No Missed Opportunities: Criminal Justice Interventions in our National Response to Addiction

October 4, 2018

Substance use disorders impact every community in the United States. Every day, nearly 200 Americans die from a drug overdose. Our first responders, law enforcement and criminal justice personnel...

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Accidental Miracles and How Addiction Policy Forum Started

July 11, 2018

I was at a cookout recently when someone asked about what I do for work, and I happily spoke about Addiction Policy Forum, and the Brimley Group. They asked how I came to set up both of these...

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A Granddaughter's Tribute

June 6, 2018

I love superheroes. Captain America. Superman. Wonder Woman. The bravery and strength--not the costumes--call to me. They always have.

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Emergency Medicine and Addiction: A Critical Intervention Point

May 22, 2018

It is easy to get lost in the dizzying data of our nation’s overdose epidemic: 63,600 drug overdose deaths in 2016, a number larger than the entire population of Terre Haute, Indiana.

We are...

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Let's Lift Each Other Up

April 3, 2018


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OP ED: We mobilized against flu, cancer and heart attacks. Where's the urgency on opioids?

January 4, 2018
NOTE: This article was originally published on USAToday.com
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OpEd: Want to Help Address the Opioid Crisis? Start with Your Medicine Cabinet.

November 9, 2017


Since the Administration declared the opioid epidemic a public health emergency in late October, the media has been saturated with stories about the crisis, which has been ravaging communities...
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Don’t Call My Dad The “A” Word

September 8, 2017
Language matters for people seeking help in the battle against addiction
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Four Police Programs Changing How We Address Addiction

May 18, 2017



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Blog Post: A Letter to Webster's Dictionary

February 27, 2017
At a meeting recently I was describing my work with amazing families across the country who have been impacted by addiction, when the man next to me commented that I had used bad grammar in that...
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