AuthorZachary Bourgeois

“Disease of, for and by the People”

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Ronald Lamb, Deputy Commissioner for the City of Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disability Services, presented a power point with major statistics about the current opioid addiction that is plaguing the city of Philadelphia. Lamb highlighted this problem that has been occurring for the last 30 years. This is based on the fact that Philadelphia has had the most pure...

The Opioid Addiction, Not the Red Head Step Child Anymore

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Eric Miller, a police officer from the Narberth Police Department, started off stating that cops and paramedics saw the opioid epidemic coming for a long time. “10 years ago no one wanted to listen. Cops were seeing it, but no one wanted to hear about it”, said Miller. Miller also went onto explaining that he is not one of the stereotypical hard on drugs cops that wants to send every...

Devin Reaves: A Unapologetic Look at Addiction

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Devin Reaves started off his discussion explaining how he was a product of the crack epidemic in the 1980’s. His father was addicted to crack cocaine, and he soon fell victim to the same disease. Reaves went into the historical background of the crack epidemic, giving us a real understanding of how the policies implemented got us to where we are today. He also went into an economic...

“The Dragon Waiting to Attack,” Jon Orens Reflection

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Jonathan Orens started off his presentation by showing three pictures of his late son Dan who had passed away in the fall. Orens showed off two photos of Dan smiling and seeming like an upbeat healthy individual. The last was one of Dan laying in a hospital bed with several machines keeping him alive. The first two were taking when Dan was in recovery and sober. The last was the first time...

Scott McLane’s and Richard Stockwell’s Reflection on Addiction and Recovery

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Scott McLane’s journey to sobriety was long, and extremely difficult. McLane was not your normal every day advocate of long-term recovery. McLane is very adamant in his belief that the traditional addiction treatment systems failed him personally. Stories of disassociated workers in AA meetings and sponsors not meeting with McLane made it hard for him to stay stable and get to a point where he...

Comparing News and Solutions Reporting

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Meth series: Family drug courts fight rising tide of meth-fueled child abuse and neglect This article is a perfect example of solutions journalism. Montana saw a rise of child abuse cases because of their large methamphetamine problem. Many of the cases of abuse or neglect, came from parents who were addicted to methamphetamine.  This sharp spike in the use of methamphetamine, mostly became...

10 Things I Learned About Addiction and Recovery From The Anonymous People

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1.) Addiction is a mental disease, not just a personal failing of not jst saying no. 2.) Social stigma, discrimination, and negative media coverage surrounding addiction has made many stay quiet about their recovery. 3.) Yearly, the United States pays $350 billion per year for substance abuse. 4.) A lot of process to break the stigma behind addiction was making trides in the early and late...

10 Ways To Incorporate Solutions Into Addiction Reporting

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1.) Any strong solutions article should go into why this solution is working, why is it is important to cover, and why you should be reporting on this. Use data, personal resources, etc. 2.) Most importantly after taking the time to dwell into this story you have to make sure there is an actual solution. Each story should answer “how” this story is creating a solution. 3.) Addiction...

5 Things I Learned From Jean Friedman Rudovsky

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1.) The best way to avoid portraying your main character in a solutions story is to interview an imperfect character. This allows you to detail the flaws without just fluffing the piece with amazing facts about your main character. 2.) Be sure to take in depth notes during the interview process. Detail every little thing you can notice, even if most of it will wind up being thrown out, or you...

10 Things I Learned From The Solutions Journalism Kit

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1.) Solution Journalism puts a positive spin on the dreary news that we are accustom to, while making real change through looking at solutions to issues we have in society. 2.) Solution Journalism should not be contained to free publicity for one group, agency, person, etc. and should attempt to stay as a far away as it can from “Hero Worship”. 3.) Good Solution Journalism focuses in...