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It's been just over two years since Prince died of an overdose caused by taking what turned out to be fake Vicodin laced with fentanyl. We're hearing the word fentanyl show up in more and more news stories as the cause of overdoses during the ongoing opioid crisis, so we thought now would be a good time to dig deeper into the topic. We're joined by Brenda Iliff, Executive Director of the Hazelden Betty Ford facility in Naples, for a bit of a history lesson about the drug, and how it's winding up on the streets.

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We’re joined by Richard Keelan, he's a Child Advocate at Lee Health, to learn more about a training course he'll be conducting for people who work with young people. Youth Mental Health First Aid gives people the tools to identify when an adolescent might be struggling with a mental health or substance abuse problem, and to connect them with appropriate support and resources when necessary. This course is aimed at anyone working or volunteering with youth between the ages of 10-18, including teachers, coaches, medical staff, church youth advisors, sports club staff and camp counselors.

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Improv comedy is coming back to Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre in early May, and it comes with a message about dealing with cancer through humor. 


“Harry’s Senior Moment” is presented by the improv-troupe led by 84-year-old Harry Lichtcsein, who has been battling colon cancer since 2011. 

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Southwest Florida musicians and visual artists converge in Sarasota this Saturday for the latest episode of the Art, Rhymes and Beer music and art show series at the Sarasota Event Center.

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Earth Day is this coming Sunday. To celebrate, Gulf Coast Live is on the road at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida.