AuthorJacob Martin

10 things I learned This semester about reporting on addiction solutions

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Language is so important when writing solution journalism stories. During this of course we were reminded a countless amount of times about our language when writing and conducting interviews. You never know what people may be sensitive too, so using the correct language was key. I also found that people within long-term recovery have there own words and phrases that they have deemed to...

Journalist show us the trick of the trade when it comes to reporting on addiction

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This was our final class speakers and it was two journalist, Morgan Zalot from NBC10 and Elena Gordon from WHYY’s they cam to talk to use about covering addiction in the news media. They also talked about their own experiences in other field while reporting on addiction. I was really excited when these two journalists came to class because I remember watching Morgan Zalot’s...

The Bridge Way School

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Schools is where many kids are first exposed to drugs and alcohol. Often time schools have there own household pharmacist — the common neighborhood drug dealer. Rebecca Bonner came to our class to discuss recovery schools and in particular the recovery high school she found in 2011 the Bridgeway school in Roxborough PA. The school will have anywhere between 10 to 12 student in an Academic...

Collegiate Recovery

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Before todays visitors Robert Ashford and Jimmy Hazell, I didn’t know too much about collegiate recovery programs (CPR). Unfortunately Temple University does not offer collegiate recovery programs and that is something that I think could not only help further build the recovery community but also I think that it will help Temple continue to build diversity within its student population...

Phoenix multisport: Human Strength

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There are no easy answers to solving substance abuse it has become a growing problem here in the United States. Gavin Young and Melody Schofield are CrossFit coaches from Fearless Athletics that teach the Human Strength program. These two both us CrossFit training to help them stay in active recovery. About 40 to 60 percent of people that are being treated for substance abuse will relapse within...

Keeping Faith In Recovery

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Chuck Blair the senior pastor at New Church Live and two members of his congregation, Rob Nash a member in the long-term recovery community and Mary Haney the mother of a child that died from an overdose, came to speak to us today about faith and recovery. New Church Live is a Christian church that opens its doors to anyone. This church provides a space for people who have been affected by...

Treatment courts: offers redemption for drug and alcohol charges

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The prison system that was created for the punishment and rehabilitation for those who have broken the law now offer a way for those with Substance Abuse Disorders to enter the Treatment Court to find recovery opinions. Drug/Treatment Court now offers a way to the road of recovery especially for first-time offenders. Instead of receiving automatic jail-time the court provides a one year program...

Too Many Heads, Not enough beds

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Last but not lease, Fred Way was the last speaker to come talk to our class about addiction. Way is the executive director of Pennsylvania Alliance of Recovery Residences and he job is to monitor recovery and residential support services provided by the state of Pennsylvania. Way has control over the approval  and implementation of recovery house in Philadelphia. He went over the whole process...

Medicated assisted treatment

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Today in our class we had the pleasure of having a conversation with Keli McLoyd from the Research Treatment Institute.  He gave us a lot of important information and resources that we can use for our final project. One  thing that really stood out to me was when he discuss the differences between the three medications used when treating someone with addiction. I had no clue medicated assistive...

The Fight is On

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Akia Feggans from Philadelphia Fight, which is an organization offering embracive services for people in addiction, who have HIV, ADIS or that are at risk for contracting it. When talking about the opioid epidemic in the heroin epidemic I think it’s very important that we discuss HIV AIDS because needles sharing is very dangerous. Feggans said something very important while on her visit she...

Addiction through a mothers eyes

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Chelsey and Judith Cain came to speak to us about addiction from a mother-daughter perspective. The way they told there story was nothing like we had heard before because we had both people at the same time to give their own perspective of what was taking place simultaneously. Judith gave a very important perspective of the situation because she told us how difficult it was to make decisions as a...

First Responders: On Drug Overdoses

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First responders Ian Stoddart, Chas Carlson and Eric Miller of Narberth, PA came in to speak about the medical and legal aspects of overdose fatalities. The two paramedics Stoddart and Carlson talked about the drug Narcan and the agent in the drug, Naloxone, that actually reverses the effect of an opioid overdose immediately. While Miller, a police officer describe some of the different responses...

Philadelphia: Home of the cheapest and most potent heroin on the east coast.

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Philadelphia has a real problem with opioid addiction and people are just now catching wind of it but that is not the case for Philadelphia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disability Services, Roland Lamb. Lamb says the city’s opioid problem goes back several decades. Philadelphia is known for cheapest and most potent heroine in the country for the past 30 years...

“I got in this business to help people,” Devin Reaves

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When Devin Reaves walked in the door one of the first things he said was “I got in this business to help people.” He started off this discussion with his life story and how he became a product of the crack epidemic in the 1980’s. He told us that he father was addicted to crack cocaine and he too fell victim to addiction. Reaves went on to talk about the historical significance...

The Dragon Beneath us all: The Jon Orens Experience

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Jon Orens’ son died last fall, after 11 year fight with addiction, of a drug over dose and this is his story about how he wrestled with the devil for his son soul. Only a year after his son death, Orens   calm, cool and collected as he explained how his son Danny succumb to his disease. Orens had thee pictures of Danny on the board when you walked in the room and all three pictures showed...