Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Cancer

Most people associate Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) with soldiers returning from war who struggle with adjustment to civilian life back home. While that is the population that led to the creation of this diagnosis, it has expanded to include survivors of other traumas, including natural disasters and cancer. Most people who go through a cancer journey, in themselves or someone they love, are able to adjust to life after cancer without experiencing PTSD. But they may feel similar symptoms and emotional issues that can impair their ability to fully enjoy life. The Gathering Place (TGP) exists so that anyone, with any type of cancer experience can find relief and comfort through a range of programs and services, all at no charge.

In November, Joel Marcus, PsyD, Taussig Cancer Center and Isabel Schuermeyer, MD, Department of Psychiatry and Psychology, both at the Cleveland Clinic, will be speaking at TGP on PTSD. Dr. Marcus and Dr. Schuermeyer work with patients who are trying to cope with the impact of a cancer diagnosis. Dr. Schuermeyer states, “One of the most important things to do is acknowledge your fears and anxiety. There is no need to hide or ‘protect’ your loved ones when help is out there.” Like hospitals all over the country, the Cleveland Clinic is working to reduce the stigma of asking for help by housing psychologists and psychiatrists in the cancer center. Dr. Schuermeyer noted that fear might cause a patient to delay seeking help for signs and symptoms that could possibly indicate the cancer has returned. She indicated that many of the chemotherapies being used today can cross the blood-brain barrier and cause changes to our biochemistry. People who have always been able to cope in the past, may find themselves feeling depressed or worried after cancer and not know that the treatment itself may be causing some of their struggles.

Another local expert on PTSD, Belleruth Naparstek, is also coming to speak at TGP this quarter. Her topic is Guided Imagery: Latest Updates and Techniques, but she has published a book and a CD to help those suffering from PTSD. In her book, she tells the story of a woman who received a “surprise blessing” through surviving a trauma like cancer. The woman “was no longer worried about the everyday concerns and irritations that used to occupy her mind. She was instead flooded by the joy of being alive.”

There are many activities that can help reduce the normal fears and expected anxieties of cancer treatment and its long term side effects. Whether it is yoga or tai chi, massage or reiki, art therapy or support groups, choosing to take care of yourself is important in a world where we feel we have so little control.

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New Grief Recovery Book, “What I Wish I’d Known,” Helps Readers Overcome Their Grief

Screen Shot 2017-10-15 at 8.01.11 PMWhat I Wish I’d Known: Finding Your Way Through the Tunnel of Grief by Kristi Hugstad, helps people who are experiencing grief to find joy and peace. It was written primarily to help adults who have experienced a tragic event, such as the loss of a loved one, to properly deal with their grief and find a way to move forward in their lives.

In What I Wish I’d Known, Hugstad shares her own personal experiences with grief and explains how she overcame those difficult times in her life. After her husband’s sudden suicide, Kristi Hugstad had to not only deal with her grief in a healthy way, but also find a way to move on and live a happy life once again. She knows firsthand the emotional turmoil that a tragic life event can bring, and desires to help others who are currently experiencing the same thing that she has.

In What I Wish I’d Known, Hugstad also discusses the healthy solutions she has found for dealing with tragic situations. She hopes to inspire others to change their negative way of thinking and experience a permanent restoration of peace. What I Wish I’d Known encourages readers who are going through tragic or life-changing events that this is not the end for them- there is a way out of the “tunnel of grief” and hope for them on the other side.

If you would like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with Kristi Hugstad, please call Nickcole Watkins at 516.900.5674.

About the Author:
After her own husband’s suicide, Kristi Hugstad gained a strong desire to help people who are suffering with grief. This led her to become a certified Grief Recovery Specialist, and her work has helped countless people through the most difficult times in their lives. Through her work, she hopes to help people who have experienced tragic events to gain a new perspective and renew their lives.
Hugstad is now a speaker and author that shares her personal experience and professional expertise in grief recovery in many ways. Aside from writing books, she also writes blogs for the Huffington Post, and is the host of a radio show and podcast called The Grief Girl. She now lives in Dana Point, California.
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Harmful tests on our closest relatives must end

