Written by: Nick Houser
Date: September 1, 2017

Middletown Lt. Bryan Oliver says calls for fires are rare, but his station responds to several overdoses each day.

Middletown Fire Lieutenant Bryan Oliver was featured in a story Esther Honig reported on for Side Effect Public Media this summer about the city’s financial strain due to the opioid crisis.

Always looking to collaborate with other public media organizations to bring important stories to our listeners, 89.7 NPR News has joined a unique heath care reporting project.

WOSU-FM is one of six midwestern public radio stations taking part in Side Effects Public Media.

Side Effects Public Media logo Side Effects is a health news initiative exploring the impacts of place, policy and economics on America’s health.

The reporting sheds light on root causes of community-wide health problems—from chronic disease, to mental health and addiction, to infant mortality—and on new efforts to solve them. The project will also examine topics including access to care, inequities, research and the business of health care.

We’re intent on telling stories from under-covered communities and hidden-away places.

89.7 NPR News Reporter Esther Honig is WOSU’s representative for the project. She regularly contributes health care stories from central Ohio which air on stations around the region.

89.7 NPR News will air at least one Side Effects story each week and all of the reports are available on our website wosu.org.

The project is funded in part by a grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Other Side Effects Public Media stations include WFYI in Indianapolis; KBIA is Columbia, Missouri; St. Louis Public Radio; Illinois Public Media in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois; and WNIN in Evansville, Indiana.