DCF's Handling of a Transgender Teen; Updates on a Heroin Epidemic

What's causing the nation's heroin epidemic?
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The U.S. is in the middle of a heroin epidemic. It’s something that has become increasingly problematic in northeastern states like Connecticut. This hour, a panel of local reporters and health experts from Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts share their stories. 

We also hear about a controversial decision by the state Department of Children and Families to transfer a transgender teenager to one of Connecticut’s adult prisons, even though, as we’ve discussed on the show, the state now has a “locked” facility for girls like her. WNPR’s Lucy Nalpathanchil joins us with more on that story.


  • Lucy Nalpathanchil - Reporter and host for WNPR
  • Kristin Gourlay - Health care reporter for Rhode Island Public Radio
  • Karen Brown - Health reporter for New England Public Radio
  • Dr. Eric Collins - Physician-in-Chief at Silver Hill Hospital in New Canaan

Kristin Gourlay's documentary, Killer Drugs: Tackling Opioid Addiction and Overdose, airs Sunday, April 13th, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. on Essential Radio on WNPR.