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Full Show: Political Roundup, and the Ethics of Prescribing Painkillers (Sept. 12, 2018)

On Wednesday’s Houston Matters: Local firefighters are helping with response to Hurricane Florence. Plus, our experts discuss the latest political stories. Then, a local expert discusses the ethical concerns doctors face when prescribing painkillers. And we learn about Cathay Williams, a freed slave woman who fought with the Buffalo Soldiers.


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On Wednesday’s Houston Matters: Several Houston firefighters are headed to the East Coast to help with preparation for and response to Hurricane Florence. We find out about their role there.

Also this hour: Our experts discuss the latest national, state, and local political stories with an eye for how they might affect Houston and Texas.

Then, medical experts are meeting to discuss the ethical questions surrounding prescribing painkillers in light of the opioid epidemic. Dr. Amy McGuire, director of the Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy at Baylor College of Medicine, tells us about the seminar, called Prescription for Addiction.

Plus, we learn about Cathay Williams, a freed slave woman who disguised herself as a man and fought with the Buffalo Soldiers. She’s the subject of a new historical fiction novel, Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen.

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