We’ve got a broken drug education system and we’ve yet to fix it. Decades of under-education and over-criminalization hasn’t made drug use and sales decline, nor has it made drug use any safer.
There is a belief that those of us with an opioid addiction, that we are powerless over our addiction. That is a myth. We are not powerless. But we appear powerless because the prohibition laws of this country rob us of our power.
A son’s death and a mother’s love. This is the story of Josh Olt who overdosed on heroin and died at the age of 16. This is the story of the mother he left behind. It is not a story of “moving on,” or “getting over it.” For those of you who have lost someone you love to overdose, you know those things don’t happen. This is, instead, a story of disenfranchised grief, of self-blame, of what-ifs, of should-haves, and how to find a way to let go of that guilt.
A GRASP chapter leader, Karyn Kerrigan O’Miller, asks Presidential candidate, Tim Ryan, about supporting the pending bill to deregulate buprenorphine prescription to treat opioid addiction.
A change in leadership at Broken No More/GRASP (Grief Recovery After a Substance Passing). Introducing Dr. Tamara Olt, the new Executive Director.