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In this first episode of the A-NEWScast, we explore the heroin and prescription opioid epidemic in Athens County.

In part one, Associate Editor David DeWitt interviews Dr. Joe Gay of Health Recovery Services in Athens about the growth of addiction to heroin and prescription painkillers.

In part two, General Assignment Reporter Conor Morris interviews Dr. James Gaskell of the Athens City-County Health Department about overdose deaths and a drastic increase in the transmission of blood-borne pathogens related to the crisis.

Join us again in two weeks for episode two, where we will continue to explore the epidemic.

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