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Testimony of Ryan Hampton before the Democratic National Convention Platform Drafting Committee July 2, 2020 Thank you, Mayor Bottoms; I’m grateful to be here this evening. Five and a half years ago, I was homeless, hopelessly addicted to heroin, and desperate for help. I knocked on every door in my community, going from facility to...
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The Great Battlefield is a podcast about how the resistance is mobilizing. Nathaniel G. Pearlman interviews the progressive political entrepreneurs who are leading the battle against Trump. Resistance Dashboard is a visual advocacy platform that serves to bring focus to the fights ahead. It seeks to become a comprehensive clearinghouse for information about which policies...
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At the peak of my heroin use in 2014, everyone knew something was wrong. My track marks, broken veins, dilated pupils and sunken cheeks told the whole world that I had a problem. My illness was obvious. What they didn’t know was my secret: I was gay, too. By the time I reached my bottom,...
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The vast health disparities and institutional discrimination that affect Black people is not a new phenomenon. Black people face high barriers to treatment for any illness. The COVID-19 crisis exposes what recovery advocates have known for decades: that Black people die at higher rates, and racism is responsible. Systemic racism is a public health issue....
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On Sunday, I donated my stimulus payment to various organizations including Color Of Change, Black Voters Matter, and the Pennsylvania Harm Reduction Coalition. Stopping systemic racism in this country deserves our undivided attention, but more importantly—our action. These organizations represent the best of us: fighting voter suppression in Black communities, leading campaigns to fight for racial justice...
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Despite decreases in overall opioid overdose deaths, deaths involving synthetic opioids, cocaine and other psychostimulants increased sharply and alcohol and suicide deaths are also up. Newly released data show that 151,964 Americans died due to alcohol, drugs or suicide in 2018. This national death rate for alcohol, drug and suicide deaths was only very slightly lower than...
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If we look up from what’s right in front of us — a global pandemic — we’ll remember that we’ve been battling a public health crisis for more than a decade. The opioid epidemic alone has stolen more than 450,000 lives from us since 1999, but the total number of deaths related to substance use is around 1.75 million...
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Tips for social distancing, quarantine, and isolation during the COVID-19 outbreak What Is Social Distancing? Social distancing is a way to keep people from interacting closely or frequently enough to spread an infectious disease. Schools and other gathering places such as movie theaters may close, and sports events and religious services may be cancelled. What...
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The Voices Project is proud to partner with Justin Bieber for the YouTube Originals release of SEASONS. During episodes 5 and 7, The Voices Project and its closed Facebook group, “Voices to End Addiction & Inspire Recovery” are featured as resources for viewers to tell their stories and share their experiences with addiction and mental health...
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Calling all changemakers in addiction recovery advocacy and activism! Mobilize Recovery is coming back this year and we can’t wait to reveal the details and process to get involved and attend. BE THE FIRST TO GET NOTIFIED about the 2020 process, partners, schedule and venue – and how YOU can join changemakers from all over...
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