Addressing the Stigma that Surrounds Addiction

From the Monthly Blog of Dr. Nora Volkow, Exec. Dir. NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON DRUG ABUSE Original Date April 22, 2020 Untreated drug and alcohol use contribute to tens of thousands of deaths every year and impact the lives of many more. Healthcare already has effective tools including medications for opioid and alcohol use disorder that …

Christianity Today: How Good Church People Become Addicts – and How They Recover

Timothy King's article Just Say No to Shame in the December 2016 issue of Christianity Today includes a very insightful comment: "My recovery from opioid addiction began when I realized my addiction had chosen me." King fell to the disease of opioid addiction following suffering from acute necrotizing pancreatitis caused by a surgical procedure. He …

A Review of “Tweak: Growing Up on Methamphetamines” by Nic Sheff

"Raw, powerful, and honest." - The Bookseller "A raw and sad account, vivid in its depiction of the pleasures and tunnel vision of addiction and the challenges of sobriety." - Bulletin of the Center of Children's Books Nic Sheff writes a memoir that is searingly honest, detailing a downward spiral that seems to have no …

Substance Abuse Concerns: Heroin and Prescription Drug Use on the Rise Among Teens

Curriculum Review,  Jan. 2016, Vol. 55 Issue 5, p6-7. 2p. It seems as though some teenagers have always dabbled in drugs, but with increasing access to dangerous prescription opioids and cheap heroin, the problem is especially acute. For some students, drug experimentation will lead to addiction. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), …

How Heroin Kills

The following information appeared in The Sunday Item, April 3, 2016, Sunbury, Pennsylvania. Teresa Stoker gently pulls a sterling silver necklace from beneath the neck of her gray sweatshirt and holds it out beyond her chin. Ashes of 27-year-old Mark Stoker are piled inside a tiny cylinder, strung next to an imprint of her youngest …

“Change is Possible”

In a first in Pennsylvania on March 9, 2016, the Upper Darby Township Police Department in Delaware County announced it will connect residents battling with addiction to a treatment center. According to Michael Chitwood, Police Superintendent, "the police station will be transformed into a safe haven for individuals caught up in addiction. Police officers are …

Drug Overdose Deaths Hit Record Numbers

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that drug overdose deaths hit record numbers in 2014, with more than 47,000 deaths nationwide. CDC has outlined steps for stopping the overdose death epidemic. Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs Secretary Gary Tennis issued the following statement in response: Like the rest of the nation, …

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