Welcome to our Resource Page! Here you will find resources for a variety of topics supported by APM. This page will be constantly updated. If you have suggestions, please feel free to contact us.
Addiction and Recovery
The U.S. opioid epidemic is continuing, and drug overdose deaths nearly tripled during 1999-2014. Among 47,055 drug overdose deaths that occurred in 2014 in the United States, 28,647 (60.9%) involved an opioid (1). Illicit opioids are contributing to the increase in opioid overdose deaths (2,3). In an effort to target prevention strategies to address the rapidly changing epidemic, CDC examined overall drug overdose death rates during 2010-2015 and opioid overdose death rates during 2014-2015 by subcategories (natural/semisynthetic opioids, methadone, heroin, and synthetic opioids other than methadone).* Rates were stratified by demographics, region, and by 28 states with high quality reporting on death certificates of specific drugs involved in overdose deaths. During 2015, drug overdoses accounted for 52,404 U.S. deaths, including 33,091 (63.1%) that involved an opioid. Rates of deaths involving other opioids, specifically heroin and synthetic opioids other than methadone (likely driven primarily by illicitly manufactured fentanyl) (2,3), increased sharply overall and across many states.
As with many things in our society, there is an unhealthy stigma attached to addiction. There are harmful stereotypes attached to those who suffer from addiction, which cause people not to seek the treatment that they need: all addicts are liars, they are unemployable, or they never work, all addicts are violent, etc. This kind of prevailing attitude and generalizations causes a lot of people to avoid disclosing to others or even going to rehab because their absence would be noted and they would be “outed.” The term “addict” carries so much baggage. People often think that addicts are lazy, irresponsible, lack willpower, and have many other character defects. Even healthcare providers—the very people charged with helping patients with illnesses like addiction—can have these impressions. The thought is that addicts are choosing to do this to themselves, when in reality the addict has lost the ability to choose. This is the stigma. It influences people to judge and to look down on addicts. But addiction stigma isn’t fair or accurate. Addicts are people like everyone else, they just happen to have an illness.
We have to break that stigma. Addicts are not some nasty junkies hiding under bridges. They are mothers, fathers, sons and daughters, soccer coaches, teachers, nurses and CEOs...My name is Donna Donovan, and I am a person in long-term recovery. I am an addict.
These are but a few resources to look at. If you are in active addiction now, please reach out to us..we will help. If you are in recovery, continue whatever process it is that got you there and reach out if you feel the need to use.
https://www.help4wv.com/ HELP4WV offers a 24/7 call, chat, and text line that provides immediate help for any West Virginian struggling with an addiction or mental health issue.
Recall Report was created to alert the public to the latest information on dangerous drugs and products. With hundreds of suspected or confirmed dangerous drugs and products on the market, the up-to-date information we provide on recalls, alerts, and side effects is vital to keeping your family safe.
Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS)
Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) is a medical condition characterized by a heightened sensitivity to chemicals. People who have MCS become ill when exposed to a variety of chemicals, many of which are commonly encountered in everyday life. Some people have only mild chemical sensitivities, while others have a more severe form of the illness called MCS. Substances that frequently cause symptoms in chemically sensitive people include pesticides, perfume/cologne and other scented products, fresh paint, new carpets, many building materials, solvents, fresh ink, smoke, vehicle exhaust, industrial fumes, and many cleaning products. Other scented products include air “fresheners,” fragrance-emitting devices, fabric softener, potpourri, incense, essential oils, and most soaps, shampoos, hair products, skin lotions, and laundry detergents. Symptoms can occur after inhaling, touching, or ingesting these or other substances. Reactions to scented products can occur even in people who cannot smell them. Because people with MCS react to chemicals at levels that ordinarily do not affect others, chemical sensitivity is similar to an allergy, but the symptoms and mechanism are not the same as those of traditional allergies to pollen, animals, and dust.
A dear friend of Appalachian Pagan Ministry suffers greatly from MCS. She has created a site, Safe Canary Nest, which is a resource gold mine for those suffering from MCS, as well as information for those who can learn ways to reduce the effects of harmful chemicals in our society. Please view her site https://safecanarynest.org