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NIDA Director Dr. Nora Volkow on Drug Addiction, the Opioid Crisis & Recovery. Plus, Actress Faith Jones on Her Role in Jesus Christ Superstar

A look at drug issues facing the country today and how they’ve changed.



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First, we speak with actress and singer-songwriter, Faith Jones, who discusses her music career and current role as Mary Magdalene in the 50th anniversary tour of the hit musical Jesus Christ Superstar.

The North American Tour company of Jesus Christ Superstar.

Jesus Christ Superstar plays at The Hobby Center in Houston January 17 – 22, 2023. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.

Then, we discuss the issues of drug addiction, the distribution of fentanyl, and the rising number of overdose deaths from the opioid crisis with Dr. Nora Volkow, Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).

Dr. Volkow also explains her work in demonstrating that drug addiction is a brain disorder, the importance of avoiding the term drug "abuse", and methods of recovery for those struggling with addiction.

For more information on the work that NIDA does, visit their website here.

If you or someone you know needs help, call the Substance Abuse National Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357).



Faith Jones

  • Plays Mary In Jesus Christ Superstar

Dr. Nora Volkow

  • Director, National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) at the National Institutes of Health

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