Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Substance Abuse 411-#54-Sober in the City-Debbie Strand

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Substance Abuse 411-#54-Sober in the City-Debbie Strand

From an almost fatal drug overdose to being sober for 8 years now, Debbie Strand understands first hand how substance abuse can take control of one's life and how one can also regain their life again through recovery. An outgrowth of Debbie's personal journey is a weekly two hour radio program called "Sober in the City."

Sober in the City, heard Sunday night from 9-11 PM Pacific time, shares the voices of those around the country telling their stories of addiction and recovery and letting people know their is a path out of the destructive life they lead.

Join us on this edition of Substance Abuse 411 to hear Debbie's own story and how "Sober in the City" is making an impact in so many lives by giving a central voice to those in need of hope.

Website:    www.SoberintheCity.com

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Sunday, December 9, 2012

Substance Abuse 411-#53-People Advocating Recovery-Mike Barry

Substance Abuse 411-#53-People Advocating Recovery-Mike Barry

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Imagine you are a well respected television news anchorman and you are at the top of your game. However, your life has been taken over by alcoholism and it sends you into a downward spiral that not only destroys your career but your life.

That is what happened to Mike Barry. However, he worked his way to sobriety and from that formed People Advocating Recovery, an advocacy group that is working to eliminate barriers to recovery from addiction.

Mike joins us on Substance Abuse 411 to talk about his life from his alcoholism to now being a leading advocate for those that have won the battle against any type of substance abuse and the changes in not only attitudes but laws he champions to help those in recovery.

Website:    www.PeopleAdvocatingRecovery.org

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Substance Abuse 411-#52-Battling the Heroin Crisis in St. Louis in Unique Way-Dan Duncan

Substance Abuse 411-#52-Battling Heroin Crisis in St Louis-Dan Duncan

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Sadly, heroin use across the United States is on the rise. In St. Louis, Missouri, they are seeing a tragic increase in overdose deaths from heroin not only in the inner city but also the affluent suburbs.

In 2010, they had over 200 overdose deaths among young people in the Greater St. Louis area. Because of that, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence in the St. Louis region swung into action and came up with a community concept to battle the problem incorporating a website.  That website (www.not-even-once.com) is providing valuable information in one spot for young and old, users, family members and concerned citizens.

Substance Abuse 411 talks with Dan Duncan the Director of Community Services with NCADD-St. Louis about the program and how it is bringing awareness of the heroin problem to the forefront in the region.

Website:   www.Not-Even-Once.com

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Friday, November 23, 2012

Substance Abuse 411-#51-Community Response to Opiate Crisis in Great Cincinnati Area-Ann Barnum

Substance Abuse 411-#51-Community Response to Opiate Crisis Greater Cincinnati Area-Ann Barnum

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Heroin use is increasing in the tri-state area of Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana around the Cincinnati area. Why? Effective laws that are making prescription opiates harder to obtain.

Scioto County in Ohio with a population of 76,000 people had 35 million pain pills prescribed in one year during the height of the prescription drug epidemic.

Now, because of new laws, those addicted to prescription drugs are turning to shooting or snorting heroin.

Substance Abuse 411 talks with Ann Barnum, Senior Program Officer-Substance Abuse Disorders with the Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati about the growing problem and what the 15 counties that the organization serves are doing to battle this growing problem.

Website:   www.HealthFoundation.org

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Friday, November 16, 2012

Substance Abuse 411-#50-Doctors’ Concerns over Patient Ratings May Role in Opioid Prescriptions-Anna Lembke

Substance Abuse 411-#50-Doctors' Concerns Over Patient Ratings May Play Role in Opioid Rx-Anna Lembke

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Prescription drug abuse in the United States has been a growing problem in recent years. What if it is being aided by doctors that are worried about NOT prescribing drugs for pain? That is what a recent opinion piece in the New England Journal  of Medicine pondered.

Anna Lembke, a M.D. and Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at Stanford University delved into the problem One of her major points, Americans' have an attitude that "all suffering is avoidable" and that treatment of pain has become the Holy Grail of of compassionate medical care.

Substance Abuse 411 delves deeper into this opinion piece with the author Anna Lembke on this edition.

