Somerville Overcoming Addiction News Update

THE MARK WAHLBERG YOUTH FOUNDATION AND RECOVERY CENTERS OF AMERICA PRESENT IF ONLY, A SHORT FILM INTENDED FOR TEENS, PARENTS AND ADULTS TO RAISE AWARENESS ABOUT THE DANGERS OF PRESCRIPTION DRUG MISUSE AND ABUSE AND TO START A CONVERSATION THAT ENCOURAGES THE SAFE USE, STORAGE AND DISPOSAL OF PRESCRIPTION DRUGS TO KEEP THEM OUT OF THE HANDS OF KIDS.

This is a must see short movie, three or four years ago I approached the city of Somerville about showing this movie to the Somerville High School students. After a short discussion, I was informed that my request was turned down. Well if you would like to see what happens in ‘ IF ONLY” please let me know, I will request a showing Everyone should be aware of just how our city, neighboring cities and towns are impacted with addiction. 64,000 fatal overdoses occurred in 2016, 72,000 in 2017. When I have the final numbers for 2018. I will post the data.

National Drug Overdose Deaths -Numbers amongst all ages and gender were 16,849 in 1999, imagine 72,000 in 2017. More deaths then the Vietnam War. The nonfatal overdoses numbers outnumber the fatalities by triple the numbers do to the use of Narcan.

Addiction does not discriminate, many from all walks of life from Billionaires to low income, every nationality, age group, or gender. The US leads the way when it comes to addiction, not a subject we should be proud of or avoid.

March 4th , my next guest on the SOA show will be Dina Favreau from Heroin’s Killing My Town, Billerica substance abuse member and Maury Healey Opioid Task Force . Dina is a wealth of information we will be discussing the upcoming lawsuit against pharma and person responsible for this epidemic that took my son Franke’s life as well as many of your loved ones lives.

The show airs on Monday night the 4th of March at 8 to 9pm.

To watch If you are in Somerville channel 3, online http://www.somervillemedia.org or you tube under Somerville Overcoming Addiction.

Please watch, I promise you will be surprised as to what is happening …

Joann Bocca- Rivieccio

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