On September 19, 2019 WPRO dedicated live broadcasts from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. to the topic of Opioid Awareness in an effort to better understand the opioid epidemic and the increasing number of drug-overdose deaths. Unprecedented in the radio market covering Southeastern New England, including the state of Rhode Island, the day of broadcasting included medical, legal and law-enforcement experts including Chris Herren. Additional guests included national mental-health advocate Patrick Kennedy and Gov. Gina Raimondo with husband Andy Moffit.
“11 years later, sitting in studio with you today is a blessing. There was a time in my life I was very close to dying, I was very close to losing everything, but I was very close to living the most fulfilling life I could ever live. That is how close you are, that’s how fine of a line it is and I am just blessed.” – Chris Herren speaking with Tara Granahan of WPRO
Chris Herren and members of his non-profit organization, Herren Project, joined the 15-hour broadcast with host Tara Granahan during the 11-o’clock hour to discuss Chris’s journey to recovery and the Hope Initiative, a first-in-the-nation statewide collaboration between law enforcement and substance use professionals to help guide those in need toward recovery.