The opioid epidemic has ravaged South Jersey and we can no longer remain silenced by misplaced shame.  It is absolutely true that Atlantic County has the highest per-capita overdose death rate in the country. Not one of the over 3,000 counties in the United States has buried more than one out of every 1, 584 residents to overdose. Recovery Force is the credentialed organization by and for people affected by this epidemic and people recovering from it.  We are a big tent and exclude no one, as we embrace multiple pathways to recovery. We are a united group comprised of the diverse larger recovery community, including people from 12-step fellowships, others utilizing medically-assisted recovery, individuals subscribing to recovery yoga or perhaps a harm-reduction pathway. We are a volunteer workforce providing services free of charge to our community. Many of us are paying it forward. Others are involved in our movement so their loved-one was not lost in vain. We are joined by family members and friends of people in or seeking recovery. We also are home to the hundreds of South Jersey families that lost a loved one to this epidemic. No community has made progress in solving its problems without citizens impacted mobilizing their forces and recovering out loud.  Recovering Out Loud changes the culture of the community to one of hope, pride and acceptance. Start today by clicking the button above and  finding a way to take part in the International Overdose Awareness Day events planned for August 31,2019 

IN THE NEWS.....

Morning Roundup: May 15, 2019

Marijuana Legalization Hits a Wall: First in New Jersey, Then in New York [NY Times]Legalization efforts in New Jersey and New York, while promising at first, have effectively been shelved until next year. "People are talking about it less. There is no sense of urgency."Shibuya Looks to End Vandalism on Halloween by Banning Drinking [Asahi Shimbun]A rise in vandalism during Halloween is becoming a problem in the popular Shibuya Ward in Tokyo. As a result, revelers in the area may be prohibited from drinking alcohol during this year's festivities.Greek Coca-Cola Heir Caught on St. Kitts with $1.3M in Marijuana [National Herald]Fifty-year-old billionaire and Coca-Cola heir Alki David was found with $1.3 million worth of cannabis on board his private jet in the Caribbean. He claimed that it was "all hemp" related to a business venture.Perspective: Finding Emotional Support When Your Sibling Has an Addiction [WHYY]A young woman's experience with Alateen, a support group for people like her. "Natalie" had a hard time witnessing her sister live with a drug use disorder. "It's a safe place to talk about anything, so it's nice to have that."NYC Employment Marijuana Testing Ban Enacted Without Mayor's Signature [Marijuana Moment]Most NYC employers are now prohibited from requiring a marijuana test from job applicants. Despite having the support of Mayor Bill de Blasio, the bill became a law without his signature.Maine's Faith Communities Grapple with Responding to Opioid Epidemic [Bangor Daily News]The Second Annual Healing Service, an interfaith service designed to educate and raise awareness about substance use disorder, will be held in Bangor this Thursday. Naloxone training and a memorial of those lost to drugs will be a part of the special service.The Wild Story of 'Rock Doc' Jeff Young, a Reality TV Wannabe Accused in Pills-for-Sex Scheme [Daily Beast]The self-proclaimed "Rock Doc" is accused of using "his power to prescribe controlled substances to promote his television pilot and podcast, and to have sex with women, including women who were his patients." Two Grieving Mothers Compel Doctor to Host Opioids Overdose, Suicide Prevention Event [Chicago Tribune]This Friday, the first Child Suicide and Opioid Crisis Prevention Fair will take place in Merrillville, Indiana. "We hope families take advantage of this first-of-its-kind event. Their children need what we have to offer."

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