It’s a problem that medical experts say has grown to epidemic proportions across the country–opioid addiction.

In this edition of Northwest Now, we take a closer look at this epidemic and see what’s being done to keep people from the pitfalls of drug addiction, especially those who became addicted through taking medically-prescribed painkillers.

We’ll hear from Dr. Gary Franklin, Medical Director from Washington Labor and Industries, and UW Researcher Caleb Banta-Green. We’ll also take you to Mason County where we’ll meet a local doctor who treats those addicted to opioid pain killers, find out how she’s working to find alternative forms of pain relief for her patients.

The Emmy and Telly Award-winning public affairs series Northwest Now airs Fridays at 7:30 p.m. on KBTC Public Television, a service of Bates Technical College.

Use the list below to find us on TV. You can also watch past episodes and learn more about our show on our website.


KBTC 28.1, 28.2, 28.3 digital channels, (including K41KT-D Grays River-Lebam and K24IC-D, Bellingham and Channel 16 Digital, Seattle)

KCKA 15.1, 15.2, 15.3 digital channels


Comcast channel 108 (HD, most areas in Western Washington)

Comcast channel 12 (most areas – in Tacoma, Comcast channel 3)

Click! (Tacoma) channel 3 Rainier Connect channel 10

Broadstripe channel 28 (varies by area)

Verizon FiOS channel 28
Frontier Cable: 528 (HD), 28 (SD), and 474 (MHz Worldview)


Dish channel 28 (may appear as 8620)