Here’s the skinny from a recent national survey: More Americans see opioid addiction as a significant issue for their community today than in 2016; and 13 percent have lost a relative or close friend to opioid overdose. Still, 44 percent say opioid addiction indicates a lack of willpower or discipline and 32 percent say it is caused by a character defect or bad parenting. What other beliefs are revealed by the survey conducted by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research?

The opiod epidemic is taking down man and beast. Tragically, in 2015, 36 police dogs died from contact with heroin. Today, they’re exposed to Fentanyl, which is 50-100 times stronger than morphine, and carfentanil, an elephant tranquilizer that can be 10,000 times more powerful. Ingesting a poppy seed-sized amount could be deadly. What can you do to protect our furry friends?

By Jeanie Gschweng, General Manager, Clean & Sober Transitional Living

What does it take to be successful in the Clean & Sober Transitional Living environment? First of all, it’s essential to have a sense of humility and even “brokenness.” From the moment people walk in our front door, I have a good sense of their humility. That’s a critical thing because the successful resident will be coming from a place of “I’ve tried everything else, and I’ve exhausted every other resource.” They have to be in a place where they recognize their way isn’t working, so they’ll be willing to do whatever it takes.

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