Website: http://med.stanford.edu/profiles/Anna_Lembke/

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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Substance Abuse 411-#49-Community Solutions for Youth in Trouble-Jennifer Carreon

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Substance Abuse 411-#49-Community Solutions for Youth in Trouble-Jennifer Carreon-Texas Criminal Justice Coalition

Prevention is always the best policy when it comes to substance abuse.  However, ours is not a perfect world and sadly most of the substance abuse work comes after a problem arises and many times when it rears its ugly head in the justice system.

The Texas Criminal Justice Coalition has looked at the incarceration of youth in a recent study and found that keeping the youth closer to home in county situations is much better than sending them off to state facilities far away. That allowed them to stay connected to their family and more likely to focus on rehabilitation and less likely to wind up back in the juvenile justice system.

Jennifer Carreon a policy researcher with the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition talks to Substance Abuse 411 about the studies findings and how Texas is working to solve the problem.

Website:  www.TexasCJC.org

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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Substance Abuse 411-#48-Ineffective School Discipline Policies-Jeanette Moll

Substance Abuse 411-#48-Ineffective School Discipline Policies-Jeanette Moll

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Substance Abuse 411 goes off-topic a little bit to discuss how Zero Tolerance policy in schools could actually increase substance abuse problems and other troublemaking or criminal behavior.

While Zero Tolerance policies were enacted with good intentions, they sadly have left any room for the use of common sense in non-threatening situations.

Jeanette Moll is a juvenile justice police analyst in the Center for Effective Justice at the Texas Public Policy Foundation. She talks with Substance Abuse 411 about findings in a recent study in Texas on Zero Tolerance and how it really has hurt and not helped the problem.

Website:  www.TexasPolicy.com

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Substance Abuse 411-#47—SBIRT-Dr. John Agley-Indiana Prevention Research Center

Substance Abuse 411-#47--SBIRT-Dr. John Agley-Indiana Prevention Research Center

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jagleyThere's a "new" approach to substance abuse screening and intervention called SBIRT or Service,Brief Intervention, Referral and Treatment. The beauty of SBIRT is that it is implemented at the grassroots level, your medical provider's office.

The SBIRT screening process is done verbally with a nurse or medical assistant. The patient is "pre-screened by asking 3 to 4 questions about drug/alcohol abuse that can point to a potential problem. If a problem is indicated, a full verbal screening then takes place.

According to the risk level, the nurse, medical assistant or doctor could have a small educational/motivational discussion with the patient.

This brief "intervention" has the potential to influence a person enough to decrease moderate risk behaviors.

Substance Abuse 411 learns more about the SBIRT program from Dr. John Agley, Evaluation Direction of the Indiana SBIRT Program under the auspices of the Indiana Prevention Research Center at Indiana University.

Website:  www.drugs.indiana.edu

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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Substance Abuse 411-#46-2012 Back-to-School Teen Survey-Emily Feinstein-Senior Policy Analyst-CASA Columbia

Substance Abuse 411-#46-2012 Back-to-School Teen Survey--Emily Feinstein-Senior Policy Analyst-The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University

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Emily Feinstein PhotoThe 17th annual back-to-school survey conducted by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University has some very chilling data that may shock parents and others into action.

Just the opening piece of date that almost 9 of 10 high school students say that some classmates are using drugs, drinking or smoking during the school day.

That is just the tip of the iceberg in the study.

Substance Abuse 411 gets an in-depth summation of the survey and what can be done to counteract the growing problem from Emily Feinstein. Feinstein is a Senior Policy Analyst at the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University.

Listen, learn and share.

Website:  www.CASAColumbia.org

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Thursday, August 16, 2012

Substance Abuse 411-#45-Take Home Naloxone to Fight Drug Overdose-Dr. Sharon Stancliff-Harm Reduction Coalition

Substance Abuse 411-#45-Take-Home Naloxone to Fight Drug Overdose-Dr. Sharon Stancliff-Harm Reduction Coalition

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Did you know that more people in the United States die from a drug overdose than those that are killed in automobile crashes?

What if there were a way to save overdose victims from death? Naloxone is a drug that went used properly and in-time can save the live of someone overdosing from opiate use.

