency today (Oct. 26). But his decision stops short of declaring the crisis a national emergency, which the president first said he'd declare back in August. What does today's announcement mean for Houston-area hospitals and clinics working closely combating this epidemic? And did Harvey amplify the crisis even further because of a lack of resources? We talk it over with Dr. Michael Weaver, medical director at the Center for Neurobehavioral Research on Addiction (CNRA) at UTHealth's McGovern Medical School, and Matt Feehery, CEO of Memorial Hermann Prevention and Recovery Center (PaRC).

Also this hour: Wondering what that weird, gray, felt-like crust is on your crepe myrtle trees? It might be something called crepe myrtle bark scale (CMBS). A new study from the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service says it's spreading through Houston. Linda Gay, a horticulturist at The Arbor Gate Nursery in Tomball, joins us to explain the problem – and to answer all your gardening questions.

And we learn about a ghost town of sorts in Greater Houston called Moonshine Hill.

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