Screen Shot 2017-09-01 at 9.11.58 AMFor International Primate Day on September 1st 2017, Animal Defenders International is calling for action to end the use of primates in research. Worldwide an estimated 200,000 primates are experimented on each year, with over 70,000 animals used in research across the US, one of the world’s largest users of primates.Animal Defenders International President Jan Creamer said: “The continued use of primates in research is unethical and unnecessary. Harmful to both our closest relatives and to science, governments must end primate tests and facilitate the adoption of modern alternatives without delay.”
Some primates are forcibly removed from the wild and used as breeding machines to supply the industry, or used themselves in tests. In addition to the trauma caused to individuals during the capture process, subsequent confinement, and during procedures until their deaths, this brutal practice harms local populations threatening their survival.
In Latin America, ADI has exposed the capture of owl monkeys for use in malaria experiments in Colombia. Taken from the trees, these nocturnal primates go from the forest to a barren cage. Our evidence led to a tribunal revoking the experimenter’s permits; although this groundbreaking decision has been overturned. Elsewhere, in Africa and Asia, ADI has revealed dire conditions inside the monkey breeders, who take primates from the wild to maintain their breeding stocks. At the monkey farms, individuals are confined to cages and routinely manhandled. In Florida, already home to a number of monkey breeders, ADI is opposing plans for a facility which seeks to import thousands of primates from outside the US.
Primates are frequently used in brain experiments because of their apparent similarity to humans. However, despite being our closest relatives, non-human primates differ from us in a number of ways, including the immune system. Their use in research therefore can never reliably predict potential human effects. Aspirin for example causes birth defects in monkeys, but is widely used by pregnant women without the same effect.
Such species differences are the fundamental flaw of using animals in research. Each species respondsdifferently to substances, with an animal’s age, diet, sex, even bedding material, also affecting results. As a result animal tests can delay scientific progress and lead to human tragedy.
Just days after being given trial drug BIA 10-2474, the six male volunteers in the highest dose group were hospitalized. Four volunteers displayed neurological symptoms, with at least one losing all his fingers and toes; one of the six volunteers died a week after receiving the dose.  No comparable effect had been seen in monkeys or other animals given high doses of the drug over long periods. Some monkeys were estimated to have received around 75 times the dose given to the volunteers.In another drug trial tragedy, TGN1412 was given to volunteers who then suffered multiple organ failure as the drug triggered an uncontrollable immune response. One volunteer was hospitalized for three months, another had their fingers and toes amputated, and all are likely to suffer permanent damage to their immune systems and live with the danger of developing cancer and lupus.  The drug had been tested extensively in laboratory animals including in doses 500 times greater in monkeys with no drug-related adverse events.Investment in animal research, predominantly with primates, has been wasteful and unsuccessful. A review has shown that not one of the 85+ candidate AIDS vaccines successfully tested in primates have been effective in human patients.ADI has documented the suffering of primates for product safety tests at the notorious contract testing facility Huntingdon Life Science (now known as Envigo). Monkeys were strapped down to restrain them while substances were pumped directly into their stomachs, and they suffered a range of debilitating symptoms.

Researchers claim that the use of primates in brain research is ‘necessary’ but sophisticated neuroimaging techniques are available to study human behavior and brain function. Comparing data from human electrical brain activity with data obtained by experimenters using electrodes in restrained monkeys, Professor Furlong and his team at Aston University in the UK have shown the same level of data can be obtained, directly relevant to human patients.

International Primate Day was established by Animal Defenders International in 2005 to highlight the threats to and abuses of our closest relatives in the animal kingdom – apes and monkeys – from their use in research and entertainment, for meat and the pet trade.

Around 20,000 primates are imported into the US every year, from countries such as China, Vietnam and Mauritius. ADI USA revealed the hidden suffering of primates bred for research on the tropical Indian Ocean island of Mauritius. Biodia, one of the biggest suppliers of laboratory monkeys in the world, sends thousands to miserable deaths in the USA and worldwide. At this facility we filmed baby monkeys torn from their screaming mothers to be tattooed, pregnant monkeys manhandled and pinned down in terrifying routine procedures and screaming monkeys being swung by their tails. http://www.ad-international.org/animal_experiments/go.php?id=3503

