…been effected by prescription drug addiction or some other form of addiction. One way or another, everywhere in society we have been touched by the chaos. Urban, suburban or rural areas have been touched; across class lines, ethnic lines…whether directly or indirectly, abuse of narcotics has cost us dearly. In lives, quality of life, the effects of ancillary crime, health implications, relationships – be it in a friend or family member, a neighbor, colleague, team-mate…
Conservatively, Alcoholics Anonymous‘ worldwide membership alone, has leveled off to more than two million, taking into account the turnstile effect of recidivism and the steady stream of newcomers. The recovering community at large, inclusive of individuals grappling with other substances and process addictions, has exploded in size. Then, consider as well those others who struggle with aspects of the disease seeking alternative measures to manage its symptoms or its systemic effects.
Advocates, family members, employers, service providers, lawmakers, faith communities are joining people in recovery to speak up and call out the real barriers to stopping the loss of life, productivity, order and safety Americans need to thrive. There is a huge pink elephant in our town squares that until now NO ONE wanted to talk about. The fact that as a people we have been unable or unwilling to objectively, effectively discuss ramifications of untreated mental illness is in itself PART of the illness! And, frankly, substance abuse is simply a subset of the mental health issue. The endemic attitudes, exploitation, corruption, that distorts public policy, politics, economics and social conduct is both the tail end and the beginning of the vicious cycle.
To get a better understanding of what Families Against Narcotics (FAN) is about, click the link <<<=== and watch the video on YouTube. Real live, fine, upstanding regular people are coming together to address the whole ‘ball of wax’. In the video, I’m the lady that sits beside Richard Sands, the man who shares about the loss of his adorable granddaughter to a drug overdose. Richard is chairman of the Downriver (Detroit) Chapter of Families Against Narcotics, formed in April 2013.
You’ll see, it’s going to get better, but we all have to do our part.As one lovely member clarified at one of the early local FAN meetings,
“We do not need a War on Drugs anymore! What we need is a War on Addiction!”
This topic is going blow your mind, but you have to first open your heart. One thing is for certain; the more you learn about the exact nature of the drug problem in the United States, the more you will find there IS yet to learn of the scope and depth of devastation it has done to our nation as a whole. America and Americans are worth saving. Each and every human being effected by the epidemic has a right to be rescued and restored to live a happy, joyous and free life. There is much more I will share with you on this topic. We have a lot to hope for, and much to expect from and for the American way of life, should we choose to care for and nurture it.
- The Stigma Perpetuated by the War on Drugs (thejusticesquad.wordpress.com)
Initiative to build underground Nuclear Waste Repository less than one mile away from Lake Huron shore in Michigan. Great Lakes to dispose of ‘rags’ belonging to Canada has been ‘gifted’ for $36,000,000 to raise local support. What!? Michigan Senator Hopgood’s warning is shocking and timely:
- Michigan officials fighting Ontario’s nuke site get support from feds (macombdaily.com)
- Nuclear waste burial debate produces odd alliances (kansascity.com)
- Nuclear Waste Burial Debate Produces Odd Alliances (theepochtimes.com)
- Great Lakes nuclear dump proposal draws ire (metronews.ca)
- Nation’s nuclear waste a deepening concern (mysafetysign.com)
- Nuclear waste burial debate produces odd alliances (miamiherald.com)
- Fears surface over Lake Huron nuke dump proposal (usatoday.com)
Detroit is secretly a beautiful city! One must LOOK BENEATH ITS SURFACE and recall how it has been disparaged in every way for 46 years. But, it is a valley being raised up, just as the mountains of corruption are being torn down. Abolitionists speak up, so: Listen up, USA!
Now, THAT’s how Americans really roll!
Thanks, Sarah and God bless you!
And, Ellen ~ Girl, you ROCK!
Sarah\’s story touched a lot of people on the internet, and Ellen had to meet her! What Ellen did next will change Sarah\’s life forever.
- Ellen DeGeneres Awards $10,000 To Waitress Who Paid Soldiers’ Tab (kearth101.cbslocal.com)
Canadian Northwest Territories, late summer 2013. The beauty of creation unimaginable…
Michigan Human Trafficking legislative task force
faces the facts head on.
After the newly formed advisory board had its first meeting, an impromptu interview took place to let citizens of Michigan learn what is being done in Lansing to protect victims of human trafficking in Michigan. Check it out here:
The state’s Senate Human Trafficking Advisory Board has been formed to help Senator Emmons expedite her responsibilities since Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette appointed Emmons as chair of the Public Awareness Subcommittee for the Michigan Commission on Human Trafficking. The attorney general and Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville have led the effort in raising public awareness of human trafficking in Michigan. Michigan is cited as ranking #5 nationally in human trafficking activity. This fact alone is outrageous.
Additionally, citizens of Michigan are embarrassingly unaware of how prevalent and hidden the human rights crimes are being conducted, and all the other criminal activity that is connected to it. At this point it is feasible none of us know the full scope of human trafficking takes place in the state. Neither do we know to what extent devastation caused by trafficking impacts our state. Since Detroit is one of the largest international crossings in the world, perpetrators of the trafficking of persons needs to be extinguished and quickly.
If you are interested in helping or sharing your concern about human trafficking, Sen. Emmons may be contacted by phone at (517) 373-3760. Office and mailing address is 1005 Farnum Building, P.O. Box 30036, Lansing, MI 48909-7536. If you are planning to be in the Lansing area and would like to stop by her office, it is located on the 10th floor.
If you suspect someone is a victim of sex trafficking, call
National Human Trafficking HOTLINE:
Trafficking in Persons and Worker Exploitation
Task Force Complaint Line
- 2013 Report On Human Trafficking In Michigan (fox17online.com)