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The Story of a Mother on a Mission: Save Children from Addiction

By Mark Powell on September 10, 2019

 
The small community of Ashland in Oregon’s Rogue Valley was rocked by addiction six years ago. Andrew, Colin, Jordan and Max were local young men who shared a sad link. All four died of an overdose within six months of each other.
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Eliminating Anonymity to Eliminate the Stigma of a Disease

By Kelsey Trotter on September 10, 2019

 
Sometimes all it takes is a person with a passion to make a real difference. Julie Edwards had a family member who struggled with a substance use disorder. Julie searched high and low but had a hard time finding help for her family. With limited resources, she decided to create them herself and founded the West Linn Community Task Force in 2010.
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One Mother’s Loss is Another Mother’s Saving Grace

By Mark Powell on August 21, 2019

 
It was a typical high school graduation party in northern Indiana back in 2015. Grads, family, and friends celebrating the big achievement. As Becky Savage was preparing to leave, her teenage sons Nick and Jack were heading to a second party. When she said goodbye, she had no idea she would never see them alive again.
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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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Working Together to Save Lives

By Mark Powell on August 6, 2019

 

For over a decade now, eastern Iowa has struggled with a serious heroin problem. As the purity of the drugs increased, so did the loss of life. In 2015, there were 25 overdose deaths in Cedar Rapids alone. Authorities recognized that there were significant challenges to combating the increased number of heroin overdoses and fatalities.

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The Evolution of Addiction Prevention

By Mark Powell on August 6, 2019

 
“Connected Communities. Effective Coalitions. Healthy Iowans.” Those six words capture the essence of what the Alliance of Coalitions for Change (AC4C) does in Iowa every day. Its mission is to unite substance misuse prevention coalitions’ work in order to affect positive change through learning, advocating, networking, and building capacity.
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