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Everything Is Horrible And Wonderful: A Sister Looks For Answers In Her Brother’s Death

Posted on · After her brother died of a heroin overdose, Stephanie Wittels Wachs wrote her memoir, Everything Is Horrible and Wonderful, about -- and to -- her late brother, Harris, who was an accomplished comedy writer and producer.

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Full Show: New School Finance Commission, And Japanese Investment In Houston (Jan. 23, 2017)

Posted on · On Tuesday's Houston Matters: A new commission looks to overhaul public school funding. We learn about increased investment in Houston by Japanese companies. We answer your gardening questions. And a former crack addict shares her recovery story.

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Air Quality, and Fighting Opioid Addiction: Tuesday’s Show (April 25, 2017)

Posted on · Is it getting harder to breathe around here? According to Environment Texas, the number of days Houston experienced unhealthy levels of ozone increased from 101 in 2015 to 106 last year. But that momentary snapshot may miss the bigger picture: the air quality in Houston is much improved from what it was years ago. On […]

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Houston Matters Weekend: October 15, 2016

Posted on · Almost like a drumbeat, Houstonians know – and love to repeat – the notion that we are the “most diverse city in America.” And Dr. Stephen Klineberg, co-founder of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research at Rice University, says that’s correct. And that might be enough to give Houstonians with civic pride a case of the diversity […]

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What Opiate Recovery Looks Like For Former NFL QB Ryan Leaf

Posted on · Ryan Leaf was a quarterback in the NFL for four seasons. He played with a handful of teams, including the Seattle Seahawks, the San Diego Chargers and the Dallas Cowboys, but his short career was plagued with injuries and self-described bad-behavior. Leaf wasn’t long out of the game before he was introduced to opiates, and […]

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A Drug for Opioid Overdose is Becoming Over-the-Counter in Texas

Posted on · A drug called Naloxone is being made available over the counter in Texas. The drug is a nasal spray that helps in the immediate aftermath of an opioid overdose. There’s a Houston medical toxicologist who sees a lot of these overdose cases, and he’s worriedly watching those numbers climb. His name is Dr. Spencer Greene, director of medical toxicology […]

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Recovering Addicts Use Comedy and Personal Stories To Connect

Posted on · In the world of stand-up comedy, there are some standard approaches to what to bring out on stage: some stand-ups offer universal observational humor. Others are more overtly political. And then there are those who focus on more personal moments in their lives that they think may resonate with audiences. While Mark Lundholm and Kurtis […]

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Painkiller Addiction: What’s Behind This Epidemic?

Posted on · When Prince died last month and his autopsy indicated Percocet in his system, it triggered dialogue about growing concerns over painkiller addition in America. The Memorial Hermann Prevention and Recovery Center works with addicts and trains doctors about proper prescription of pain medication. We talk with the center’s CEO, Matt Feehery. And Edel Howlin talks […]

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What Are Synthetic Drugs and What’s Being Done to Prevent Their Use?

Posted on · Tomorrow (6/19/15), a district court hearing will address a temporary restraining order obtained late last week by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan, to stop four Houston-area stores from distributing products containing synthetic marijuana. The category of “synthetic drugs” can cover a wide range of chemical compounds that have varying […]

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Stage Production Aims to Help Those Struggling With Alcoholism

Posted on · There have been countless plays written about the descent of someone into alcohol or drugs. When Stanley yells “Stella” in A Streetcar Named Desire he’s drunk. The dialogue in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf wouldn’t be as searing without the mask of liquor. But what about a play about getting sober? And what if it […]

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What’s Really Going on Inside the Brain of an Addict?

Posted on · The recent death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman has once again raised the specter of addiction. It’s a topic often discussed, but not always well understood. More and more, medical professionals are recognizing addiction as a medical condition. They explain how drugs and alcohol can affect the chemistry in our brains, and how some of […]