August 29, 2019
Aug 29

In new episode of Clinton Foundation podcast, President Bill Clinton addresses the ongoing opioid crisis with former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy and members of Clinton Foundation community

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For Immediate Release: August 29, 2019

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In new episode of Clinton Foundation podcast, President Bill Clinton addresses the ongoing opioid crisis with former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy and members of Clinton Foundation community

President Clinton sits down with Dr. Vivek Murthy and Harm Reduction Coalition Board Member Julie Stampler to discuss strategies to combat stigma, prevent overdoses, and save lives


NEW YORK – To mark the beginning of September as National Recovery Month, former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy and Harm Reduction Coalition Board Member and Clinton Foundation partner Julie Stampler join President Bill Clinton to discuss how we can fight this escalating crisis. This episode also features personal stories from members of the Clinton Foundation community who have overcome substance-use disorders and are now helping others recover – including Mark Kinzly, who co-founded the Texas Overdose Naloxone Initiative, which helps to increase naloxone access and bring overdose awareness and trainings to the state of Texas; and Clinton Global Initiative University alumna Sarah Gad, whose CGI U commitment and work focuses on increasing medication-assisted treatment for incarcerated people struggling to survive and conquer their addiction.

The Clinton Foundation’s Opioid Response Network has been responding to the opioid crisis since 2012 by working with partners to expand access to life-saving naloxone, engage influential faith leaders in hard-hit communities to reduce stigma, and translate research into practice with institutions such as the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Harvard Medical School.

This episode kicks off the Clinton Foundation’s National Recovery Month campaign in September, which will feature new video, blog, and social media content to educate the community about the opioid epidemic, support people in recovery, and share ways to act.

Click here to listen to “The Opioid Crisis in America: Working Together to Save Lives”

In this episode, Dr. Murthy shares his experiences traveling the country and speaking with Americans who have been impacted by the crisis, as well as his efforts to create the first-ever Surgeon General's Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health.

"If we want to address the opioid epidemic, we don't just need good treatment and counseling. We actually need community. We need connection as well. There is nobody I have met who has come through the dark tunnel of addiction and emerge on the other side who has not had somebody that they trust who has believed in them, especially when they were not able to believe in themselves," said former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy.

The Clinton Foundation, with over 15 years of experience tackling complex health challenges, is uniquely positioned to provide communities across the United States with the tools and resources they need to combat the epidemic and save lives. President Clinton has long been committed to fighting substance use disorders, with several people close to him having lost loved ones to addiction and overdose.

The podcast is a co-production of the Clinton Foundation and At Will Media, published without commercials, and available without a subscription fee now on Apple Podcasts and other podcast platforms. Previous episodes include:

  • “Dawn Staley Has the Courage to Compete”: A conversation between President Bill Clinton and three-time Olympic gold medalist and NCAA women’s basketball championship coach Dawn Staley discussing perseverance, leadership, and how, given the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team’s fight for equal pay, women’s sports are about much more than playing a game;
  • “Paul Farmer Fights for Global Health Equity”: In this episode, pioneering physician, anthropologist, and Partners in Health co-founder Dr. Paul Farmer joins Chelsea Clinton to talk about his life’s work to deliver quality, comprehensive health care and fight devastating diseases in some of the poorest places on Earth;
  • “We, The People”: In this special episode for Independence Day, President Bill Clinton traces the evolution of the presidency from America’s founding through the present day and explores how the best presidents aimed to build an America that more closely resembled our highest aspirations;
  • Stonewall50: Pride, Progress, and the Future Fight for LGBTQ+ Rights: A conversation between Chelsea Clinton and Stonewall Inn owner Kurt Kelly commemorating the 50thAnniversary of the Stonewall riots and World PRIDE;
  • Too Small to Fail: A conversation between Chelsea Clinton and Early Childhood Experts Ralph Smith and Dr. Susan Neuman;
  • José Andrés Controls the Fire: A conversation between President Clinton and chef, humanitarian, and Clinton Foundation partner José Andrés to discuss disaster recovery and resiliency in the Caribbean.

“Why Am I Telling You This?” – featured on Entertainment Weekly’s Must List – includes conversations with President Clinton, Chelsea Clinton, Clinton Foundation partners, and special guests. Drawing on their own experiences, they share stories of the people, issues, and events that have shaped our world and the Clinton Foundation’s work – and why we should be optimistic about the future. The series covers issues related to the Foundation’s work; conversations on global leadership; reflections on the Clinton Administration; and President Clinton’s wide range of interests and well-known intellectual curiosity.

Here's what listeners are saying: 

  • "So excellent! Story-telling done in a clear and compelling way."
  •  "Completely wonderful and inspiring."
  • "What news magazines used to be and should still be."
  • "I think we need to hear these stories. We need to be reminded we are all one family and President Clinton does it in a most wonderful way."
  •  “Intersectional storytelling that provides intimate and moving moments with former President Clinton, a glimpse into the stories behind a giant philanthropic organization and examples of how we tackle the big problems and create lasting change.”


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About the Clinton Foundation

Building on a lifetime of public service, President Clinton established the Clinton Foundation on the simple belief that everyone deserves a chance to succeed, everyone has a responsibility to act, and we all do better when we work together. For nearly two decades, that premise has energized the work of the Foundation in overcoming complex challenges and improving the lives of people across the United States and around the world.

As an operating foundation, we work on issues directly or with strategic partners from the business, government, and nonprofit sectors to create economic opportunity, improve public health, and inspire civic engagement and service. Our programs are designed to make a real difference today while serving as proven models for tomorrow. The goal of every effort is to use available resources to get better results faster – at the lowest possible cost.

We firmly believe that when diverse groups of people bring resources together in the spirit of true cooperation, transformative ideas will emerge to drive life-changing action.


About At Will Media

Founded in 2015 by CEO Will Malnati, At Will Media is a full-service media company based in Manhattan and Los Angeles. With over 50 years of combined experience, At Will Media sets the pace for the podcast industry as a partner for branded content and a hub for successful and critically acclaimed originals. From podcasts to custom Amazon Alexa Skills, At Will Media powers and produces shows for high-profile clients such as GQ, Morgan Stanley, Town & Country, WeWork, Viacom, 1 Hotels, and more.  The firm notably went on to produce the first daily audio product by L’Oréal and Hearst Beauty for Amazon’s Alexa. 2019 saw AWM receive a nomination in the category of “Best Branded Podcast” at the iHeartRadio Podcast Awards for The Atlantic Magazine’s podcast The Future According to Now, Season 2.  At Will Media' executive team is headed by entrepreneur Will Malnati, Glee actress and Emmy/Tony-award winner Jenna Ushkowitz, former Twitter exec Julie Martin and Audible alum Mitch Bluestein.