This is the first in a series about addiction. Each episode is recorded at the Appalachian Addiction and Prescription Drug Abuse Conference held at the Marriott at Waterfont Place in Morgantown, WV. This episode is an interview about the stigma of addiction with Dr. Alisa Duran of the University of Minnesota and Ken Rodenbaugh, an experienced emergency medicine and mental health nurse.
Dr. Alisa Duran is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Minnesota and practices internal medicine at the Minneapolis VA Hospital in the Women’s Health Clinic. Dr. Duran has spent her career focused on medical education of both residents and medical students. She currently serves as a Faculty Advisor in the University of Minnesota Medical School and directs Women’s Health education at the Minneapolis VA. Dr. Duran is also a physician in recovery from alcohol use. She has been working to decrease the stigma around mental health and substance use issues in health care providers.
Ken Rodenbaugh has been an Emergency Medicine and Mental Health nurse for over 13 years. He has earned his National Certifications in Addictions Nursing and Emergency Nursing, is a graduate of the Recovery and Monitoring Program of New Jersey, and is currently a member of the third cohort of the New Jersey Hospital Executive Leadership Academy whose primary focus is establishing new policies to help fight the opioid epidemic we are currently facing, and the stigma surrounding it. Ken has spoken to thousands of nurses throughout the country, sharing his story of recovery which began on Feb 12, 2013 after being terminated for diversion of narcotics. Ken’s passion to educate on active addiction, recovery, and stigma is contagious, and he is always excited to open the minds of whoever is willing to listen.