HELPING VICTIMS OF OPIOID ABUSE

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ABOUT WANTING TO HELP VICTIMS OF UNINTENTIONAL OPIOID ABUSE by TERENCE MORRIS AUTHOR, AND FOUNDER OF PACE TULSA AGS FOUNDATION.  JAN. 30, 2019.  5:59 P.M.  feed-icon-28x28

Many people are still unaware that the misuse or abuse of opioids can be as dangerous as the use of illegal drugs, leading to addiction and even death.  Opioid overdoses kill more Oklahoman’s than motor vehicle crashes. PACE TULSA NETWORK participants know we like to establish meaningful relationships with OTHERS, to reveal similarities and commonality.  We want to TALK About what the real issues are that are affecting our lives both positively and negatively.  I want to grow in an understanding with each of you and I expect the same respect.  Let’s talk a little more about Empathy and Helping Other’s.  Is the OPIOID CRISIS pandemic? Has the SINGULARITY EFFECT taken hold of our spirit of benevolence?  Can Americans overcome PSYCHIC NUMBING?  Is the FALSE SENSE OF EFFICACY so powerful that as concerned citizens we can’t  re-imagine valuable solutions to the Opiod epidemic?  Most importantly, what about all of our family members impacted by unintentional OPIOID ABUSE/ ADDICTION/ OVERDOSE/ FATALITY?  “This problem of addiction truly does start in the medicine cabinet,” Russ Baer, a special agent for the Drug Enforcement Administration, tells PEOPLE. “It starts with the misuse and abuse of prescription opioid painkillers.” What addiction is not, according to one retired police commander, is “a character flaw.”

The Injury Prevention Service at the Oklahoma State Department of Health 2019 reports “Of the approximately 700 unintentional poisoning deaths in Oklahoma each year, seven out of ten involve at least one prescription drug.”  The 2019 Opioid Crisis Observance aims to increase awareness and encourages audiences to take advantage of the increased dialogue surrounding the nation’s behavioral health needs and the increased emphasis on tackling our nation’s Opioid Crisis.  Gangs, drugs, violence, prostitution, poverty, teen pregnancy and poor lifestyle choices means that abusers and users hide from their families and friends to keep participating in this counter-culture. Behavioral Modification is the first step in changing your life. People don’t want their children and family members to get caught up in this counter-culture.

ARE ONE OF THESE OPIOID CRISIS VICTIMS A FAMILY MEMBER?

According to Emanuela Campanella a multimedia video journalist for Global News, “Yemen after years of conflict was only noticed after a series of pictures depicting dying children and the tragedies involving the Human (One).  The singularity effect occurs as the number of deaths and conflicts increase while fewer people pay attention. Psychic numbing equals more suffering and less empathy.  On headline in the Christian Science Monitor, By  Staff writer BOSTON read, 

“An end to homelessness: Cities take on ‘impossible’ challenge”

 

Targeting specific homeless groups, many urban areas are now focusing on eradicating rather than just managing one of America’s most intractable problems. First in a four-part series.

We help others because we feel good about helping… until we notice a lot of others we can’t help.

 

Once our minds build a false sense of efficacy the situation is so bad, our individual efforts don’t mean anything.  (Paul Slovic, Prof. of Psychology, University of Oregon) Headlines like the one in the Christian Science Monitor, involving the problems many homeless people in the United States face, is just one of the examples of false sense of efficacy.  A host of societal-ills plague many of the countries of the world and the people that live in those nations.  However, organizations like PACE TULSA AGS FOUNDATION, can positively impact the attitudes and behaviors of hosts of Americans by recognizing participation in online resource banks.  Through specificity-surveys and intellectual thought forums solutions come forth that were once thought to be impossible to tackle.

Verna Foust, CEO of  in Oklahoma City. Credit: Lindsay Whelchel, Oklahoma Watch

Verna Foust, CEO of in Oklahoma City. Credit: Lindsay Whelchel, Oklahoma Watch

Oklahoma has used federal grant money to speed up drug approvals to treat more than 1,400 people addicted to opioids.  The state has received about $4.4 million in grants for Opioid-related needs from the 21st Century Cures Act, and is expected to receive about $2.9 million more. Nearly three-quarters of that money will go toward paying for treatment for people who can’t afford it, though some will be left over for prevention programs and support services for people in recovery.  Oklahoma put a higher percentage of its money into treatment services than most states, said Carrie Slatton-Hodges, deputy commissioner for treatment and recovery services at the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.  “Part of that was that we were in great need of treatment dollars,” she said.

Everybody knows about the war in Syria — that’s not the problem — but people are only willing to hear so much about tragedy before they change the channel.” (Janice Stein, founding director of the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy.)  The Opioid State Targeted Response (STR) grants, which were created by the 21st Century Cures Act, are administered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) within HHS.  Dr. Elinore F. McCance-Katz, Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use said, “Within the first year, we have already seen states use the funding to support innovative models to connect Americans with the evidence-based programs and practices proven to help people who have Opioid use disorders.”

Let’s come together as a community to raise money and awareness about this drug crisis destroying our families and lives. 

* I would like to raise money for community centers, vans and affordable transportation to treatment facilities. 

* I would like to raise money to support a continuing outreach network of ministers, community leaders and family mentors.

* I would like to continue a voice-forum environment for listener’s and people who want to understand what their family members are going through.

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