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Simone Greene

Simone Greene works to highlight best practices and innovators in the field of addiction through her work at Addiction Policy Forum. Prior to joining, she was a project coordinator for The Moss Group, a correctional consulting firm based in Washington, DC. She received her master’s degree in Forensic and Legal Psychology from Marymount University.

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Addiction’s Rough Waters

By Simone Greene on November 6, 2019

 

“Thank God my story doesn’t start with ‘I lost my son to addiction,’” says Jennifer “Punkin” Stepp. While her story ends with her son in recovery, it doesn’t mean the road was easy. Stepp’s son, Sammy, was introduced to drugs at an early age. As his addiction deepened, Stepp began to look for help in her community. However, resources in Bullitt County were few. “After a while, you start getting tired of people saying you are a bad parent or your child is defective. 

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DART Hits the Target

By Simone Greene on October 30, 2019

 

After Vietnam, time as a combat medic and over 40 years in law enforcement, Lucas County Sheriff John Tharp thought he’d seen it all. He was mistaken. Nothing could prepare him to witness people suffering through addiction and withdrawal in jail. “Every time I walked in, I would see a young person, people you would never imagine lying in a cell, suffering through withdrawal. It was a horrible sight, and I knew I wanted to help.” 

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115: Where You're More Than a Number

By Simone Greene on October 30, 2019

 

Stories of the opioid crisis were on the front page of every newspaper when Marti Taylor was first approached by Verily (an Alphabet company) about a new opportunity to tackle this issue. At the time, Taylor was the CEO of The Ohio State University Hospital at the Wexner Medical Center. “I remember the first few waves of overdose deaths in Ohio several years ago. Patients suffering from addiction were rapidly and repeatedly seeking rehabilitation services and we - like many surrounding healthcare systems - were too frequently unsuccessful at breaking the cycle of addiction,” recalls Taylor. “Verily told me about a vision for a partnership driven ecosystem based in Dayton, Ohio that would fill many of the unmet needs of people seeking treatment, with the goal of advancing the field of addiction medicine as a Learning Health System. I knew I had to be a part of it.” 

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Recovery Resources as Unique as You

By Simone Greene on September 10, 2019

 

For a long time, women in Oregon who were both pregnant and fighting addiction were caught in a Catch-22. Addiction providers didn’t want to work with pregnant women because of potential complications. And maternity care providers didn’t want to work with women suffering from addiction because of lack of understanding and expertise in that area.

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Education Can Save a Generation

By Simone Greene on August 21, 2019

 
In 2014, Justin Phillips spoke out. She spoke about losing her son Aaron and she bravely shared how he died: a heroin overdose. While it doesn’t seem like it was that long ago, back then, people didn’t talk about drug use and they certainly didn’t talk about the related loss experienced by so many. “I told Aaron’s story because I didn’t want another mother to have to feel my pain,” says Justin.
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Building a Bridge out of the Criminal Justice System and Into Recovery

By Simone Greene on August 6, 2019

 
Bridges of Iowa Inc. grew from parents’ love for son and has become a lifeline to thousands of Iowans struggling with substance use disorders. Founded 20 years ago by Donald and Charlene Lamberti, Bridges is a long-term program that treats the entire person, complementing intense addiction treatment and cognitive behavior change therapy with the life skills necessary for success.
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