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The Good Samaritan

The Good Samaritan

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On a Tuesday afternoon back in the summer of 2017, Scotty Hatton and Scottie Wightman both made a decision to help someone in need. They both paid a price for their actions that day, which have led to a legal, moral, and scientific puzzle about how we balance accountability and forgiveness. 


In this episode, we go to Bath County, Kentucky, where, as one health official put it, opioids have created “a hole the size of Kentucky.” We talk to the people on all sides of this story about stemming the tide of overdoses, we wrestle with the science of poison and fear, and we try to figure out when the drive to protect and help those around us should rise above the law.


This story was reported by Peter Andrey Smith with Matt Kielty, and produced by Matt Kielty.


Special thanks to Earl Willis, Bobby Ratliff, Ronnie Goldie, Megan Fisher, Alan Caudill, Nick Jones, Dan Wermerling, Terry Bunn, Robin Thompson and the staff at KIPRC, Charles Landon, Charles P Gore, Jim McCarthy, Ann Marie Farina, Dr. Jeremy Faust and Dr. Ed Boyer, Justin Brower, Kathy Robinson, Zoe Renfro, John Bucknell, Chris Moraff, Jeremiah Laster, Tommy Kane, Jim McCarthy, Sarah Wakeman, and Al Tompkins. 


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CDC recommendations on helping people who overdose: https://www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/pdf/patients/Preventing-an-Opioid-Overdose-Tip-Card-a.pdf


Find out where to get naloxone: https://prevent-protect.org/


 


 


 


 

Comments (12)

Paul Madrid

what I don't understand is why would you let more ppl in the house if it was dangerous? that's just adding to the charges.

Jun 7th
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MrSLY DS

dude just except the fact that you yourself panicked and lost your shit. it wasn't the junkies fault. I thought about it and said what, you can't get an overdose from rubbing up on someone else..that sounds so out of this world. truck driver guy annoys me lmao

Jun 7th
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Russ MacKay

Really biased reporting, first time I've listened to a Radiolab episode where I just felt the reporting was poor

Jun 1st
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Cory

no junkie EVER thinks its their fault. the reporters sounded like they were woo-ed by a junkie

May 30th
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Clinton Crick

What an episode.

May 28th
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Heather Boylen

how can you just ruin other people's lives because you think you are morally superior after you killed other people in your damn murder truck??!!!

May 25th
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Cory

Heather Boylen your siding with a junkie over a person whose job is selfless. you are detached

May 30th
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Wendy Bruder

Heather Boylen he was in a traffic accident. none of that was his fault. he used the accident to help other people. you are insane.

May 29th
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Heather Boylen

OMG what self righteous dick! How can you be so fucking unaware of your hypocrisy?! your insurance company took responsibility for your actions, not you. how can the reporters not laugh in their face about how absurd this is. also all this stuff about fentenyl is bullshit.

May 25th
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Cory

Heather Boylen wrong again, he was sued into bankruptcy in civil court.

May 30th
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TurtleToast

Life Saver!👍

May 25th
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