Chris Elkins, Writer and Researcher for

Chris Elkins

About Chris

Chris is a senior writer and researcher for He writes to help people understand the underlying causes of addiction and inspire those suffering from addiction to seek treatment.

Chris has interviewed experts throughout the addiction industry, including Dr. Glen Hanson, former interim director of NIDA, Dr. Andrew Kolodny, co-founder of Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing, and Dr. Samuel A. Ball, President and CEO of the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse.

In addition to, Chris's guest columns on addiction have appeared in The Crime Report, the Orlando Sentinel and several other publications.

Chris also regularly interviews individuals in recovery from addiction to help share their stories and inspire others to get help.

  • Chris possesses a master's degree in strategic communication and leadership, a graduate-level certificate in health communication leadership and a bachelor's degree in journalism.
  • Chris has been writing for more than six years and has been published by numerous publications including daily newspapers, magazines and a variety of online media outlets.
  • Chris enjoys health care research and writing, and he has a passion for health communication and patient-centered communication.

Chris began writing professionally in college while working for the campus newspaper, The Voyager, and interning and freelancing at the Pensacola News Journal. After earning a journalism degree from the University of West Florida, he began working in the university's athletic communications office.

During that time he earned a master's degree in strategic communication and leadership and a graduate-level health communication certificate. He also led communications projects for various nonprofit organizations in the Pensacola community and gained experience working in the field of health care.

He developed a passion for writing about health-related topics while researching and writing for health communication researcher Dr. Athena du Pre's textbook "Communicating About Health: Current Issues and Perspectives"

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