Statistics are real people
(I have updated this post because after mulling it over all day, I decided I had not conveyed my feelings correctly.) We've all heard the numbers over and over, but I want to share them again for the effect. These statistics aren't just numbers, they are people we love that are no longer here. These numbers are very painful to digest. This article not only puts the numbers into perspective to better grasp an understanding, it also sheds light on an interesting aspect that h
Breakfast with the Mayor
I had the opportunity, yesterday, to address our county mayor as wells other community leaders here in Shelby County. I cannot divulge too much information at this point, but in a couple of weeks, I promise I will let you all in on everything I know. Right now, I can share with you my Community Epidemic Speech in text only because I haven't figured out how this blog thing works in great detail! This epidemic is not going away so quickly and is not nearly under any kind of con
Who is responsible?
There is a great need for funding programs that will help those suffering from the disease of addiction get into recovery. This will inevitably greatly reduce opioid related deaths. There's also a need for educating doctors about overprescribing opioids. This funding can be obtained by holding the pharmaceutical companies who manufacture opioids and have pushed for overprescribing accountable and using settlement money to fund the programs needed to fix the problem they cre