Steph Whiteside

Reporter, WSIU

Steph Whiteside is a health and environment reporter with WSIU radio in Carbondale, Ill. She previously worked as a general reporter at AJ+ and Current TV. In her free time, she likes to knit and try to relive the ‘90s through music.

 

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As officials look for ways to stem the opioid epidemic, a lot of effort has been put into limiting narcotic prescriptions. But new research suggests underlying social issues -- like incarceration and poverty -- are linked to overdose deaths. 

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Since February, patients in Illinois have been able to swap their opioid prescriptions for marijuana. And many are doing just that.