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Substance Abuse

My daughter and I participated recently in a “Sleep Out” event on the grounds of St James’ Church in Piccadilly in London. The event was a fundraiser for my organization, West London Mission, a Methodist nonprofit working to address homelessness in London. It was an uplifting evening – 82 supporters gave up their beds for […] Read More

Every Wednesday night, like many churches, our church has a prayer meeting followed by a Bible study. Several months ago, on Epiphany Sunday, I preached a sermon on listening to the Spirit’s voice, and like the Magi from the east, following the signs that God places in our lives. The following Wednesday, a dear friend […] Read More

Substance abuse is “a major public health challenge,” according to “The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs and Health.” Substance abuse or misuse is “the use of alcohol or drugs in a manner, situation, amount or frequency that could cause harm to the user or to those around them.” Key findings in the report include: […] Read More

Mental, neurological and substance use (MNS) disorders account for 10 percent of global diseases, according to a World Bank Group report. These issues result in numerous negative impacts, not only to individuals and families, but also on societies. For example, “an estimated 60 percent of suicide deaths can be re-attributed to mental and substance abuse […] Read More

State of the State addresses for 2016, largely overshadowed by the presidential election, gave sustained attention to economic recovery and education. Nearly every governor framed their address around recovering from the “Great Recession,” highlighting the progress since 2008 and emphasizing how their actions and policies had contributed to the state’s economic improvement. The generally optimistic […] Read More

Heroin and prescription drug abuse were the focus of a bipartisan Senate Judiciary Committee hearing last week. “America is experiencing a historic epidemic of drug overdose deaths. Over 47,000 died from overdoses in 2014 … more deaths than resulted from either car crashes or gun violence,” said committee chair Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) in his […] Read More

Millions of U.S. citizens have substance abuse disorders, but only a small percentage receive treatment each year, a recent Pew Charitable Trusts report revealed. More than 21 million people faced substance abuse issues in 2013, but only 18 percent of those received treatment. The self-perception that care was not necessary was the primary cause for […] Read More

Her name is Mickey and she found me on Tuesday of last week, timid and uncertain. If you look up the definition of “mousy” in the dictionary, the entry should have her picture next to it. She is petite and naive looking. Though 26 years old, she looks 18 or 19. But spend some time […] Read More

Prescription drug abuse is a growing trend in the U.S., becoming a leading factor in U.S. imprisonments. In New York’s Staten Island, deaths from prescription drug overdoses have become so frequent that a pilot program has been created to reduce fatalities. “Nearly 200 cops in one Staten Island precinct have been authorized to administer a […] Read More

Readers who turned to my column on Sundays in the Port Arthur News looking to be entertained with a collection of odds and ends from the sports world recently had to forgive a devastated dad for deviating from the norm. Sports moved to the back burner after I spent a week in a courtroom and […] Read More