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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, April 8, 2015 7A KQNY radio show exposes the reality of drug abuse James Wilson Staff Writer jwilson@plumasnews.com A Quincy woman is taking powerful heart-wrenching stories of people who triumphed over drug use to the radio waves. "The Jane and John Doe Show" airs on the Quincy public broadcast station KQNY in an attempt to spread a message of hope to addicts, their families and people that love them. "I think the big deal is to let people in this bad situation knowthey're not alone and there is hope," said Erin Roth, the show's host, about the message she hopes is evident in the program. The format is simple, yet powerful, Roth described. Former drug users simply tell their stories -- what drove them to drug use, how their habits formed, how it affected their lives and relationships, and how they finally started the long process of recovery. Guests on the show remain anonymous. Roth records the show during different times at unspecified locations in order to protect the identities of the guests. Guests on the show are always referred to as Jane or John. Roth first got the idea for the show about two years ago. Six stations in Reno were broadcasting a show with the same name as a public service for Narcotics Anonymous. "I think it's a great public service," said KQNY station manager Tommy Miles. "And Erin is uniquely qualified to handle this topic." Before moving to Quincy, Roth worked as facilities manager at several recovery centers in Orange County. When she moved to Quincy, she worked for the Plumas County Department of Alcohol and Other Drugs. Roth said patients felt comfortable talking with her, and would open up and share their stories. Hearing these stories, Roth thought, could help others on their paths to recovery. Roth decided she would bring these stories to Plumas County airwaves. Narcotics Anonymous provided people with stories, and Roth worked over a year recording interviews. To date, Roth has recorded 23 interviews. Over the last year, KQNY has aired 21 of them. "Oh my gosh!" Roth said. "These are unbelievable stories. Normal-looking people will talk about these startling situations that at the time were normal for them." These situations, said Roth, range from being abandoned, abandoning others, living in poVerty and hitting a low they never thought they would hit. "It never seems to me like I've heard the same story," Roth said. "A lot of these stories will span decades. The situations are not good, but they become more understandable, in a way." The interviews are often graphic in nature, Roth warned, because they deal with an actual problem that plagues the community, nation and world. "A lot of what you'll hear on the show isn't really spoken out loud much;" Roth continued. Each show not only chronicles the low in guests' lives, but also how they triumphed over active addiction. The message Roth intends is that there is hope for actively addicted people. "The idea is that maybe listeners who are currently using will look for help," she said. "The honesty and sometimes heart-wrenching tales make this show both unique and valuable for our community to shed light where often only darkness resides." The Jane and John Doe Show airs Thursdays atll p.m. and Sundays at 9 p.m. on KQNY, 91.9 FM. Listeners can also stream the show at the same times by going to kqny919.org. Plumas DIS'TRIC'F HOSPITAL Dawn Burke CCA, Health Information Management Coder Dawn is constantly working behind the scenes to promote teamwork and positivity, which is a rare trait these days. Dawn is supportive, flexible and willing to assist when others are overwhelmed or need assistance. Dawn is truly a caring, attentive, and positive employee and co-worker. I am recommending Dawn for the Employee of the Month as a light needs to be shown on Dawn to those who do not interact with her so they can see how she radiates _ positivity to others and her hard work in HIM. Congratulations Dawn Burke Plumas District Hospital Em ployee of the Month of March 2015 ! DF00AGO LADI . JOIN AN EASY-GOING GROI. LAUNCN OF Tills YEAR'S L THURSDAY, APRIL FIRST SESSION PLEASE CALL Erin Roth interviews a guest on her KQNY radio program "The Jane and John Doe Show." On the show, Roth aims to shed light on the struggles drug addicts go through on their paths to recovery. Guests on the show, which airs Thursday and Sunday nights, tell their stories of addiction and recovery. Photo by James Wilson Now Open for the 2015 season 6ood Food ,, Good Wine Good Company Reservations Recommended 530" 836" 2121 545 Mohawk Hwy, Blairsden www.cucciaspastapizzawinebar.com Spring Hours: Wednesday thru Saturday 5pm-Closing APRIL IS MMUNI BANKING MONTH! H 1 More Jobs Better Schools Healthier Li Brighter Future le Together, we're building a better community. PLUMAS BANK 888.3PLUMAS plumasbank.com