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SUBSTANCE ABUSE

The world breaks everyone. And afterward, many are strong in the broken places.

–Ernest Hemingway

LEARN: What’s Trump’s stance on substance abuse legislation and treatment? During his campaign, he stated he wants to stop the flow of opioids into the U.S. and to stop funding for the War on Drugs. Trump claims to never have had a drink of alcohol, a cigarette, or a cup of coffee, as he was deeply affected by his brother’s death from alcohol dependence. Ironically, although the opioid abuse problem is real, alcohol causes far more deaths in the US than do opoids (49K to 39K annually, NOT including highway accidents or increased risk of cancer due to alcohol abuse and dependence, per Drug War Facts).

Here are current federal and state initiatives on prevention, treatment, and recovery advocacy for those with substance abuse, including Naloxone advocacy. (Naloxone is an opioid antagonist that prevents opiate overdose death.)

Want good quality information about a substance of abuse? Learn more at the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

What is it like to become dependent upon a substance? View So You Think You Can Dance's moving 2012 performance, Addiction, danced by Kayla Radomski and Kupono Aweau, and choreographed by the wondrous Mia Michaels. Sometimes images succeed where words fail.

TAKE ACTION

(1) Think you might be abusing a substance? Take the test (for adults and adolescents). Visit Smart Recovery, Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Marijuana Anonymous, Opiates Anonymous, Moderation Management (harm reduction model) for self-help and support!

(2) National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence: become an advocate, offer peer recovery support.

(3) Physicians for responsible opioid prescribing advocacy efforts: get descriptions of recent federal bills and legislators introducing and supporting them.

(4) Center for Motivation and Change’s 20 Minute Guide for parents or partners of substance abusers, with a “roadmap" (the long version is for purchase, but the link is free and very helpful).

(5) Join FedUp in their advocacy to focus lawmakers' attention on the opoid dependence epidemic in the U.S.

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