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Community leaders say new methadone clinic could bring concerns, benefits to the community

April 19th, 2018

Addict in recovery Kristen Martin was against methadone until 2015. When she used, her friends went to a methadone clinic every day, but it was a place where they got more drugs in the parking lot. Medication-assisted treatment was not being used in conjunction with group and individual therapy at the time.

“I didn’t hear about therapy or addressing some of the emotional and behavioral aspects of their addiction,” the 28-year-old said. “So at first, as in several years ago, I was against methadone. But then, I had this shift of perception.”

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Indiana Center for Recovery’s Jackie Daniels was given an opportunity at a new life

March 29th, 2018

Jackie Daniels sits back in her chair and places her hands in her lap, surrounded by recovery motivation posters and intervention fliers adorning the walls of her open, yet cluttered office. Although emails flood her inbox, she never loses her upbeat personality.

Daniels, the 39-year-old executive director of the Indiana Center for Recovery and lifelong believer in addiction recovery, doesn’t have time to lose heart. Whether she’s speaking to an addict at their most vulnerable or supporting their path to recovery, she is always busy. Yet for Daniels, this load is not new neither irksome.

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Street interviews prove challenging, but rewarding

March 27th, 2018

I was cringing from the moment I knew I had to interview strangers on the street for this assignment. Knowing my anti-social self, I felt awkward asking people for a favor. I have interviewed many noteworthy business CEO’s before, but asking Bloomington locals about the opioid epidemic, seemed more daunting.

I was anxious to stop four people and get the answers I needed. Surely, I thought, residents had a lot to say on this subject, as addiction is prevalent in the Bloomington community. Sadly, this ended up not being the case.

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Bloomington citizens declare the opioid crisis as a health emergency

March 1st, 2018

The opioid epidemic is a health emergency that needs to be looked at thoroughly, four Bloomington-area residents said during interviews on Kirkwood Avenue and Walnut Street on Feb. 10, 2018.

All said an effective treatment program would help Bloomington residents combat addiction.

“We have some good resources here,” 68–year-old Indianapolis native Carol McCracken said. “My daughter even worked for Amethyst House for many years.”

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On the Beat – Civic Life

February 15th, 2018

INDIANA HOSPITAL IMPLEMENTS HOLISTIC OPIOID SAFETY PROGRAM

Jan. 24, 2018

Miranda Fulmore, Indiana Public Media

Greene County General Hospital is creating a program to help prevent addiction in Indiana. It will help patients receive alternatives to painkillers and will educate their family members. Treatment options are intended to help control the opioid and addiction epidemic.

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Bio: Alexis Wilson

Alexis Wilson
The Media School at Indiana University is Alexis Wilson's runway. Tenacious curiosity, creativity, and steadfast optimism are her jet engines. Her passion for storytelling has led her to major in journalism and focus on news reporting and editing. When not writing, you can find Alexis reading a coming-of-age novel or serving at her local church. She looks forward to taking off in a few months, and beginning her maximum performance climb as a content strategist at a Fortune 500 company.