Monthly Archives: May 2013

“The war on drugs is really a war on families,”

Grethchen BergmanDate: May 13, 2013
Author: Gretchen Burns Bergman

“The war on drugs is really a war on families,” said Gretchen Burns Bergman, Lead organizer of the Moms United to End the War on Drugs Campaign. “My two sons have addictive illness, so I have experienced not only the devastation of this life-threatening disease, but also the destruction of punitive policies and incarceration. It is past time to move from arrest and mass incarceration to therapeutic, health-oriented strategies. Mothers must speak out to end the drug war that is destroying the futures of our children.”
“My son was killed with a friend in a random crime committed by two juveniles involved in gang activity and illegal drug use. We all want safer communities, but the drug war has not made our communities safer, helped people with addiction, or saved lives,” said Joy Strickland, CEO of Mothers Against Teen Violence. “The drug war has led to mass incarceration, gang violence, and an overdose epidemic. I am delighted to be part of a campaign focused on healing and ending forty years of a failed policy.”
“Current drug policies seem to me to be almost entirely focused on judging, punishing and shaming people who use drugs. This approach to drug use is not just failing to address our loved ones’ drug problems; it’s making them worse,” said Denise Cullen, Founder of Broken-No More. “My son was arrested several times; he was offered treatment once. When Jeff died, he was on a waiting list to enter court-ordered treatment. He never had to wait to go to jail because it was too full.”
“Too many people and their families are alone suffering a destructive course without treatment leading to homelessness, jail, illness, or death,” said Dr. Ken Khoury, a psychiatrist board certified in addiction. “Why? Poor treatment availability, well intended but wrong-headed punitive approaches, isolation through stigma and stereotype.”

Mothers Who Lost Children to Overdose Find Hope

mother-odDate: May 9th, 2013
Author: Tessie Castillo
Source:  The Fix

It's hard to imagine a greater loss. But bereaved mothers all over the US—like these four—are bravely campaigning for change, to prevent others from suffering the same.

What does it feel like to lose a child? Thankfully most of us will never know. But for Diannee Carden Glenn of Weston, Florida, the dreaded news arrived on May 9, 2012, four days before Mother’s Day. Her 40-year-old son, Michael, had died of a heroin overdose.

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Gov. Christie signs ‘good Samaritan’ overdose bill into law, with Bon Jovi

Gov Christy and Bon JoviDate: May 2, 2013
Author: Jerry DeMarco

 YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: With Jon Bon Jovi joining him, Gov. Christie today signed the bipartisan Overdose Protection Act into law at a drug rehab center in Paterson — providing protection from prosecution to those who help overdose victims or those who administer antidotes in life-threatening situations.

New Jersey’s General Assembly on Monday approved the compromise Good Samaritan law, which  legislators said is aimed at helping to save lives and prevent drug overdoses.   The 68-2-6 vote came on a new measure that incorporates components of both the bill known as the “Opioid Antidote and Overdose Prevention Act,” which was conditionally vetoed by Gov. Christie that same day and the “Good Samaritan Act,” which he conditionally vetoed last fall.

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