Naloxone is the drug and Dr. Sharon Stancliff-Medical Director with the Harm Reduction Coalition says new take-home programs with this drug is making a huge dent in overdose deaths.

On this Substance Abuse 411 we talk with Dr. Stancliff about the drug, the programs using it and how much more needs to be done to save lives in an overdose situation.

Website:  www.HarmReduction.org

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Sunday, August 5, 2012

Substance Abuse 411-#44-PAIRS-Promising Artists in Recovery-Henrietta Wilson

Substance Abuse 411-#44-PAIRS-Promising Artists in Recovery Program-Henrietta Wilson

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Sadly in America, many times the answer to substance abuse problems for young persons is jail. Jail does allow them to get sober but once released most will once again go down the same path and wind up in jail again.  It becomes a revolving door with a young person's life being basically tossed away.

In Snohomish County in the state of Washington, the local Reclaiming Futures effort has a new program that may help to change that.  It is called PAIRS-Promising Artists in Recovery.

Working with the Juvenile Drug Court, this program brings young people together with artists in a situation where skills and relationships can be built.

Henri (Henrietta) Wilson is the creator and coordinator of the program in Snohomish County.  Henri joins us on Substance Abuse 411 to talk about the PAIRS program and how it is working in their community.

Snohomish Website:  http://www.reclaimingfutures.org/sites_washington_snohomish

Story on PAIRS: http://www.reclaimingfutures.org/blog/Positive-Youth-Development-Mentoring-Snohomish

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Substance Abuse 411-#43-Prescription Drug Abuse-Van Ingram-Executive Director for Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy

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Substance Abuse 411-#43-Prescription Drug Abuse-Van Ingram-Excecutive Director Ky Office of Drug Control Policy

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When most people think drug abuse they think heroin, cocaine, crystal meth and so on. Seldom does prescription drug abuse enter their mind.  It should.

Prescription drug abuse has been on the rise and especially in the state of Kentucky.

One study shows that doctors were writing more prescriptions for drugs such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, Zanax, Vicodin and more. 5 counties in Kentucky saw an average of 4 prescriptions per resident for controlled substances in 2007.

Recently, the Kentucky legislature passed House Bill 1 which sets up a database which will monitor prescription drug sales in hopes of stopping both doctor shopping and pill mills.

Van Ingram, Executive Director for the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy, joins us to talk about House Bill 1 and the growing prescription drub abuse problem.

Website:   www.odcp.ky.gov

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Friday, July 13, 2012

Substance Abuse 411-#42-iPhone App to Aid Sobriety-Jodie Carter-Hazelden Publishing

Substance Abuse 411-#41-iPhone App to Aid Sobriety-Jodie Carter-Hazelden

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Substance abuse sobriety is a lifetime battle. It's one that has highs and lows and those lows many times involve relapse. Hazelden,one of the leading organizations in both substance abuse recovery and sobriety, is adding a new tool to help win the battle of sobriety with an iPhone app.

The app is based on Hazelden's outstanding MORE (My ongoing recovery experience) Field Guide to Life.

Jodie Carter, Electronic Product Manager of Hazelden Publishing, talks to Substance Abuse 411 about the app, how it can help and that it is now available to everyone, not just those that have been through the Hazelden program.

Listen and learn on this latest edition of Substance Abuse 411.

Website:     www.Hazelden.org

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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Substance Abuse 411-Teen Depression & Substance Abuse-Dr. John Curry-Duke University

Substance Abuse 411-#41-Teen Depression and Substance Abuse-Dr. John Curry-Duke University

curryDepression is a very powerful problem and can be a major contributor to substance abuse, especially in young people.

A study published in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology found that treating teenagers for major depression can reduce the odds that they will develop a substance abuse disorder.

Dr. John Curry, Professor Psychology and Neuroscience at Duke University, joins Substance Abuse 411 to talk about the study, its findings and how this could lead to reducing drug abuse problems among teenagers.

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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Substance Abuse 411-#40-Peer Recovery Coaches-Mary Jo Mather-IC & RC

Substance Abuse 411-#40-Peer Recovery coaches-Mary Jo Mather-IC & RC

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Possibly the greatest resource in substance abuse recovery are those that have walked the walk of addiction and now are sober. Now that resource is being tapped with the rapidly growing segment of Peer Recovery Coaches.

