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Fay Zenoff, Executive Director

From COR Director

Election Promises and Recovery Parades

Last week, I listened to one of our presidential candidates outline a ‘five point plan’ for addressing the nation's opioid and heroin epidemic. The plan entailed: 1. Reforming the criminal  justice system to move people with addiction from denial into treatment — rather than into jails. 2. Building greater treatment capacity to increase the number of people who can access help and also reduce the waiting time. 3. Distributing rescue kits widely to be immediately responsive to those who overdose. 4. Utilizing a national database tracking prescriptions to stop doctors and patients from over-dispensing. 5. Changing attitudes to get rid of the stigma of addiction through nationwide prevention and education programs. I absolutely agree with all the points above. However, glaringly absent, from this list is a point focused on supporting long-term recovery. In my opinion, supporting long-term recovery is essential for a truly comprehensive and affective plan. Today the…
From COR Director

Ending shame to save our children’s lives

I received a call just before the holidays from someone interested in donating to one of our prevention programs. It’s not often that we are sought out by a prospective donor. The importance of our work seems largely obscured by the prevailing societal disdain for addicts. We all know that this country has waged a "war on drugs" for several decades now, resulting in our criminalizing users rather than minimizing the flow of illegal substances onto our streets . This means many of those needing help are met with judgment and typically given minimal access to short-term resources if not incarcerated. So I was quite interested to understand what had prompted this unexpected call. My heart sank as I listened to the all too familiar story of loss, grief, heartbreak and shock. The day prior to our conversation, the caller's best friend had lost her son to a drug overdose.…