There is something destroying our Families, killing our loved ones, and tearing our communities apart.
“The Heroin Epidemic”
The Warriors Project is on the front lines of this battle in North East Ohio.
HOW BIG IS THE PROBLEM WE'RE TRYING TO SOLVE?
The heroin epidemic affects 80% of the entire population in the U.S. We as a project are working diligently to combat the struggles and obstacles encountered when trying to get their lives on track. We know that without a spiritual solution to a spiritual malady, our brothers and sister DO NOT have a chance. Addiction is and has been a travesty to many generations. We as a project are working to lead men and women in Christ through his LOVE.
Immunity for Calling 911 or Seeking Emergency Medical Assistance – Good Samaritan Laws
To encourage people to seek medical attention for an overdose or for follow-up care after naloxone has been administered, 37 states and the District of Columbia have enacted some form of a Good Samaritan or 911 drug immunity law. These laws generally provide immunity from supervision violations and low level drug possession and use offenses when a person who is either experiencing or observing an opiate-related overdose calls 911 for assistance or otherwise seeks medical attention for themselves or another.
For immunity to apply, these laws often require a caller to have a reasonable belief that someone is experiencing an overdose emergency and is reporting that belief in good faith. “Good faith” often excludes seeking help during the course of the execution of an arrest or search warrant. Other requirements frequently include remaining on scene until help arrives and cooperating with emergency personnel when they arrive. Some laws also specify that immunity for covered offenses is not grounds for suppression of evidence of other crimes.
The scope of what offenses and violations are covered by immunity provisions varies by state. Some states have opted for more restricted immunity while states such as Vermont provide immunity from all controlled substance offenses.
The point at which immunity applies also varies. Some laws provide immunity from arrest for certain offenses in overdose situations while others provide immunity from charges, immunity from prosecution, or provide immunity via an affirmative defense to prosecution.
Casey’s Law allows for involuntary treatment, meaning that someone can have their drug addicted loved one evaluated for and admitted into drug treatment even if that person is an adult and is unwilling to get help.
Mathew Casey Wethington’s life and death is the inspiration for this law that allows parents, relatives and/or friends to intervene on the substance use disorder of a loved one, regardless of age and without criminal charges.
At the tragically young age of 23, Mathew Casey Wethington slipped into a heroin-induced coma and later died on August 19, 2002 of what is considered to be a heroin overdose. His family wanted more than anything to give him the right to live a life in recovery. Because he was over the age of 18 and unwilling to seek help voluntarily, his family’s hands were tied – they could not force him to go into treatment.
History of the Act
Casey’s Law is the broader name for The Matthew Casey Wethington Act for Substance Abuse Intervention and became a law on April 9, 2004 and went into effect in the state of Kentucky on July 13, 2004. It is now a means of intervention in Indiana and Ohio, as well.
Ezekiel’s vision of the valley of dry bones (Ezekiel 37:1–14) came to him after God had directed him to prophesy the rebirth of Israel in chapter 36. God announced, through the prophet, that Israel will be restored to her land in blessing under the leadership of “David, My servant [who] shall be king over them” (Ezekiel 37:24), clearly a reference to the future under Jesus Christ the Messiah, descendant of David (Isaiah 7:14; 9:6–7; Luke 1:31–33). However, this promise seemed impossible in light of Israel’s present condition. She was “dead” as a nation, deprived of her land, her king, and her temple. She had been divided and dispersed for so long that unification and restoration seemed impossible. So God gave Ezekiel the vision of the dry bones as sign.
What You Can Do?
If you want to help someone get free of heroin, the first thing you can do is to learn everything you can about the drug. The more you know about heroin and heroin addiction, the better you can understand an addicted loved one and his or her problem. This will be one of the biggest battles of their life, and they will need a clear-headed and knowledgeable partner to get through it. You may have to educate them about the effects of heroin and the short and long term risks. You’ll want to know what to expect from withdrawal symptoms, naloxone, detox and maintenance medications, and support groups such as Narcotics Anonymous and SMART Recovery. Read the rest of this guide. After that, read up on the latest about heroin addiction here.
What Are the Signs?
Heroin addicts may try to lie and hide their habit, but there are a few signs you can watch out for if you suspect a loved one is addicted.
If you suspect a loved one is using heroin or is becoming addicted, HowToQuitHeroin.com lists a few signs you can look for… and how you can help.
Syringes: This is by far the most popular method of consuming heroin, so someone in possession of a needle without medical reason is a big red flag. A hypodermic needle will usually be accompanied by a spoon, a filter of some type (cotton bud of a q-tip, cigarette filter or micron filter) and sometimes a lighter or candle for heating up black tar heroin. A belt, rope, or cord may also be used to tie off the user’s arm in order to locate veins more easily. The entire kit may be hidden in a small, discreet case, which can usually be found in the bedroom or bathroom.
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