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Gone but not Forgotten

Hi folks... August is almost here. We are working hard to make our first ever Overdose Awareness Walk a success in the Quad-Cities. Wanted to let you know the shirts are in and ready to order. We have Adult sizes S-M-Lg. and X-Lg. available. We were not able to order kids sizes this year. They were not available from the printer. However, please bring the kiddies. We welcome them to our walk. I will work on having kids sizes for next year. I also want to add that these shirt sizes run big so no worries getting one that fits! The cost for each shirt will be 8.00 dollars.

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FDA Expands Access to Overdose Antidote to Stem Opiate Addiction Epidemic

The FDA approved the first auto-injecting version of Naloxone, which reverses the effects of opioids that bind to receptors on the brain and trigger narcotic effects on the body, including slowing breathing and lowering blood pressure.

Perspectives of a Nephew

Hi, my name is Zach Taylor. My Uncle Andy overdosed on Heroin in May of 2011. With his loss, everyone in our family has come to realize people who use drugs aren't bad people, they just need help. Being thrown in a jail cell doesn't help a person. In my opinion, it just makes it worse. The fact that people actually think people who use drugs are bad people makes me sad . My Uncle Andy was a good person. He had a disease called addiction. All people should have the chance to be helped, drug users shouldn't be singled out just because they're sick.

Opiate Drug overdose requires better response

In light of recent deaths, we need to face the alarming growth of prescription drug and heroin use in our communities.

Opiate addiction has reached epidemic proportions and is now considered a public health crisis. Nationwide, more people die from drug overdoses than motor vehicle crashes.

I lost my son Andy to this disease May 25th, 2011. He was 33 years old. He left two young boys behind, who we have adopted. Addiction is a disease that affects the whole family. And unlike other chronic diseases, it is shrouded in shame and silence.

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