The Public's Health: Exclusive interview with Health Resources in Action by You Are Here From WERS published on 2014/02/23 21:24:49 +0000 Germs, diseases, they don’t answer to anyone, meaning your health is hard to control. For health officials it’s even trickier. The people you elected, and those they nominated, are making decisions to keep you healthy everyday. This week You Are Here explores these policies and regulations. We look at some of the controversies of those situations and where collective action is necessary. First in the show, this discussion will take us to public parks. A new ban on smoking in public parks goes into effect this year, after being approved by former Mayor Tom Menino. Zhihong Li reports this isn’t the first obstacle to getting a nicotine fix in Boston. And the smoking debate doesn’t end there. The state is building an entirely new industry for marijuana distribution. Reporter John King traces weed through a maze of regulations and hoops, showing you what will be the path from grower to dispensary in Massachusetts. Next, another medicinal debate consuming the entire country. It wasn’t long ago that Massachusetts voters were asked to consider the choice to die. For the past five decades, physician assisted suicide has been debated by family members, doctors and politicians. Reporter Samantha Manns brings us the debate as it stands today. And this year marked the start of a new method to fight a growing epidemic in Boston. Reporter Patrick Torphy explores the initiative meant to better arm first responders across Boston against heroin. To end the show we talk to two special guests about the future in public health. We’ll take a deeper look at how we define policy on issues ranging from drug regulations to a public health approach to violence. Then, we’ll talk to Inder Singh of Kinsa Health about a new “smart” take on an old medical practice. Check out older shows at wers.org or Sunday mornings on WERS 88.9 FM Boston.