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NO MEETING MEMORIAL DAY, MONDAY, MAY 27!

NEXT H.O.P.E. MEETING IS MONDAY, JUNE 3, 7:00 P.M.
Monday, June 3rd, will be a general share and support meeting.  We look forward to seeing how things are going in our respective worlds and what we can do to be there for each other.
  • Free NARCAN, the Overdose Antidote, Available at our Meetings!



NCADA PRESENTS "MARIJUANA - A CLOSER LOOK" ON FRIDAY, JUNE 7 AT 10 a.m.

On Friday, June 7, Arpana Agrawal, PhD, professor of Psychiatry at Washington University School of Medicine, will be hosting an information session from 10 am - 12 pm examining the evidence and risks associated with the medical use of marijuana for various ailments.

Dr. Agrawal studies the genetic and environmental factors that contribute to cannabis use disorder, and has published over 250 peer-reviewed articles. In 2018, she received the International Society of Psychiatric Genetic's Theodore Reich Award for early career contributions to the field.

THE EVENT IS FREE, but registration is required.  Click here to register.

MISSOURI RECOVERY NETWORK SEEKS FEDERAL FUNDING FOR MISSOURI!

YOUR ACTION IS NEEDED TODAY regarding advocacy for increasing the federal
block grant funding!  The Association of Recovery Community Organization,
in which MRN is a member, has been working with FAVOR on advocating for
increasing the federal SAPT block grant funding. 


This program has not seen an increase in over 10 years. Currently, there is no mandated funding allocated in the SAPT block grant for recovery support services, recovery community centers, recovery community organizations, etc. MRN and our supporters have been advocating to
add recovery into this block grant funding for years.

THIS IS OUR CHANCE FOR MISSOURI TO GET FEDERAL FUNDING FOR RECOVERY ORGANIZATIONS AND RECOVERY SUPPORTS.
We encourage you to call your elected US House of Representative and encourage him/her to increase the block grant funding by $500 million to include recovery supports.  

To find out who your US House Rep is click here and CALL TODAY! https://www.house.gov/representatives/find-your-representative

A bipartisan letter was sent by Rep. Tonko (D-NY) and Rep. Fitzpatrick (R-PA) today to their fellow Representatives asking them to sign on to a separate letter to the appropriations committee asking for an increase in the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment (SAPT) Block Grant.

WHAT YOU CAN DO: CALL your members of the U.S. House of Representatives and urge them to increase the block grant by $500 million this year. Ask to speak with a member of their staff, tell them who you are, and why this is important to you, and your Recovery Community Organization.  Be sure to mention that this program has not seen an increase in over ten years, despite the current environment.

Your message:  Help combat the opioid epidemic: Support Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant FY20 Appropriations!
This has been one of MRN's crusades for years.  We need to speak UP and use our voices to get recovery as a mandate in the federal block grant.  Most of the Missouri block grant funding goes toward treatment and a percentage goes to prevention.  We are advocating for parity/equality and our voices are needed to express our concerns!   Please make your call TODAY!   Thanks in advance for being a voice for those who cannot yet speak/advocate for themselves!





SUPPORT NCADA THROUGH AMAZON AND SCHNUCKS!
NCADA (National Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse - St. Louis) participates in the Smile project with Amazon where Amazon makes a donation when you shop at smile.amazon.com

Also,  NCADA is a proud member of the Schnucks eScrip program that makes our communities stronger.  Getting started with the My Schnucks Card program is easy. Once you sign up, you earn up to 3% of your purchase amount for NCADA.Together, we can make a difference!








NEW BOOK ON THE OPIOID EMERGENCY!

A recently released book "American Fix" is now available.  This is not an endorsement - just an informational item.  That said, book that both Newt Gingrich AND Bill Clinton endorse, may be interesting.  Click here for information.  Also, the tool he's using to launch this project can be found here.  Also seems possibly interesting.  Again, H.O.P.E. does not endorse or promote this.  Here's how the tool is described on the book's website:
"The Action Network is a free online toolset anyone can use to organize. Click here to sign up and get started building an email list and creating online actions today.  Action Network is an open platform that empowers individuals and groups to organize for progressive causes.  We encourage responsible activism, and do not support using the platform to take unlawful or other improper action. We do not control or endorse the conduct of users and make no representations of any kind about them.  You can unsubscribe or update your email address or change your name and address by changing your subscription preferences here.


H.O.P.E. IS OFFICIALLY A NON-PROFIT!

H.O.P.E. is now a registered 501c3 non-profit.  Many thanks to Brenda & Gary for helping to make this happen!


TWO INTERESTING ITEMS ON TREATMENT

Many of us have observed that the most effective road to recovery is working a program, such as the 12-Steps.  My daughter is alive, healthy, happy and six-years-sober today thanks to such a program (through Crossroads in Chesterfield).  The two items below promote the pharmaceutical approach to recovery and seem interesting.  H.O.P.E. does not advocate for the information provided, but does share this in the interest of keeping folks informed on developing approaches to recovery.  The first is a video with sound and the second is an article.

https://www.nytimes.com/video/us/100000005847329/retro-opioid-addiction.html

https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2017/7/20/15937896/medication-assisted-treatment-methadone-buprenorphine-naltrexone



FACES & VOICES OF RECOVERY - ANOTHER RESOURCE

The H.O.P.E. group generally doesn't endorse other organizations, but we do like to make you aware of other resources out there.  The Faces & Voices of Recovery organization's Website has lots of options for engagement (Blogs, Webcasts, etc.), and is just one of many such organizations working on the disease of addiction.  Our Other Resources tab above, lists many additional  resources you may want to check out.


"START HERE" RESOURCE DIRECTORIES

These directories are for the Metropolitan St. Louis area.  They are produced by Inside Dharma,
a Buddhist outreach organization that works with individuals both inside and outside of the
state correctional institutions, and provide services to homeless persons in the St. Louis area. 
Copies of the booklet should be available at our meeting site, but the information can also
be found and even printed off of their website http://www.startherestl.org/.  Please check it out! 
It contains lots of good and helpful information! http://www.startherestl.org/


ARCHWAY INSTITUTE FUND RAISING

This is the link to a non-H.O.P.E. affiliated organization.



LINK TO OUR H.O.P.E. WEBSITE FOR SHARING (http://www.hopegroupstl.org/)
http://www.hopegroupstl.org/
H.O.P.E.fully yours,  
Joe
314-800-6274

Diane
314-629-8098

John
314-550-4382

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