Virginia Wants Treatment – Not Jail – For Its Addicted Citizens

During the four years I was in prison, I met hundreds and hundreds of women. Many were first-time, nonviolent offenders – and almost all were battling some type of chemical dependency. For those with substance abuse problems, incarceration did nothing to address the root cause. In fact, a bulk of those who were released came…

A new poll shows Virginia favors addiction treatment options in favor of jail time.

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The bulk of the heroin sold on our streets is now being laced with carfentanil.
Don’t Overestimate Your Heroin Tolerance – It Might Be the Last Thing You Do

You may have heard about fentanyl, a synthetic opioid similar to morphine. What you may not have heard about, however, is the ultra-potent concentrated version of it: carfentanil. What We Know About Carfentanil Developed in the mid-1970s as a tranquilizer for large animals such as elephants and hippos, carfentanil is 10,000 times more potent than…

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  • A new poll shows Virginia favors addiction treatment options in favor of jail time. Virginia Wants Treatment – Not Jail – For Its Addicted Citizens

    During the four years I was in prison, I met hundreds and hundreds of women. Many were first-time, nonviolent offenders – and almost all were battling some type of chemical dependency. For those with substance abuse problems, incarceration did nothing to address the root cause. In fact, a bulk of those who were released came…

  • The bulk of the heroin sold on our streets is now being laced with carfentanil. Don’t Overestimate Your Heroin Tolerance – It Might Be the Last Thing You Do

    You may have heard about fentanyl, a synthetic opioid similar to morphine. What you may not have heard about, however, is the ultra-potent concentrated version of it: carfentanil. What We Know About Carfentanil Developed in the mid-1970s as a tranquilizer for large animals such as elephants and hippos, carfentanil is 10,000 times more potent than…

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    Addiction is the ultimate identity thief. It doesn’t set up false bank accounts or hack your email – it steals your identity from within. Spinning in a cycle of chemical dependency, those battling with drugs and alcohol often don’t realize one important truth: Your true identity is buried beneath the substance abuse. Haley’s a great example. She entered…

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    “Yeah, I was feeling uptight before he was about to pick me up for our date, so I popped a Xanax,” said my friend. I cringed. It seemed like everyone I knew was using benzos to calm down, chill out, get through a first date, or ace a presentation. Worse yet, I knew my pal…

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