Are we having Fun Yet? Drugs, Addiction, and Treatment.

Why do we as a society hate medication assisted treatment so much?  Why are we so sure that punishment and pain will change things for people who are addicted to drugs? I have spent the last 10 years fighting for change in the substance use field, fighting to end the drug war, working to change policies which […]

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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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The Loss of Me

I have kept a journal throughout my life, even in some of the most chaotic times.  I am really thankful I have done this because it provides me with an amazing amount of insight into my thinking and my pain.  Sometimes  I need to see my past on paper because there are so many lessons […]

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Jeff Sessions Deserves a stay in one of his Private Prisons

https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/02/28/us/politics/jeff-sessions-crime.html?post_id=10209448668587705_10209448672747809#_=_ The Drug War is responsible for so much suffering and death in America and all around the world.  Prohibition in and of itself creates underground markets and criminal behavior.  I felt like we were beginning to make progress with the ending of mandatory minimums and the phasing out of private prisons.  I saw hope […]

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International Family Day

#SeeThePersonNotTheDrug      –   February 24, 2017 Urban Survivor’s Union is excited and proud to be partnering with organizations across the globe for International Family Drug Support Day on February 24, 2017. Tony Trimingham is the founder of Australia’s Family Drug Support Organization.  February 24, 2016 (the anniversary of Damien Trimingham’s death due to […]

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