Deadly Consequences with John Rust

Join Kosta and his guest: John Rust, Director of State Programs at Power of Putnam.

Today we’re discussing the impact of substance abuse on the Upper Cumberland, how fentanyl became the number one cause of death for Americans ages 18 to 45 and when to talk with your children about drugs, substance abuse and underage drinking.

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Find out more about John Rust and Power of Putnam:

Additional Resources From This Episode:

Regional Overdose Prevention Specialists:
Suzanne Angel – 615-489-3168  (
Justin Cantrell – 931-854-5768

Lifeline Peer Support Coordinators:
Colby Lane – 615-917-8789 (
Chris Hodges – 931-349-4051—recovery/treatment—recovery/lifeline-peer-project.html

Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America:

Alliance of Drug Endangered Children:

TN Alliance of Drug Endangered Children:

TN Redline:

Parent Conversations with Children about Substance Use:

Reliable Information on Fentanyl (Quality Image Depicting 2 mg of Fentanyl on the Tip of a Pencil):

Depictions from an Active Amateur Fentanyl Lab: