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Substance Use Disorder Policy Reform

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I just had one of the hardest conversations I've had in recovery with the mother of a young man who lost the battle with substance abuse this morning. God bless you ma'am. I had just spent the evening with him and he was fighting. A 20 year old, Ole Miss student lost his life, and we as a community lost again, due to our inability to confront a disease that claims the lives of more young people than any other single factor.  What is it going to take to realize that the stigma and criminalization associated with substance use disorder is killing people and destroying families? Please consider joining me in addressing this issue in our community, state, and nation. Have no mistake about it, we are in the middle of a war, but we are not addressing it effectively. We must provide the resources, education, and tools to proactively combat this epidemic. We're going to start with the defelonization of simple possession, and instead of jail time, mandated treatment by PROPERLY run treatment facilities, of which there is essentially nothing in Mississippi provided by the state for offenders. Then, access to community resources for recovery upon release.



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