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142 Americans die of a drug overdose every day, according to the CDC. A White House commission is urging the Trump administration to declare a national emergency. A number of states, cities, and counties, including Ohio and Missouri, are suing pharmaceutical companies saying they caused the crisis with a campaign of fraud and deception. 

  

On the January 15th edition of Your Call, it’s our Friday media roundtable. This week, we’ll discuss coverage of Madaya, the town besieged by Syrian forces where people have been dying from starvation.

On the April 30th edition of Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about abuse of prescription painkillers that’s creating heroin addicts.  According to the CDC, deaths from heroin overdose tripled from 2010 to 2013. We’ll speak with acclaimed journalist Sam Quinones, author of “Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic.” He documents how unfettered marketing of painkillers like OxyContin  and the influx of a cheap form of heroin from Mexico hooked middle class America.  What can be done to stop the crisis? It’s Your Call with Matt Martin, and you.