The Kingfisher Project is a volunteer-based community information project aimed at creating greater awareness and understanding of the heroin and opioid epidemic in our community and across the nation.

Listen to “First Tuesdays With Bill Williams” on WJFF, Catskill Radio 90.5 or on the internet at https://wjffradio.org the first Tuesday of every month at 6:30 EST. 

As part of the initiative, Kingfisher Project volunteers produce radio segments that air on WJFF public radio in Jeffersonville, NY, 90.5 fm.

Kingfisher Project volunteers also work to create awareness in other ways and to raise funds to sustain their awareness work.

The project was established in 2014 to honor the life of a young woman, Rebecca Pisall, 20, who was shot and killed on June 20, 2014, due to her addiction to heroin. (Hear the story of Rebecca here in the initial Kingfisher Project broadcast.)

The project is named for the injured bird Rebecca wrote about in her essay about the value of every life while a senior in high school, before she became addicted. Her former teacher, John Ogozalek, read the essay at Rebecca’s memorial service and a few days later, he read the essay and an intro to it on the public radio program Making Waves. Since then, Rebecca’s mother Julie, her teacher, Mr. O and a number of people decided they wanted to remember Rebecca by doing something that might be useful.

In the media

PRINT MEDIA

The New York Times

Op-Ed – Motherlode

https://parenting.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/05/19/ending-the-secrecy-of-a-childs-addiction/

Op-Ed – Private Lives

https://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/10/28/the-storm-inside/

Harvard Health Blog

The Ghost in the Basement

https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/ghost-basement-addiction-2018011213078

What Ifs: An underappreciated side effect of addiction https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/what-ifs-an-underappreciated-side-effect-of-addiction-2018061414050

Seasons of Grief

http://bit.ly/2R3riIk

National Institute On Drug Abuse

Nora’s Blog

Listening to The Dead

https://archives.drugabuse.gov/about-nida/noras-blog/2016/01/listening-to-dead

Freedom Institute

A Bear, A Ball, A Birthday, A Boy

http://www.freedominstitute.org/a-bear-a-ball-a-birthday-a-boy/

Birthday Trout – Parts 1 & 2

http://www.freedominstitute.org/?s=Birthday+Trout

Will’s Willow

http://www.freedominstitute.org/wills-willow/

Motherwell

To the little girl on the train whose mother is on drugs

 http://bit.ly/2xFS5gn

Treatment Magazine

We Honor Our Son’s Life With an Anatomical Donation

https://treatmentmagazine.com/hope-story-family/honoring-our-sons-life-with-anatomical-donation/

 

Bill Williams’ Blog

Presentation to the House Caucus on Addiction Treatment

and Recovery

http://bit.ly/1lEw0E6

Remarks to Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons Class of 2017

http://billwilliamsblog.blogspot.com/2014/04/remarks-to-class-of-2017-columbia.html

 

TELEVISION/RADIO/PODCASTS

 

New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services

Learning Thursdays

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dsiMV2muOJU

Monday, December 2, 2019 – “First Mondays With Bill Williams” WJFF – Radio Catskill

Interview with Congressman Antonio Delgado (D- NY 19th)

http://bit.ly/355qKp3

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

Testimony to Senate Addiction Forum:  Understanding the Science and Addressing Collateral Consequences 12/2/14

http://bit.ly/1zgE7O3

Testimony at a Congressional Briefing on Understanding the Mental Health and Addiction Equity Act 5/14/15

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r3ae-f7rM7s&feature=youtu.be

Testimony at House Bipartisan Task Force to Combat the Heroin Epidemic: Families Impacted by Addiction 5/18/16

 https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLKYBcsTobTak7yD690q4s_f6SoOx9hbNb

Address at NIDA (National Institute on Drug Abuse – Division of NIH)

Staff Recognition Day 10/30/15

https://stopthesilencespeakthetruth.wordpress.com/2015/11/11/heroin-stole-teir-son-bill-williams-and-margot-head-will-not-rest-until-the-war-on-addiction-is-won

 

Featured Interviews

Tuesday, March 1, 2022

Interview with Dr. Carl Erik Fisher about his new book, The URGE, Our History of Addiction

Part 1

Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Interview with Dr. Carl Erik Fisher about his new book, The URGE, Our History of Addiction

Part 2

Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Interview with journalist and author Sam Quinones about his new book, The Least of Us

Part 1

Tuesday, December 21, 2021

Interview with journalist and author Sam Quinones about his new book, The Least of Us

Part 2

Monday, December 2, 2019 

Interview with Congressman Antonio Delgado (D- NY 19th)

 

Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Interview with Maia Szalavitz, author of newly released Undoing Drugs – The Untold Story of Harm Reduction and the Future of Addiction

Part 1

 

Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Interview with Maia Szalavitz, author of newly released Undoing Drugs – The Untold Story of Harm Reduction and the Future of Addiction

Part 2

 

Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Interview with author David Poses about his new book, The Weight of Air

Part 1

 

Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Interview with author David Poses about his new book, The Weight of Air

Part 2

 

 

 

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