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ProfNet Expert Alerts: Addiction, Shark Week, More


ProfNet Expert Alerts: Addiction, Shark Week, More

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NEW YORK, July 27, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Below are experts from the ProfNet network who are available to discuss timely issues in your coverage area.


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  • Naloxone (Narcan) to Treat Addiction
  • Shark Week: Should You Be Afraid to Go Into the Water?
  • Teaching Empathy


  • Copy Editor – LevFin Insights (NY)
  • Money & Politics Reporter – MarketWatch (DC)
  • Copy Editor – MLex (CA/DC)


  • News in a Snap: 11 News Agencies to Follow on Snapchat
  • Be Your Own Editor: 5 Tips for Expertly Editing Your Own Work
  • Blog Profiles: Craft Beer Blogs



Naloxone (Narcan) to Treat Addiction
Dr. Vitka Eisen
HealthRIGHT 360
Dr. Eisen, an addiction treatment expert, can share her indepth knowledge about the uses of Naloxone (Narcan) and the opioid epidemic, as many of the patients her organization treats are addicts: "No one has an opportunity to recover from addiction if they don't survive an overdose. The only way to get people treatment is if they live, so HealthRIGHT 360 supports widespread distribution of Narcan. It works to block the neurotransmitters in the brain to prevent an overdose – it is a life-saving reversal medication."
Dr. Eisen has spoken about Narcan and its benefits on multiple San Francisco Bay Area TV stations, and is an industry expert in addiction treatment. She is personally 35+ years sober and in long-term recovery from heroine addiction. This personal experience, combined with her professional medical experience with addiction, allows her to speak from both perspectives on medication assisted treatment for drug addiction. She is based in San Francisco.
Contact: Kelsey Frost,

Shark Week: Should You Be Afraid to Go Into the Water?
Dr. John Huber
Mainstream Mental Health
"According to the National Safety Council, your chances of getting attacked by a shark are nearly one in 12 million, and your chances of dying if you are attacked are one in 4 million. You should not be afraid to go into the water. The 1975 film 'Jaws' seems to have had a profound psychological impact on Americans spanning multiple generations. The idea of being devoured alive is horrifying, and that fear has kept an untold number of individuals out of the ocean. When Discovery Channel does their annual 'Shark Week' blitz of programming, I'm sure it has a chilling effect on some. Fear can cause some people to take greater care and caution (especially when swimming). However, too much of it can prevent you from enjoying the great things that life has to offer. The key here is balance."
Dr. Huber is the chairman for Mainstream Mental Health, a nonprofit organization that brings lasting and positive change to the lives of individuals that suffer from mental health issues. A mental health professional for more than 20 years, Dr. Huber is a clinical forensic psychologist and a practitioner with privileges at two long-term acute-care hospitals. He has appeared on more than 300 top-tier radio shows and 30 national television programs, is Law Newz's go-to clinical psychologist, and appears regularly on the "America Trends" national television show. He is also the host of "Mainstream Mental Health Radio," which is heard nationwide and features interviews with today's top mental health professionals.
Contact: Ryan McCormick,

Teaching Empathy
Vonya Womack
Co-Director, Center for Global Learning; Instructor, Business Administration
Cabrini University
"In a vast, interconnected marketplace, there is a compelling need for students to empathize with others, value the dignity of all persons, and understand diverse perspectives to better examine their own contributions as professionals. Through awareness training, students can make a positive impact to improve society, whether it be locally or globally, and ultimately solve problems that transcend borders."
An international presenter and University professor, Womack's work stems from her research on leadership and followership in conflict zones. Her research has provided new ways for academic and training programs to examine interpersonal complexities within large groups based on people's fundamental need to be social. Womack is available to speak on topics including leadership practices focusing on sustainable leadership models in current and post-conflict zones; developing models to promote governance and public policy changes in conflict regions; women's rights and the power of protest and marketing propaganda in North African regions; and cultural awareness training.
Contact: Lori Iannella,



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  • Copy Editor – LevFin Insights (NY)
  • Money & Politics Reporter – MarketWatch (DC)
  • Copy Editor – MLex (CA/DC)



Following are links to other news and resources we think you might find useful. If you have an item you think other reporters would be interested in and would like us to include in a future alert, please drop us a line at

  • NEWS IN A SNAP: 11 NEWS AGENCIES TO FOLLOW ON SNAPCHAT. You might think Snapchat is just for kids and teens, but with more than 180 million daily active users, traditional news outlets have begun creating content for Snapchat's audience. Here are some journalists and news organizations to keep on your Snapchat radar:
  • BE YOUR OWN EDITOR: 5 TIPS FOR EXPERTLY EDITING YOUR OWN WORK. Here are five things we've learned about editing our own work:
  • BLOG PROFILES: CRAFT BEER BLOGS. Each week, PR Newswire's Audience Relations team selects an industry/subject and profiles a handful of sites that do a good job with promoting and contributing to the conversation. This week, they look at a few craft beer blogs: 


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