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WV Fire Chief: Opioid Epidemic Far from Over

Huntington Chief Jan Rader says first responders have redefined their jobs to do more than save a person’s life. They’re trying to help rebuild that life thanks to her Quick Response Team.

Mark Shaffer
January 3, 2019-The Ironton Tribune, Ohio


Jan Rader continues to be a spokesperson for the fight against the opioid crisis that plagues the Tri-State.

The Huntington fire chief was on CBS This Morning on Wednesday to talk about her TED Talk, which was filmed in November and has gotten over 56,000 views so far.

The TED Talks started in 1984, covering mainly how technology has expanded over the years to cover science, cultural and entertainment topics. Speakers are invited to tell about their area of expertise in less than 18 minutes at a conference and the talks are filmed and distributed under the slogan of “ideas worth spreading.” So far, 2,800 talks have been posted online and have gotten a billion views.

In her TED Talk, she tells how she has been a firefighter for 24 years and in 2008, she earned her Associate Degree in Nursing from Ohio University Southern after it became clear to her that the next big threat was not a “one and done emergency where you can ride in like the cavalry” but the lethal problem of opioid addiction.