Once a participant completes their treatment program, their case is dismissed and sealed, according to the Law Journal. A new program run by the Bronx Criminal Court in New York City is hoping to prioritize recovery for people charged with low-level, non-violent offenses. The Bronx’s Overdose Avoidance and Recovery (OAR) program is just over two months old, but has so far helped 50 defendants access treatment in lieu of jail, according to the New York Law Journal.
The concept of “sex, drugs, and rock and roll” has saturated the music industry since it’s start. What starts as experimentation oftentimes evolves into a serious issue with devastating consequences. A major shift in the music industry has contributed to a massive promotion of substance abuse, to the point that it leans towards making it acceptable to live in active addiction. The drug use is actually viewed as an asset or a marketing tool, which almost makes it mandatory to merge it into the lyrical content. As stated in several media outlets, drug overdoses are the leading cause of death among Americans under 50.
Missing in the media coverage of the unrelenting legions of drug overdose deaths in the United States is an equally important but less heralded story. What subsequently happens to people who experience a drug overdose but are successfully rescued through emergency medical intervention? What is their fate after they leave the hospital or other emergency care setting? New grassroots recovery community organizations (RCOs) are collaborating with first responders and hospitals to influence such outcomes.