#31 Is there really an opioid crisis? With NSC’s CEO Debbie Hersman.

Debbie Hersman is the president & CEO of the National Safety Council. Appointed by both President Bush and President Obama, Debbie previously served as chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board. Ms. Hersman was also a senior advisor to the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. Listen as she joins us to discuss America’s Opioid Crisis and what we can do about today’s public health emergency.

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#31: Is there really an opioid crisis? With NSC’s CEO Debbie Hersman.

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Who is Debbie Hersman?

Deborah Hersman is president and chief executive officer of the National Safety Council. The National Safety Council saves lives by preventing injuries and deaths at work, in homes, communities, and on the roads through leadership, research, education and advocacy.

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Prior to joining the National Safety Council, Ms. Hersman served as chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board from 2009 – 2014. Ms. Hersman was first appointed as an NTSB board member by President Bush in 2004 and was reappointed to two additional five-year terms by President Obama in 2009 and 2013. Among her many initiatives as chairman, Ms. Hersman focused attention and actions on distracted driving, child passenger safety and helping victims and their families. Ms. Hersman responded on-scene to more than 25 major transportation crashes, chaired scores of NTSB hearings, forums and events and regularly testified before Congress.

Ms. Hersman was a senior advisor to the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation from 1999-2004. She served as staff director and senior legislative aide to West Virginia Congressman Bob Wise from 1992-1999. Her efforts contributed to the passage of milestone bills such as the Amtrak Reform and Accountability Act, Transportation Equity Act of the 21st Century, the Motor Carrier Safety Improvement Act of 1999, and the Pipeline Safety Improvement Act of 2002.

Ms. Hersman holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in political science and international studies from Virginia Tech, and a Master’s of Science degree in conflict analysis and resolution from George Mason University. She also earned her Advanced Safety Certificate.

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Episode Notes:

  • 22,000 die every year from opioids. 1 person every 24 minutes.
  • Over 20 million people are struggling with addiction today.
  • Every 4 minutes someone dies from a preventable death.
  • Only 1 out of every 10 people has access to treatment.
  • 1 in 3 people is affected by addiction or mental illness today.
  • 90% of the people who struggle with a substance use disorder today started before the age of 18.


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