AuthorMegan Milligan

Melody Schofield and Gavin Young: Community Helps Healing

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Gavin Young and Melody Schofield came in to speak about their own personal recovery and how they battle their addiction. They do it through physical fitness. They are two CrossFit trainers who offer classes to anybody who is two days or more sober. Young says that people need to find things to do to occupy their time when dealing with sobriety. “Most of people who are on drugs spend their...

Philly’s Drug Court: Positive Reinforcement is the Key

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I was surprised to learn how lenient Philadelphia drug courts are. According to Matthew Schmonsees, positive reinforcement is the key to saving people’s lives. They focus on getting people help right away instead of locking them away and punishing them. “A lot of research has shown that positive reinforcement works better than punishment,” said Schmonsees. People who don’t...

Roland Lamb: End the Stigma.

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Standing in our classroom bearing a pin that had the word stigma crossed out, Roland Lamb told us startling statistics about drug abuse, as well as some solutions. More women are likely to use prescription opioids but men are most likely to die. People who overdose die alone, which is why he supports safe injection sites in the city of Philadelphia. He showed us that most of the drug use happens...

Emergency Services: Stories about Drug Overdoses

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I have to admit I’m extremely jaded by our criminal justice system as a whole. The war on drugs was and continues to be a plague on our society starting from the crack epidemic of the 1980s. Officer Eric Miller provided a refreshing view on addiction. “Everyone knows someone who has this problem, nobody is talking about it.” Miller said. He talked with regret about a boy he...

Devin Reaves Speaks Bluntly About Addiction

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Reaves spoke to us bluntly and unapologetically as he described what got us here in terms of the addiction epidemic. He was a product of the crack epidemic of the 1980s. When the government sought to end drugs by incarcerating people in a flurry of mandatory minimum sentences. Reaves explained about how and why this doesn’t work and what happened as a result. He also spoke about a lack of...

Jon Orens, a man of impeccable strength

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I was overcome with emotion as Orens talked about his son’s life and death. He was brutally honest about the harshness of his son’s addiction, from his son stealing to a disturbing picture of his son laying on a hospital bed. Orens goes around the community and informs parents about the dangers of drug addiction. He compares it to cancer and says we should treat it with the same...

Tales from Scott McLane

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When Scott McLane told us that the Anonymous people wasn’t real life, I knew he had a story to tell. Charismatically, McLane reeled us through a story of addiction that I knew all too much to be true. From the debating to kill yourself to disappointing your family, I knew he was the real deal. I know the system isn’t perfect but he overcame. He’s a very real person. McLane brought a friend of his...

Comparing Solutions Article To Traditional Journalism

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The people in this county realized they had a problem. And now they are looking for community solutions on how to fix this problem. They are doing so by holding town meetings once a week, educating people on the dangers of drug addiction and what parents can do to stop it. This is solutions journalism because it discusses a problem and then proposes a solution: visiting schools each week to talk...

10 Things I Learned About Addiction From The Anonymous People

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Nothing impacts a person’s life more than addiction. There are 23 million people in recovery. Anonymity actually causes less awareness to be spread about drug addiction. Media never really has and until this day doesn’t treat it like an illness. Helping others be sober keeps some people going in recovery. Marty Mann was an early pioneer of addiction, championing for change in the way...

10 Ways We Can Incorporate Solutions Into Our Addiction Reporting

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1. It can increase our reader engagement. Its backed by social science that an audience loves to see behind the scenes of how things are solved. 2. Solutions-oriented journalism is more constructive. It can lead to more conversations instead of having an argument of opinion, because solutions-oriented journalism has research behind it, as does all good journalism. 3. We can discover the latest...

5 Things I Learned From Jean Friedman-Rudovsky

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It’s investigative journalism turned upside down. In solutions journalism you should look at how did they do it rather than who did it. Long form journalism isn’t dying but changing. Solutions Journalism can adapt by finding niche places into stories where it belongs Use facts and data to back up all claims to avoid advocacy or PR pieces Always do research first to find out where your...

10 things I learned about Solutions Journalism

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Solutions Journalism can have a powerful impact on the world by looking at solutions and not problems. There are heroes and then there’s characters. Solutions Journalism requires deeper three-dimensional characters. You must get an opposing view to make your story more three-dimensional. In addition to “What are the results,” you also ask “what is the measurements that matter most and why.”...