The Dirty Secret of Substance Abuse in Public Safety

In Substance Abuse in Public Safety I was fortunate to have a conversation with my good friend Hank. Not only did Hank and I talk about the hardship faced by all who swear an oath to protect, respond and treat those who call 911, but we also broke new ground for the KEV Talks Podcast: We put together a full YouTube video podcast!

In this episode my good friend Henry “Hank” Smith and I catch up a bit, share his story, then get into the well known but often overlooked issued: substance abuse in Public Safety.

UPDATED 11/14/2022: NOW Live on all major podcast platforms

Key timestamps:

  • 0:00 Reunited…and it feels so good
  • 01:48 Hank’s story begins
  • 12:26 First cardiac arrest call
  • 19:50 Sharing his story
  • 28:35 Where there’s smoke
  • 38:37 Putting the article together
  • 50:00 Looking inward
  • 01:05:00 Public Safety progress
  • 01:11:55 Know you’re not alone

*To contact Hank and learn more about him or book time with him to share the Substance Abuse in Public Safety presentation contact him at or on Instagram @henry.smith.804

** Read Hank’s article here (pgs. 11 & 12)

And remember…

  1. Have a plan to keep teams on track
  2. Stay informed with facts not fear
  3. Get involved to make a difference

Have a plan, stay informed and get involved,


Kevin Pannell, PMP | Creator & Host ‘KEV Talks’ and ‘You-Jitsu‘ Podcast | Principal on the Pannell5 Fitness Club YouTube Channel

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