On Second Thought For Tuesday, May 1, 2018

New research on anxiety in the workplace finds in some cases, anxiety can actually help improve employee performance. Georgia State University psychology professor Page Anderson developed a technology to help people with social anxiety by using virtual reality. The software simulates real life settings that cause patients anxiety, helping them learn to cope before they have to confront the same scenarios in the real world. 


According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, prescription opioids alone killed more than 32,000 people in 2016. Nationwide, communities are examining the role of syringe exchange programs in the opioid epidemic. One Georgia pastor plans to move forward with a needle exchange program at his church. But as GPB’s Ellen Eldridge reports, that’s not going over well in his conservative community in Cherokee County.

The U.S. Surgeon General last month advised more Americans to carry Naloxone, a drug that can reverse opioid overdoses. Across the country, first responders, drug prevention centers and addicts’ families are investing in it, but the cost is going up. A few years ago, Georgia lawmakers passed a bill allowing law enforcement officials to be trained to carry and administer Naloxone. We re-visit a 2015 conversation that GPB Special Correspondent Celeste Headlee had with three people who have experience administering Naloxone in the field.

The TV series "Archer" returned for its ninth season last week on the FX Network. The animated series is made in Atlanta. GPB Special Correspondent Celeste Headlee talks with actor Lucky Yates, who plays the mad scientist Dr. Krieger.