Peer Recovery Coaches use their personal experiences of recovery to facilitate and built resilience of persons with addiction, mental illness, or co-occurring substance abuse and mental disorders.

Because of this growing area of work, the IC & RC is developing the first international credential process for Peer Recovery Coaches.

Substance Abuse 411 talks with Mary Jo Mather the Executive Director of the IC & RC about the credentialing process and exactly what a Peer Recovery Coach is.

Website:  www.internationalcredentialing.org

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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Substance Abuse 411-#39-Bath Salts-Its Dangers and Prevention Effort-Kim Manlove-Co-chair Parents Advisory Board at The Partnership@DrugFree.Org

Substance Abuse 411-#39-Bath Salts-Its Dangers and Prevention Effort-Kim Manlove

kim manlove"Bath Salts" is not only the newest fad in the substance abuse world but also the hottest topic of discussion in communities all across the United States.

The discussion was ignited after a Florida incident where a man on Bath Salts tried to chew the face off of another person. That incident coupled with others that have come to light, have the public calling for bans of bath salts at all levels.

Kim Manlove, Co-chair of the Parents Advisory Board The Partnership@DrugFree.org and the Project Director/Program Development and Outreach at Fairbanks Treatment Center, helped form a law which is now in force in the state of Indiana.

Kim joins Substance Abuse 411 to talk about the incredible dangers of Bath Salts and the battle to get rid of this synthetic substance.

Website:  www.Pact36o.org

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Sunday, June 10, 2012

Substance Abuse 411-#38-Legalization of Marijuana and the Impact on Children-Sue Rusche-National Families in Action

Substance Abuse 411-#38-Legalization of Marijuana and the Impact on Children-Sue Rusche-National Families in Action

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The legalization of marijuana for personal use is either being discussed in many state legislatures or is being proposed by direct voter referendum.  Part of the discussion that is missing on legalization is just what affect this would have on children as has alcohol and tobacco..both legal products.

California voted down a ballot initiative to make personal marijuana use legal in 2010..but appears to be headed to a vote again in 2012.  Colorado and Washington also are looking at ballot initiatives this year.

Proponents say that state regulation will prevent underage use of marijuana but statistics show that states have not done a very good job of keeping alcohol and cigarettes from youth under the legal age of possession.

Substance Abuse 411 talks to Sue Rusche, President and CEO of National Families in Action, about this looming crisis and what safeguards should be put in place if indeed marijuana is legalized across the country and turns into the next alcohol or tobacco commercial industry.

Website:  www.NationalFamilies.org

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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Substance Abuse 411-#37-Help for Teens Struggling with Drugs, Alcohol and Crime-Susan Richardson-Reclaiming Futures

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Historically, anyone that was charged with a substance abuse offense, whether it be a first time possession or a series of violations of the law, that person was put in jail and held there until their sentence was up or they were paroled.

During that incarceration, no treatment of the substance abuse problem and providing new life skills were offered to the offender. This meant they came out of jail sober but with no skills to cope with their addiction. This often led to a vicious cycle of returning to jail after release.

Reclaiming Futures looks to end that cycle for young persons and provide a way to become productive, sober persons in society.

Substance Abuse 411 talks with Susan Richardson, National Executive Director of Reclaiming Futures, about the organization, what it does, it's successes and how they could help in your community.

Website:   www.ReclaimingFutures.org

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Substance Abuse 411-#36-What are Drug Courts and Do They Work-Christopher Deutsch-National Association of Drug Court Professionals

Substance Abuse 411-#36-National Association of Drug Court Professionals-Christopher Deutsch

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Incarceration rates continue to climb in America and many of those put in jail have a substance abuse problem.  What if we could help these people by providing treatment and support and returning them back to society as productive citizens? Drug Court can do that.

Drug Court isn't where all those charged with a drug crime go.  It's a specific court where eligible drug-addicted persons may be sent instead of to the traditional court situation.

Drug Court is more like a boot camp with stringent restrictions and parameters for what must be done or its back to jail.

Substance Abuse 411 chats with Christopher Deutsch, Director of Communications for the National Association of Drug Court Professionals about the Drug Court movement and the exciting new facet to the program, Veterans Drug Court and how Drug Courts are making a difference.

