The Opioid Crisis article series, written the first and third week of each month, is meant to educate the community about addiction in general and the opioid crisis in specific that is affecting communities nationwide. 

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The Opioid Crisis article series, written the first and third week of each month, is meant to educate the community about addiction in general and the opioid crisis in specific that is affecting communities nationwide. 

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The Opioid Crisis article series, written the first and third week of each month, is meant to educate the community about addiction in general and the opioid crisis in specific that is affecting communities nationwide. 

The Opioid Crisis article article series, written the first and third week of each month, is meant to educate the community about addiction in general and the opioid crisis in specific that is affecting communities nationwide. 

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We are living in unprecedented times. Anxiety about money, unemployment and fears of contracting or transmitting a potentially deadly disease plagues most of us. During normal times many of us…

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In Yiddish tradition, the highest levels of charity are when someone sees a problem before it arises and takes steps so that the problem never occurs. This requires intelligence, foresight, th…

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Barry and Erica were living the American Dream. He had opened his own dental practice after graduating MUSC’s dental school and working for several years under another dentist. She had graduat…

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This week’s story is about 57-year-old Vicky, a Mount Pleasant resident who has “been there and done that.” When I arrived for our interview I found that she had written her story down already…

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After a four-year commitment with the Navy to repay his dental school, Jack settled in Charleston. At 30-years-old he had a young family, a new dental practice, was on the board of his church …

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Rick had been sleeping on a sidewalk in a secluded area downtown for six months when we found him last month. Dressed in camouflage pants and toting a backpack, Rick wanted something different…

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As we have all seen during this COVID-19 pandemic, as a result of putting themselves in harm’s way in the service of others, nurses and doctors have a disproportionally high rate of infection …

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Born just after World War II and raised in the Charleston area, Jebediah “Jeb” has managed to carve himself out one of those hidden Mount Pleasant gems. An obscure drive off of a busy road lea…

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It’s Sunday and I am on a rare venture out of the house for an important interview. Had you asked me a year ago to think of a situation where the church parking lots here in the heart of the B…

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It was clear and calm at a local funeral home last week. Splashes of red and white azalea bushes dot the landscape among stately Oaks. I was attending yet another funeral. This one of a woman …

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Any serious discussion about addiction and recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs has to touch on the topic of ‘relapse.’ Estimates on relapse rates for those who have landed in lo…

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Peer pressure is defined as, “Influence from members of one’s peer group, usually others of around the same age or sharing similar status or interests.” We all want to be accepted and included…

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This article features Jay Shifman, a man in his young 30s who has been through the wringer of prescribed medications. He responded to our recent article on Benzodiazepines and his story has nu…

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This article expands and clarifies on the last article in this series entitled “The Benzodiazepine Issue” that published on Dec. 25, 2019 and accessible at moultrienews.com/opioid_crisis. The …

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The Opiate Crisis has taken a huge toll, however, the mobilization by communities and government has started to have an impact. But many people speak of another drug crisis at least as severe …

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In “Life’s Little Instruction Book,” H. Jackson Brown says “Never deprive someone of hope, because it might be all they have.” But there are sources of misery that lead to a place of hopelessn…

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Imagine yourself as a passenger on a sinking ship who has decided that it is more important to argue about whose fault the shipwreck was rather than heading for a lifeboat. Assigning blame doe…

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At 53-years-old, Danny is lying in hospice dying of cirrhosis of the liver. At one point he had six years without a drink, but a few years ago he had once again started and now is paying the u…

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When discussing addiction and recovery, a phrase I commonly hear is that someone went to “detox,” presumably short for “detoxification.” This is not “treatment.” Detox is a short term medical …

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The idea that people caught up in addiction live under bridges is false, yet many people who find themselves without a place to live struggle with addiction too. Curious about this, I found an…

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We have all heard of 12-step program groups, but for most of us they are a bit of a mystery. They never advertise or sell anything, they never ask for money nor seek media exposure. And yet ma…

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Fifty-year-old Richard Jones has been assisting WakeUp Carolina in Mount Pleasant with setting up family groups to help bend the curve in the fight against the Opioid Crisis. He has some uniqu…

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Although aging is not for the faint of heart, it is a privilege that many don’t get to experience. It is said that old age doesn’t begin until one starts looking backward rather than forward –…

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What is an alcoholic/addict? Homelessness, poverty, unkempt appearance, no career, constant legal issues, wearing a trench coat and living under the bridge? As we have seen so far in this seri…

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It is said that the death of one’s child is not an event, it is the onset of an incredibly painful journey of survival. It brings on a grief so fatiguing that sleep won’t touch the tiredness. …

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Twice Charleston has banned alcohol, from 1892-1907 and from 1920-1933. Banning addictive substances doesn’t work; alcohol is as prevalent today as ever. The death toll from alcohol includes a…

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The sibling relationship is unique to any other. There is the competitive side – if your sibling gets something you wanted it is said you first try to take it, then try to break it and as last…

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Born and raised on the rocky shores of New England, Dave Ohlund has that stoic “Mainer” quality of “use what you’ve got, make what you need or make do.” Burly forearms and calloused hands beli…

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In our last article Dr. Chanda Brown said that one of the things Mount Pleasant needs the most to help is affordable recovery housing. There isn’t any in Mount Pleasant, so I sought out an Oxf…

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One of Tom’s earliest memories is a little wagon his father built to be pulled about by wild goats they caught on Goat Island. His father was a talented carpenter who built the nicest house ne…

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Drug addiction is a ravenous predator few escape. You can’t out-run it – it follows you wherever you go. You can’t out-think it — it centers in the mind and rules your thoughts. You can’t out-…

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“There are only two things I don’t like. Change, and the way things are,” says 27-year-old Trevor. “I wanted things to be different, but I didn’t know what different looked like – I didn’t eve…

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It is said that the chains of addiction are too light to feel until they are too strong to break. Perhaps no story better illustrates this than Creighton Shipman’s, who died of an opioid overd…

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In this fourth article, we meet a 27-year-old local man who our paramedics brought back to life from a severe overdose and a sergeant who is making a difference from within the Mount Peasant P…

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Welcome to article No. 2 in this series on addiction and recovery in our community. I was given a woman named Joan’s number whose son, Andrew, died from an opioid overdose two years ago. Andre…

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Welcome. In this introduction to a series of articles on the toll that addiction to mood altering substances is taking on this area, I will tell you about myself, how I came to write this seri…

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