Probation the punishment that keeps on punishing!

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/nov/24/meek-mill-jay-z-colin-kaepernick-prison-probation-protest?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+USA+-+Collections+2017&utm_term=253905&subid=23868035&CMP=GT_US_collection The story of probation. Well many of you would not believe my stories if you witnessed them yourselves. Probation, Prohibition and Police have made my life a living hell. I know my mother who is about as straight laced as they come never believed me, well until she experienced the trauma of our systems […]

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Drug Use, Substance Misuse even Addiction should not prevent access to good health care!

Drug Use, Substance Misuse,  Addiction, Substance Use, …Whether or not a person uses drugs or is addicted to them, should not affect whether or not a doctor will see them, treat them with dignity, respect, or listen to them for that matter, but it does!  I have experienced the most horrific stigmatizing ordeals with medical professionals, […]

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Help me I love an addict!

Help me I love an addict!  What do I do, my _______is an addict, is something that I hear every day.  People call my phone in tears, desperate for answers.  Unfortunately, there is tons of information, much of which comes out of the mouths of people who just do not know what they are saying, or […]

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How do we stop using drugs? Does it take pain to change?

“Louise, you have obviously not hit bottom yet, you have clearly not had enough pain.”  I thought I might explode in anger or disintegrate into tears the last time a so-called-counselor said this to me.  I remember it like it was yesterday.  Two men in suits called me into a small room at the methadone […]

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Indiana’s Opioid-Related HIV Cases

The public health emergency continues in rural Indiana’s Scott County. This part of the state—which typically only sees a handful of new HIV diagnoses every year—has identified 162 new HIV cases since December. Source: Indiana’s Opioid-Related HIV Cases How did this happen?  Are we not testing, educating are we not doing everything we can do […]

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