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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