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Friday, May 25, 2012

Substance Abuse 411-#35-Consumer Guide to Adolescent Drug Treatment-Dr. Kathleen Meyers-Parents Translational Research Center

Substance Abuse 411-#35-Dr. Kathleen Meyers-Parents Translational Research Center

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When substance abuse hits a family the first questions are "What do I do and where do I go for help?"

Substance abuse treatment is not something the average American knows much, if any thing, about. It can be a bewildering maze to navigate and at a time when a family is under much emotional stress, especially if the substance abuse problem is with a son or daughter. The Parents Translational Research Center at the Treatment Research Institute in Philadelphia is working to solve this problem.

Currently they are working on a "Consumer Guide to Adolescent Drug Treatment" that will help parents to make well informed decisions on what resources will work best for them.

Dr. Kathy Meyers of the Parents Translational Research Center joins us on Substance Abuse 411 to talk about their research and why it can be of great importance in the treatment of substance abuse.

Website:   www.tresearch.org

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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Substance Abuse 411-#34-Impact of Social Media on Kids and Substance Abuse-Dr. Megan Moreno-University of Wisconsin

Substance Abuse 411-#34-Dr. Megan Moreno-Impact of Social Media on Kids

Moreno_MegSocial Media seems to be everywhere, especially Facebook. With almost 1 billion users, Facebook is dominating social media but is it doing harm to young people especially in the area of substance and alcohol abuse?

Dr. Megan Moreno, an assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, did a study on how social media affects kids especially in the substance abuse arena.

On this conversation on Substance Abuse 411, we discuss the findings of Dr. Moreno and what parents and adults need to do to counteract pervasive social media in our society.

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Monday, May 7, 2012

Substance Abuse 411-#33-Substance Abuse and Adolescent Brain Development-Dr. Ken Winters-Center for Adolescent Substance Abuse Research

Substance Abuse 411-#33-Dr. Ken Winters-The Adolescent Brain

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One of the greatest challenges in substance abuse prevention is getting the message through to adolescents. That challenge is made even tougher because of the way the brain develops in all of us as we grow from birth.

Dr. Ken Winters, the Director of the Center for Adolescent Substance Abuse Research at the University of Minnesota, joins Substance Abuse 411 to talk about how the last part of the brain to reach its full functionality is the area that allows adolescents or any of us to fully reason.

While this is an impediment to staying away from harmful behavior, especially in todays world with YouTube and reality shows everywhere showing that harmful behavior. Dr. Winters feels parents can make a huge difference.

Please join us for this latest informative conversation on Substance Abuse 411.

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Sunday, April 29, 2012

Substance Abuse 411-#32-Kevin Collins-Pact360-The Partnership at DrugFree.Org

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As we all know, substance abuse is a growing problem in America.  Prevention and education now is at the forefront of the effort to try and stop this epidemic.

Pact360 is a free and very useable program that can help individuals or even small communities educate others about substance abuse, its causes and the damage that it does to lives.

Kevin Collins is the Deputy Director of Community Education Programs for the Partnership at DrugFree.Org. He joins Substance Abuse 411 to talk about the Pact360 program and the outstanding materials and training that are available through it online.

Website:  www.pact360.org

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Sunday, April 22, 2012

Substance Abuse 411-#31-Huffing & Adolescent Substance Abuse-Kim Manlove-Founding Board Member The 24 Group

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Substance Abuse 411-#31-Kim Manlove-Founding Board Member The 24 Group

Kim Manlove's life and that of his family was changed forever when his then 16 year old son David died from huffing computer duster.

Since that tragic day, Kim and his wife Marissa have dedicated their lives to the substance abuse cause in education, prevention and treatment.

On this Substance Abuse 411, Kim shares his story with us and how an outgrowth of that fateful day is the creation of The 24 Group and becoming Co-chair of the Parent Advisory Board of The Partnership at DrugFree.Org.

Also, a very moving and informative video was produced about the death of Kim and Marissa's son David entitled "Just your normal high school boy." Please take a moment and view it. 

Website:  The 24 Group

K2 and Bath Salts Addiction

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