Give drugs to drug-addicted clients?!?!

March 11th, 2018

This week’s article focuses on a topic that is at the forefront of many minds in America: opioid addiction. I imagine most of us know or have come into contact with another who has struggled with this addiction (click HERE to learn more about opiate addiction) This week’s ARTICLE focuses on one of the more challenging aspects facing treatment providers and opiate addicts: medication-assisted treatment. I’ll let you read over the article. There are two sides to every story and this one is no exception. What are your thoughts regarding medication-assisted treatment for opiate addicts and why?

Criminalizing Poverty?

March 4th, 2018

I was taken aback when I realized the picture from this week’s ARTICLE was taken in the USA, not the third world. It is Joshua Tree, CA. A couple with their 3 children (ages 11-14) was arrested last week for a form of child abuse when police found they were living in this wooden box. The children weren’t physically abused and didn’t seem malnourished. Still, apparently, the conditions they were living in were criminal. That said, the authorities did admit that the family has been beset by extreme poverty. Neighbors living close by stated that the family was only guilty of being poor.

Not to worry, however, as the parents were being held in the county jail unable to make the $300,000 bond. The children were taken from the dwelling and placed in foster care. To me, this article is challenging. I personally wouldn’t want to live under these conditions; however, are they criminal? Maybe. Maybe not?