Battle Rebels Against Drugs

Sunday while at the UR Way Memorial I met so many amazing people, this is a common occurrence at many events. Many of the people in attendance have been where we are. We refer to this crisis as an addiction epidemic because that is really what it is. We are seeing...

Pittsburgh Won’t Forget U

Thank you Pittsburgh Won't Forget U for hosting a wonderful event in memory of all of our loved ones. Sunday was a beautiful day and the scenic park of West End Overlook added to the atmosphere. Attending memorials are difficult, but one thing that I find about them...

Narcan… A Couple FACTS

We have all seen the posts on social media about Narcan. I'm gonna start by saying I'm sorry if you have dealt with a terminal illness that was not brought on by bad decision making. I'm sorry that healthcare is so expensive. I'm sorry that it can be frustrating to...

We MUST Change The World

Life is tough. I have been battling my depression and anxiety a lot lately. I go through phases with it through the years that I have been dealing with it. Depression slows me down sometimes. But, it does not stop me. I have NOT quit and never will quit. I believe...

Compassion & Love

I sit here tonight. Thinking of my cousin, Amber and so many others battling the demons of addiction. Amber passed quickly from an overdose after struggling with depression and self medication. My cousin, he has been in a coma for nearly weeks now. Addiction is a...
Advocate and help

I Never Thought…

Our friends at Sage's Army have been instrumental in helping me personally and so many other people. I never thought that I would be speaking out about the stigma of addiction, overdose and mental illness. I never thought that I would be make friends with a person...

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New Bill To Force Treatment in PA

A new bill was proposed by PA Senator Jay Costa that would give the ability for families to petition the court to force a person with addiction to treatment. Senate Bill 391 amends the Mental Health Procedures Act (MHPA) giving families the opportunity to seek...

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We Have To Do More

We lost Amber on June 4, 2015 and I have spoke out about addiction and overdose. From that moment my life change and the purpose of my life was defined. I am blessed to have a wonderful, loving and supporting family and we have all pulled together. Family is so...

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Why Sunflower Effect

The Sunflower Effect is dedicating to helping people affected by addiction. We lost Amber on June 4, 2015 to an accidental overdose. The lose of her was devastating and leaves a hole in our hearts. Amber was bright and vibrant young lady that battling depression and...

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Screening Of ‘Generation Found’ – Help Requested

A friend of mine told me about this film. I watched the trailer and looked over the site. This film is from the same creators of THE ANONYMOUS PEOPLE, which I really found good and thought provoking. From the creators of the groundbreaking film, THE ANONYMOUS PEOPLE,...

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We Need To Do More

Last year it was 129 a day that we lost from overdose, this year it is 144 a day. 144 A Day We have to do more. We have to take action and speak out and help people. We have to find ways to help people even when they are NOT ready. We have to make them ready. I...

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Make A Difference

Make A Difference Everyone can make a difference. If you care about something, stand up, put yourself out there and do something. The smallest thing can make a difference and if enough people do something small the change can be huge. We live in a world that is full...

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Be An Advocate For What You Care About

Advocate for what you care about. I had the honor to sit and talk with some wonderful people this week and I am excited to continue the conversation. People with such passion and love in their hearts, they have the courage to stand up for what they believe is needed....

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Shattered

My daughter wrote this and she said I could share it. Beautiful on the outside, but shattered within. As things appear to be broken, they build as something new as time goes on. You can bring on new glory, from terrible events of the past. Life is like a puzzle,...

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Baldwin-Whitehall Addresses Overdose Crisis

Baldwin-Whitehall took a leadership role in the epidemic currently facing our country. I am so proud to see what they have started and excited to see where it goes. OffScript by Saltworks A few weeks ago Baldwin High School students attended an assembly presentation...

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WTAE Editorial on Opiate & Heroin Awareness

This morning I was watching WTAE Pittsburgh and they aired an editorial on the Opiate and Heroin Epidemic that is killing so many people in the United States. I am so happy to see the Editorial. I agree that every week should be Opiate and Heroin Awareness Week until...

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