Wednesday, January 28, 2015

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Family Turns Tragic Loss Into Help for Others
The following article "Education initiative aims to shed the stigma of addiction, save lives" was published in The Intelligencer detailing the motivation behind The Family Education Program's launch at The Deep Run Presbyterian Church in Perkasie, PA.

By Marion Callihan STAFF WRITER
ne Perkasie family is determined to save lives.

Jane and Stephen Straw lost their 19-year-old daughter, Anna, to a heroin overdose Nov. 9, 2012, but refused to give in to the stigma that shames so many families into silence when a loved one loses the battle with drugs.
In crafting their daughter's obituary, they were candid about her death.
Now they are allowing their church, The Presbyterian Church of Deep Run, to use their daughter's name for a free community education program aimed at shedding the stigma of drug addiction and battling heroin use, a crisis that keeps growing in Bucks and Montgomery counties.

The Anna Straw Initiative, led by parishioner Jim Kosa, is working with The Council of Southeastern Pennsylvania to address the growing problem of addiction to drugs and alcohol in Upper Bucks County. The initiative, which begins Feb. 2, is an extension of the council's Family Education Program, which is offered in other Bucks locations and surrounding counties, too.
"We want to tap into resources that are already in the community and make them more available to people," said Kosa.
Kosa said the Anna Straw Initiative will be an ongoing education program aimed at making people who are experiencing addiction feel less alone about stepping forward and reaching for help, family support and information that could save lives. The four two-hour sessions will include an orientation to addiction and how to deal with it.
The Doylestown-based Council of Southeastern Pennsylvania is offering its expertise and support for the sessions, which will be held at the Bedminster church. The council's education program has been offered across the region for the past 15 years. The training at the church will incorporate the most updated information about the drug crisis, its impact on families, rehabilitation and life-saving drugs, such as Naloxone, which is available in the state and counters the effects of opiods.
Overdose Prevention, Education and Naloxone Response Training

An overdose can leave family and friends feeling hopeless and helpless. But families and community members now have a tool to save lives with the recently enacted Good Samaritan Law. If you want to learn what to do in case of an overdose and how to administer the life-saving overdose-reversal agent called Naloxone, please join us for this important community training.Email or call David Fialko at 215-230-8218 x3162 for questions or to register.    

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015 
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