And the first responder is....wait for it....a librarian?? At the McPherson Square Library in Philadelphia, residents stop by with questions about doctor visits and legal matters. Children eat meals provided by library staff and play with water rockets in a Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics program. And the librarian has taken on the role of first responder in drug overdoses. Learn how “all hands on deck” takes on a new definition when heroin hits hard.
By Don Troutman, Founder, Clean & Sober Transitional Living
A common expression in the recovery community is “The only thing you need to change in recovery is every thing.” That’s true: getting and staying sober calls for new ways of thinking, new responses to old triggers, new friends who don’t drink or use drugs, families that function in new, healthy ways, and more. That’s a tall order. But there’s one essential element that underpins all of those necessary changes, and that’s integrity.
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In states that legalized medical marijuana, U.S. hospitals were expecting crowds of pot smokers, but that didn't happen. Instead, in a surprising twist, they treated far fewer opioid users, a new study shows. That begs the question: Could medical marijuana help curb the opioid epidemic? Learn what the data suggests about this un-intuitive solution. And be sure to consider - are we swapping in a new addiction for an old one?