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FELLOWSHIP FOUNDATION SPONSORS MARGATE’S D.A.R.E. PROGRAM FOR THIRD YEAR

Fellowship Foundation Recovery Community Organization, a non-profit group aimed at educating families on drug and alcohol abuse, endowed Margate D.A.R.E with $5,600 in materials for the program’s 2015-16 school year. Fellowship Foundation President, Rick Riccardi, was on hand to present Police Chief Dana Watson with the donation.

 

Rick presents D.A.R.E. materials to Margate Police.
Rick presents D.A.R.E. materials to Margate Police.

The relationship between the Foundation and schools is ongoing. This is the third year running that the organization has covered costs for D.A.R.E. supplies, enabling fifth graders at Margate’s public elementary schools to participate in the 10-week program, which is mentored by School Resource Officers.

(Margate News)

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ANTHONY’S ACT

 

To be delivered to The United States House of Representatives and The United States Senate.

The Affordable Care Act must be amended to provide for a minimum of Ninety (90) days inpatient drug or alcohol treatment up to a maximum of One Hundred Eighty (180) days per year at a facility certified to provide suchcare by the Secretary of Health of the state in which it is located.

Every day in this country 119 people die from drug overdose, and another 6,748 are treated in emergency rooms. That averages out to an overdose related hospitalization every 13 seconds and an overdose death every 13 minutes. Drug overdose is now the leading cause of accidental death in the United States, outstripping traffic fatalities or gun homicides. Anthony's Act

And every year it gets worse.

In addition to the terrible human toll, substance abuse costs the U.S. economy over $600 billion annually. Effective treatment can dramatically reduce these costs. According to several conservative estimates, every dollar invested in addiction treatment programs yields a return of between $4 and $7 in reduced drug-related crime, criminal justice costs, and theft. When savings related to healthcare are included, total savings can exceed costs by a ratio of 12 to 1. Major savings to the individual and to society also stem from fewer interpersonal conflicts; greater workplace productivity; and fewer drug-related accidents, including overdoses and deaths.

Read more and sign the petition at MoveOn.org

 

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UNITE TO FACE ADDICTION

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Addiction can longer be ignored. The time has come to break the silence.

On October 4, 2015 a transformative event will take place in Washington, DC that will ignite and grow an emerging national grassroots movement to solve the addiction crisis. In communities across the country, citizens are organizing and speaking out—about criminal justice reform, addiction recovery, health equity and deadly overdoses.

The time has come to UNITE to Face Addiction at a national rally that will transform the conversation from problems to solutions for one of the most pressing health issues of our time. UNITE to Face Addiction is a grassroots advocacy initiative bringing together people, communities, and organizations working on solutions to the addiction crisis. We are mobilizing to let our nation know that addiction is preventable and treatable, that far too many of those affected have been incarcerated, and that people can and do get well.

Help the Fellowship Foundation and Young People in Recovery (YPR) mobilize our community to attend this event on October 4th. We need your help to send our group the rally. Your money will contribute to costs of traveling to D.C. so that we may join the tens of thousands of citizens gathering in the nation’s capital to speak with one voice.

We ask that you donate so that Fellowship Foundation and YPR may stand in solidarity with our fellows as a collective force to help the 22 million Americans with addiction, and urgently act to save the 350 lives lost each day. For more information about the events taking place in Washington on Oct. 4th please visit http://www.facingaddiction.org

Help us reach our goal so that Fellowship Foundation and YPR can go to D.C. and #UNITEtoFaceAddiction.

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A CALL FOR HEIGHTENED SENSITIVITY ON MATTERS OF RECOVERY

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After sitting through multiple city meetings where residents spoke against a detox facility proposed for their neighborhood, Margate resident, Rick Riccardi, took a stand on the demonization of recovering addicts.

“What does concern me are the things that are said about people in recovery. People who are trying to save their lives and get out of the problem and get into a solution. And they’re talked to as though and talked about like they’re criminals,” Riccardi told commissioners at a recent city meeting.

A recovering alcoholic sober for 21 years, Riccardi made it clear he wasn’t advocating for the proposed detox center, but rather for addicts whose lives are saved through detox.

“These places are where people go to save their lives; people who need help in a building that is a medical building. We put animal hospitals up and nobody gets upset. Why wouldn’t we have a hospital for people dying of alcohol and drug disease?” Riccardi asked.

Read the full article at http://www.margatenews.net

 

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