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: July 11, 2019

'You Don't Know What You Did For Me': Released from Prison, Now on the Dean's List [USA Today]Danielle Metz was released after 23 years in prison for her role in her husband's cocaine distribution. She enrolled in college and made the dean's list.A Peek Into Opioid Users' Brains As They Try to Quit [Associated Press]"The brain responds differently to these medications than to heroin. It's not the same." Scientists are looking at the effects of medication-assisted treatment (methadone, buprenorphine and naltrexone) on the brain in a groundbreaking study.Overdosing in Appalachia [Boston Review]"By only focusing on class, poor white Appalachians, most media reports ignore the racism, xenophobia and LGBTQ discrimination found in every aspect of the U.S. health care system." Embracing harm reduction strategies in the face of crisis-level drug abuse.How The Opioid Settlement Could Truly Help the Addicted [WBUR]Nearly 2,000 opioid lawsuits are pending in federal court. "While any new 'master settlement' must primarily compensate the plaintiffs for their losses, a settlement that simply moves money around, as the tobacco settlement did, has no chance at having a meaningful impact on the deeply tragic opioid crisis."Ohio Rushing to Stop Death Blow to Economy from Regional Opioid Crisis [CNBC]Ohio's troubles with drugs is taking a toll on the state's economy. Aside from the family trauma, emotional toll and negative impact on public health brought by the drug crisis, it is costing the state up to $5 billion each year.Author Takes On Addiction, Class and Identity in New Young Adult Novel [WUNC]The Rest of the Story tells the story of Emma Saylor, whose mother died of a drug overdose when she was young. "Over the last few years [author Sarah Dessen] noticed more young people showing up in [the obituaries] with no explanations about the cause of death."SF Mental Health Workers Picket Again to Protest Patient Wait Times [SF Chronicle]About 60 mental health workers from Kaiser, the nation's largest integrated health system, protested the company's long wait times for patients on Wednesday. This is the second time since December that they have done so.Joe Biden Praises Son Struggling with Addiction and Mental Health [Washington Post]"Hunter has been through some tough times, but he's fighting. He's never given up. He's the most honorable, decent person I know." Recently the former vice president's son Hunter Biden opened up about his history of substance abuse. 

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