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The Climax Of Our Opiate Epidemic
By Vincent Warren, BS, CADC

 

If there is such a thing as a ‘climax’ and waning of the process of addiction to a substance, I pray that time is current or very near for heroin and opiates.  A recent Google search for a video I am very fond of and intend to support financially and professionally yielded a score of associated stories and links related to the approach that government, research professionals, and communities are pursuing. 

“The Heroin Project: A Documentary” chronicles the struggle Madison County, Illinois has undergone to understand, control, and manage the fallout of the rise of heroin addiction in the United States.  It is a crowd-funded project that is cultivating support and publicity for its purpose and calling. 
At the same time, stories and reports are increasing daily as to the legal crackdown on distribution of heroin and opiate pills, treatment advancement in both therapies and medication-assisted approaches, and community activism to expand communication and awareness of the epidemic’s reach to both lower and upper-class, male and female, inner-city and rural populations.
 
If the ‘good side’ is to win the war and stem the tide of the epidemic, it must fight with honesty, open minds, and accountable approaches to each end of the battle.  There were 26 confirmed deaths as a result of heroin overdose in Madison County in 2014.  The Effingham County area has seen grief of the same variety in the past few years, as well. 
My prayer and purpose is to see to it that addicts seeking help find the help that works for them and can build the support, accountability, and purpose that is required to live sober.

For more information on “The Heroin Project: A Documentary”, visit https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-heroin-project-a-documentary

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