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Deborah Hersman

Don't Get Snowed: New Car Technology Could Save Your Life

Deborah Hersman | Posted 02.05.2016 | Technology
Deborah Hersman

During treacherous winter driving conditions, you can stay safe by making use of vehicle technologies standard in almost everything riding on four wheels today, including rental cars.

We Know the Cure to the Opioid Epidemic

Deborah Hersman | Posted 01.26.2016 | Healthy Living
Deborah Hersman

These are good reasons to be thoughtful, if not outright resistant to using opioid painkillers. Opioids are killing more than 18,000 people every year, so asking your doctor, nurse or pharmacist about the alternative options for pain relief and whether opioids are necessary.

What's On My Grown-Up Christmas List

Deborah Hersman | Posted 12.22.2015 | Healthy Living
Deborah Hersman

In the mid-90s, the holiday song "Grown-Up Christmas List" hit radio stations, and its lyrics were painfully close to too many homes. Within each verse were wishes for peace, friendship, forgiveness and justice. Presents under the tree seem trivial when we stop to think about it.

Tonight, Have 'The Talk'... About Opioids

Deborah Hersman | Posted 11.19.2015 | Parents
Deborah Hersman

Like many families, my husband, sons and I often have engaging conversations while we're sitting at the dinner table. Something about that environment naturally lends itself to conversation. Sometimes we just share details from our days, or my kids tell me what they learned at school. But sometimes we have our most thought-provoking talks while putting forks to plates.

The Right Prescription for Pain Treatment

Deborah Hersman | Posted 10.23.2015 | Politics
Deborah Hersman

On Wednesday in West Virginia, President Obama called for additional private and public sector collaboration to end the country's opioid epidemic. The strategy is excellent. These additional components will save lives.

When are the "Odds" really in your favor?

Deborah Hersman | Posted 06.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Deborah Hersman

Mark Twain is credited with saying, "I have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened." I imagine many Americans can relate. When w...

DEA-led 'pill mill' raids will save lives

Deborah Hersman | Posted 05.27.2015 | Crime
Deborah Hersman

When the Drug Enforcement Administration and other law officers carried out their four-state raid on pain clinics and 'pill mills' across the South on Wednesday, they preemptively saved thousands of lives and arrested some of the country's most unassuming sources of illegal drug activity.

Cell Phones: A Potentially Deadly Addiction

Deborah Hersman | Posted 06.28.2015 | Technology
Deborah Hersman

We can't help ourselves. We naturally want more of what makes us feel happy, at ease or socially accepted. Because addiction often is born from pleasure and convenience, even the most innocuous things can become addictive.

The Most Fatally Abused Drug Is in Your Medicine Cabinet

Deborah Hersman | Posted 05.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Deborah Hersman

National Poison Prevention Week is the perfect time to learn how to prevent opioid painkiller overdose and addiction. Know the facts. According to new National Safety Council public opinion poll, few Americans do.

4 Winter Dangers That Could Impact Your Family

Deborah Hersman | Posted 04.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Deborah Hersman

With horrific snow storms making their rounds across the country and frigid temperatures keeping us close to home, be prepared for these four common winter dangers to keep your family safe.

Technology: Friend or Foe?

Deborah Hersman | Posted 03.14.2015 | Impact
Deborah Hersman

While Motor City is rolling out some fantastic new vehicles, including life-saving technologies to alert drivers to hazards and in some cases, actively avoid collisions, we must also be wary of superfluous technologies that claim to make our lives easier, but instead put us more at risk.

Thanksgiving Travel Turns Into Tragedy

Deborah Hersman | Posted 01.21.2015 | Travel
Deborah Hersman

If our everyday lives are hectic, then the holidays are doubly so. How many times have you stayed up late cleaning, packing or worse -- driving through the night to get to your destination to "start your vacation?"

The Apple Doesn't Fall Far From the Tree When It Comes To Driving

Deborah Hersman | Posted 12.22.2014 | Parents
Deborah Hersman

This week is National Teen Driver Safety Week -- the perfect time to examine whether we are being good role models and teaching our teens the skills they need to be safe on the roads.

Take an Extra Look: Child Heatstroke Deaths on the Rise

Deborah Hersman | Posted 09.07.2014 | Impact
Deborah Hersman

The number of children dying from vehicle-induced heatstroke is heartbreaking. We are barely into the hot summer months of 2014, and have already lost the lives of at least 15 children.

In an Instant

Deborah Hersman | Posted 07.28.2014 | Impact
Deborah Hersman

By taking the data on the leading causes of unintentional death by age, a curious thing happens. Three peaks of heightened risk become apparent, helping us identify more dangerous times in our lives.

Transportation Safety Head Calls For End To 'Tombstone Mentality'

AP | JOAN LOWY | Posted 04.24.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration needs to take steps immediately to protect the public from potentially catastrophic oil train accidents e...

NTSB Chair Leaving Post To Head Safety Council

AP | By JOAN LOWY | Posted 05.11.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Deborah Hersman, the chairman of the nation's transportation accident investigations board, is leaving to become the president and...

Women Leaders Sizzle This Summer

Leslie Grossman | Posted 09.23.2013 | Women
Leslie Grossman

Courage, collaboration, innovation, direct communication, listening, confidence, trust, visionary, passion, tenaciousness -- all are words that describe our greatest leaders, be they in business, public affairs, government or social change

Friday Talking Points -- Drop The Nuke, Harry!

Chris Weigant | Posted 09.11.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Go ahead and drop that nuke, Harry! Start approving President Obama's nominees, as the Constitution says you are supposed to. Republicans will be Republicans no matter what you do, and you've already been suckered twice by "handshake agreements" that they won't.

Asiana Airlines Flight 214 and the Breaching of Stabilized Approach Criteria

Michael Kay | Posted 09.09.2013 | World
Michael Kay

Having personally experienced the tsunami of information that a Board of Inquiry has to consider in my previous career, balanced with the unrelenting appetite of the media, Chairwoman Hersman and her investigation team's efforts are commendable.

VOTE: Experts Recommend Lowering Legal Blood Alcohol Limit

AP | JOAN LOWY | Posted 05.14.2013 | Crime

WASHINGTON -- States should cut their threshold for drunken driving by nearly half_ from .08 blood alcohol level to .05_matching a standard that has s...

NTSB Chair To Testify Before Senate Committee On Dreamliner Grounding, Conflict Of Interest

The Huffington Post | Will Wrigley | Posted 04.16.2013 | Politics

Deborah Hersman, the chair of the National Transportation Safety Board, may face tough questions from a Senate committee Tuesday during her testimony ...

NTSB: Tiny 'Fibers' May Have Played Role In 787 Battery Failure

Reuters | Alwyn Scott | Posted 04.13.2013 | Business

SEATTLE, Feb 11 (Reuters) - The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board is investigating whether tiny fiber-like formations, known as dendrites, i...

Colgan Air Gets a Bitch-Slap from the NTSB. Ouch!

Christine Negroni | Posted 01.10.2012 | New York
Christine Negroni

It's apparent that the chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board is a beauty. I've heard people describe her as "angelic." Here's her photo...

Hudson River Landing Illuminating But Not a Miracle

Christine Negroni | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Christine Negroni

In bringing the official investigation into the Hudson River landing of USAirways flight 1549 to a close on Tuesday, the NTSB did not conclude the ditching seen 'round the world was a miracle.