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They Were Losing the Battle Against the Opioid Epidemic. Then Plymouth County, Massachusetts Revolutionized the Playbook.

by Shannon DeMille | Apr 30, 2019

Plymouth County, Massachusetts had a problem. A big one, no different than most other areas of the country, but getting worse by the day.

The problem wasn’t just that the opioid epidemic was devastating the community. It was that the community wasn’t collaborating on how to address this complex health crisis.

Thus began Plymouth County Outreach (PCO), an effort to break the silo mentality amongst different parts of the community and create a titanic shift in how departments coordinated to battle the opioid epidemic.

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Why It’s So Easy for People with Alcoholism to Live in Denial

by Shannon DeMille | Apr 10, 2019


This is part of CleanSlate's special "Spotlight on Alcoholism" discussion during Alcohol Awareness Month.

April is Alcohol Awareness Month, a time when we should acknowledge the third leading cause of preventable deaths in the U.S. (after tobacco and poor diet/ sedentary lifestyle.) The national focus may be on the opioid epidemic, but the epidemic of alcoholism is far greater and deadlier. Approximately 88,000 people from every walk of life die each year from alcohol-related causes.

Too often, people with Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD) stay mired in denial about the extent of their problem until the very end. Some of that denial may even be connected to the attention on the opioid epidemic.

“I have a house, I have a great job, I pay the bills,” they tell themselves. “Sure, I may overdo it with my wine, but I don’t have a problem. Those people on TV with the opioid addictions, the ones who are homeless and unemployed - they have problems. I’m fine.”

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