Guest Opinion: Welcome to GRASP, the club no one wants to be a part of.

International Overdose Awareness Day Date: August 31, 2015
Source: The Herald News

In recognition of International Overdose Awareness Day, a recent applicant has given me permission to share the words she wrote to me in our initial contact. Darleen Berg, GRASP advisory board member and facebook administrator talking about International Overdose Awareness Day and the continuing devastation of overdose death. she is a longtime MA GRASP chapter leader too.

As an administrator on the closed GRASP (Grief Recovery After a Substance Passing) Facebook page, I screen hundreds of applicants monthly. Each is asked to share his or her story and why they would like to join the group.

We are fast approaching 2,700 members in addition to the thousands who participate in our 100 local chapter meetings around the country and abroad. Their stories are all too familiar even in their uniqueness.

Substance use is ubiquitous, whether the drugs are medically prescribed or acquired through family and friends. Addiction is often the result — a medical condition which if left untreated causes incomprehensible suffering for the addict/alcoholic and his or her family. Tragically, the disease leaves devastation in its wake, especially when the story ends with the last pill, drink or injection.

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