Waiting Game: Long Waits For detox A Life-Or-Death Gamble For Many Opiate Addicts

Saturday, March 11, 2017
Mental Health

What happens when you’re ready to kick addiction to prescription painkillers, but no help is available? 


It’s a typical situation for many uninsured addicts as the demand increases in East Tennessee for expensive detox and treatment services. Health officials say long waiting lists put addicts at increased risk for overdose, death or jail. Contributor Leslie Snow bring you one woman’s story of overcoming the financial barriers to recovery. 

Music: Sam Keenan & Jason Shaw  

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Leslie Snow

Leslie Snow is a freelance producer for WUOT. She has a master’s degree in English from the University of Texas at Arlington. Leslie has been working on special projects for WUOT since 2010. She also writes a weekly column for the Knoxville News Sentinel newspaper. She has large dogs, small cats and medium-sized kids.

Jess Mador

Jess Mador is the creator of TruckBeat for WUOT. She's an award-winning public radio and multimedia journalist who has produced stories for news organizations around the country, including Minnesota Public Radio, NPR News and PBS member stations. She has a Master's degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

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