For Opioid Overdose: ” Someone is unresponsive and not breathing.”

Opioids include prescription medications used to treat pain such as morphine, codeine, methadone, oxycodone, hydrocodone, fentanyl, hydromorphone, and buprenorphine, as well as illicit drugs such as heroin. Opioids work by binding to specific receptors in the brain, spinal cord, and gastrointestinal tract. In doing so, they diminish the body’s perception of pain. However, opioids can […]

What To Tell Your Child About Opioids

As the professionals, practitioners and policymakers wrestle with the current OPIOID epidemic, parents, you will want to be proactive and prevent the disharmony from entering your home. Education, information and conversation are the first steps towards prevention. Children need to understand the myriad of components to substance misuse, and parents are perfect for information delivery. Since […]

Long Ignored Public Health Emergencies of Addiction

What I am about to say, perhaps no one wants to hear or read, as it were. But, I would be perpetuating a fraud, to myself and to those communities, groups and individuals who not only want to say, but need to hear someone else say these words. So, this goes out to the strong-minded, […]

Culture Isn’t Just a Consumer Issue

Cultural competence is an approach to delivering services, such as instructional services, that assumes the services are more effective when they are provided within the most relevant and meaningful cultural, gender-sensitive[as opposed to gender-specific] and age- appropriate context for the target audience. In order to so do most effectively, it is important to define and […]