Voter suppression and the ongoing opioid epidemic were main topics of discussion on America’s Work Force Radio.
Chauncey K. Robinson, writer and film/TV critic, was the first guest on the Oct. 29 show. She discussed how a piece of policy in the state of Georgia is creating voter suppression. The policy, called “Exact Match” requires the name of voters to be the exact same on all official state documents. Voter’s whose names are not the same could have their voter application placed on hold or disqualified. Robinson said more than 50,000 voter applications are sitting on hold at the Secretary of State’s office, with the majority of the applicants being African-American. She also talks about the “Use It or Lose It” voter policy, which also disenfranchises voters.
During the second segment of America’s Work Force Radio, Dr. Paul Sethi and Fred Muench talked about the going opioid epidemic. Dr. Sethi, a sports medicine specialist, discussed finding non-opioid alternatives for postoperative recovery to combat the 12 percent of people who become addicted to or are dependent on their painkillers during their recovery period. Muench, President and CEO of the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, discussed how doctors and patients need to build a pain management plan prior to surgery. They also spoke about non-opioid alternatives and the disposal of extra pain medication following a patient’s recovery.
Show host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed a lawsuit against President Trump by a federal employee union on overtime pay cutbacks without any collective bargaining.