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Prescription Opioid and Heroin Epidemic Week: Facebook Live Inmate Video

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President Obama recently signed a proclamation designating the week of September 18 through September 24, 2016 as the first-ever Prescription Opioid and Heroin Epidemic Week.

Prescription Opioid and Heroin Epidemic Week

As a result, the McShin Foundation, in Richmond, VA, wanted to share a live Facebook video from inmates who are a part of the Chesterfield County Jail Heroin Addiction Recovery Program (HARP). They are hoping to help change the way America looks at the drug and alcohol addiction epidemic and criminal justice reform.

These men have a strong and powerful message for America about drug addiction and recovery. Check it out for yourself:

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Recovery Can Work!

A research study that was conducted by the academic journal Crime & Delinquency stated that approximately 50% of state prisoners meet the criteria for a diagnosis of drug abuse or dependence; however, only 10% of prisoners receive drug treatment. What’s even more alarming about these numbers is that America could be saving a whopping 12.9 billion dollars if the remaining 40% were treated, rather than incarcerated. Our nation is in a state of crisis when it comes to drug addiction. The more awareness there is about recovery, the more lives and money can be saved.

Recovery does work. The Watershed has helped over 50,000 addicts and alcoholics since 1998, and we understand that addiction is a disease and not a moral dilemma – so let’s treat it like one! If you or someone you love is struggling with drug addiction, there is hope and healing, and it can start today. Contact us now for more information on how you can get clean and stay that way.

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