2/17/19 Rainmaker Report

2/11/19

  • A new intern, Sean O’Brien, from Binghamton University’s Political Science program joined us as Alexis’ part time assistant.
  • Wings Project Kick-off meeting with 15 people in attendance. Have a new project co-chairs, Carol and Betty. Yeay!
  • Rainmaker meeting with 20 people in attendance.

2/14/19

  • Continued our work with our Opioid Use Cohort Management project with Lourdes Hospital and other area partners to improve health care for those who suffer from opioid use disorder.
  • Alexis was a guest speaker at Andrew Pragacz’s class “Ending Mass Incarceration” at Binghamton University. Alexis spoke about Truth Pharm, what we do and how the criminal justice system adds to the harms to people who use drugs. About 30 students in attendance.

2/15/19

  • Alexis provided education on the Science of Addiction to kick off our series of education for the nurse managers from Lourdes Primary Care practices. Seven people were in attendance and the training was well received.
  • Received HUGE news (announcement later).
  • Celena McDonnell authored and submitted an op-ed in response to Fred Akshar’s petition to prevent NY state prisoner’s from receiving a raise.
  • Rainmakers Corky Clark and Irene Aylward were interviewed by Channel 34 news and the story aired about our trip to NYC and the action at the Guggenheim and the Met.
  • Alexis had an op-ed published in OurFuture.org
  • Alexis provided education on the overdose epidemic, science of opioid use disorder and an overdose prevention training to students in a nursing class with SUNY Morrisville. Rainmaker Celena Bloomingdale attended and assisted. 18 people attended, 16 Narcan kits were distributed.

2/16/19

  • Sent email to Broome County debunking myths and stigma at recent panel discussion hosted in Deposit, NY.
  • Alexis and Shelley Canini provided our overdose prevention for high risk locations at Dunkin Donuts in Bainbridge, NY. Nine attendees, 8 personal Narcan kits provided and 1 facility kit.
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Truth Pharm partners with WBDY Binghamton Community Radio!

We were so excited when WBDY showed up to record our Trail of Truth event in Binghamton, NY on August 23rd. From that recording, they created and played a FULL HOUR show featuring the event! You can listen to the show here on soundcoud where they conveniently put all their archived shows: WBDY Trail of Truth

But, we had no idea how much more Bundy Radio would do! We were contacted by our friend Andy Pragacz who we work with at JUST (Justice and Unity for the Southern Tier) and offered an opportunity to partner with WBDY! What an amazing thing for them to do! As a struggling nonprofit with a miniscule budget, getting the word out about our work and advertising our events isn’t always easy. And though we think we’re pretty good at community organizing, we sometimes feel we’re simply reaching the same audience all the time. This is an incredible opportunity to reach a greater audience.

More importantly, WBDY is excited that Truth Pharm is a harm reduction organization and they will welcome our messages to reduce harm on the radio! What a great way to show the community some love, save lives and reduce harm! This comes at the perfect time as Truth Pharm was just awarded a grant through the Drug Policy Alliance to help educate the Southern Tier on Harm Reduction!

WBDY will be advertising Truth Pharm events, providing harm reduction information for the general public as PSA’s and hosting Truth Pharm Rainmakers for interviews! We could not be more grateful or excited than we are!

We would love for you all to listen to and follow WBDY! Care to do one better and share some love with them like they shared with us? Become a patron, member or supporter! They have the lowest rates I’ve ever seen for a radio station starting at just $25 per year to show your support! Please consider supporting this incredible community resource.

Find and follow WBDY on Facebook!
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Mapping Our Lost Loved Ones – a Note from Jeremiah Lindemann a Rainmaker in Colorado

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If you are visiting this page you are probably well aware of the Opioid Crisis that is happening in our Country. It is effecting far too many families. It effected me too- I lost my little brother J.T. J.T. was the most charming person you would ever meet and could light up any room with laughter. He was my best man at my wedding and many people considered him their  best friend.  He became addicted to powerful painkiller called OxyContin. Before 2007 I had no idea what OxyContin was. After hearing many more stories similar to my brother’s on the news I decided to become involved.

In my daytime job I am a geographer that works for Esri- the leading mapping software company.  I wanted to apply those skills and technologies to help get the word out. There is a definite stigma about people who use drugs. This storymap “Celebrating Lost Loved Ones” shows a very small sample of people who have been lost to the epidemic. Their picture has a bio with details about what made them special.

The map is embedded here on TruthPharm:
http://truthpharm.org/remembering-loved-ones/

Here is the form to submit your loved one:

Memorial Submissions

The Lost Loved Ones map started roughly a year ago and now has over 150 contributions, really a tiny fraction of what is occurring.  However, it illustrates that this problem is happening everywhere, to really great people.  More mapping is being done around the epidemic as well and can be found in this gallery:

http://stoprxabuse.maps.arcgis.com/apps/PublicGallery/index.html?appid=74fb3b49c4b542b780326d10ed45bced

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Some of the other maps are demographic maps that look at deaths by county, states that have Prescription Drop Off Locations, where Naloxone was used to save a life, and where over-prescribing is taking place that will likely lead to more problems.

Maps are a great communication tool – I hope you find them useful in helping get the word out about this epidemic to help drive more change.   Thank you TruthPharm for all that you are doing!

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