Month: November 2015

DEA 360 Strategy

The fact that the DEA has selected Pittsburgh for the pilot of the 360 Strategy speaks volumes to the epidemic that we are in. This health crisis is throughout our country and right in our own backyard. The war on drugs is not working and did not work. We need to have a new strategy and I am anxious to see how the DEA implements the new 360 model. I have spoken before about my goals as it relates to this horrible crisis and shared my story of loss. Losing Amber is something I have to live with every day, I think of her constantly and miss our conversations and laughter. My goals are: End the stigma with addiction and overdose Educate people on the epidemic and this health crisis Celebrate recovery “The 360 strategy brings together for the first time, the agencies that have dealt with this problem separately, into a comprehensive and sustained effort to not only fight drug traffickers but also to make communities resilient to their return.” Read more at I have partnered with newly found friends from Sage’s Army and Not One More Pittsburgh Chapter to progress my goals forward. I am in regular contact with them as well as friends at Candle, Inc for their Reality Tour program. Each of these non-profits offer creative resources to the public and I recommend you...

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It Can Happen To Anyone

I know personally that it could happen to anyone and I also know the horrible pain the accompanies addiction. Addiction is a family disease, it grips a person and controls their thoughts and soul. It affects everyone that loves a person who is addicted. We have tried the war on drugs for decades now, it has not worked. I watched a show this week titled “Pittsburgh Smack“, it details how this health crisis is so close to home. When I say Pittsburgh, I mean the Greater Pittsburgh Area, not just the city. This is not an inner city problem, addiction is in suburbs and rural America also. Addiction does NOT discriminate, it doesn’t care what your race or social status is. It doesn’t care about your finances. It will grip you and hold you tight. Seeing how the dealers think and have no regard the lifes affected is horrible. Seeing how the addicts life revolves around drugs and the sickness they suffer without that drug is so sad. I also watched Chris Christie speak about addiction and how we treat it. Below is the video of his speach, please watch it I feel it is very informative and hits home. This is not an endorsement for him as president, just that I felt his speech was very true on this topic. Together we can help fight addiction, below are...

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