Over 2,000 primates were imported into the UK from Asia and Africa last year. ADI infiltrated Nafovanny in Vietnam filming the macaque monkeys in small, filthy, broken cages – images the huge dealer of monkeys to the USA and UK denied were on their premises – until we proved otherwise. They once roamed free only to be torn from the trees and forced to live for years in these dismal prisons. http://www.ad-international.org/publications/go.php?id=1577 Monkeys filmed Huntingdon Life Sciences were supplied by Nafovanny. http://www.ad-international.org/publications/go.php?id=1576

Non-animal methods

  • There are many alternatives to the use of animals which are more reliable and are based on better science such as, human cell, tissue and organ culture, including 3D models containing different tissues providing a better representation of the actual situation in a living human; databases of known information, and sophisticated analytical techniques.
  • Advanced non-animal methods include the lung-on-a-chip, which mimics the movements of the breathing lung, providing provide low-cost alternatives for drug screening and toxicology tests
  • Accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS) is an analytical tool of unprecedented sensitivity. It can be used to study samples from human volunteers given ultra-low, harmless, doses of new drugs (called micro-dosing). Obtaining early data from humans can avoid the unnecessary exposure of volunteers in clinical trials to potentially toxic drugs.  Safe, relevant to the correct species. Emerging technologies like AMS have many advantages, including speeding the development process and improving safety.
  • Other cutting edge methods available to develop and test drugs include computer simulations and modelling, high throughput screening for rapid analysis of compounds for drug discovery, epidemiological studies of human disease, transmission, genetics and environmental factors; fMRI and other imaging techniques.

Species differences

The fundamental flaw of using animals for safety testing, and other forms of research, is species differences. With each species responding differently to substances, primate and other animal tests can never reliably predict potential human effects.
  • Macaque monkeys are frequently used in toxicology testing, but they have specific genes which are vital for drug metabolism (when a drug works through the body). These genes are not found in humans and this is just one of the reasons for differences in drug metabolism between monkeys and humans.
  • The action of drugs also varies; for example Aspirin causes birth defects in monkeys, but is widely used by pregnant women without the same effect.
  • A review showed that none of the 85+ candidate AIDS vaccines successfully tested in primates have been effective in human patients Horses, rats and mice cannot vomit.
  • Morphine drugs are a depressant in rats, dogs, hamsters and other species, but produce tremors and convulsions at comparable doses in mice and cats.
  • The breast cancer drug tamoxifen was designed as an oral contraceptive. It is in rats, but in women it has the opposite effect. It is now used in the treatment of breast cancer, despite causing cancer in rats in some studies.
Animal Defenders International (ADI):  Los Angeles – London – Bogota
Ending the suffering of animals in captivity and protecting wild animals and their environments.Active worldwide to end the suffering of animals: animals in entertainment – film, television, advertising, circuses and sport or leisure; animals used for food or fur; protection of wildlife and the environment; trade in animals; zoos, pets, entertainment and laboratories. Funding and promotion of advanced scientific methods to replace the use of animals in research. ADI investigates, produces evidence and reports on the scientific, legal and economic issues for each case study, recommending solutions. Education and awareness to public, media and officials. Where ADI’s evidence has been a catalyst for change, we collaborate with governments to conduct large-scale seizures of wild animals in captivity and relocate them to forever homes – back to their natural habitat wherever possible.
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A look into the March of Dimes Prematurity Research Center Labs: Washington University/St. Louis

Circadian rhythms have a profound effect on metabolism, the immune system – and in the latest reserach from Drs. Herzog and Jungheim, maybe even preterm birth.

Screen Shot 2017-06-02 at 11.49.03 AMWe’ve long known that our circadian rhythms have profound effects on how — and especially when — we go about our daily lives. These cycles are influenced by the various intervals of light and darkness we experience over a 24-hour period, but also can be triggered by biological factors, our genetics and even our environment. The range of circadian impacts runs from relatively unnoticed, like our moods and ability to cope with stressors, to the most obvious, like when we are hungry or sleepy.

Circadian rhythms also have a profound effect on the onset of labor, with approximately 80% of women going into spontaneous labor between late night and early morning. And some studies have even shown that altering a pregnant woman’s circadian rhythms can disrupt the fetus’ growth and development. But could these rhythms also be a key factor in preterm birth? That’s exactly what a team of researchers at the March of Dimes Prematurity Research Center at Washington University in St. Louis are working on.

“The hypothesis we’re testing is that circadian rhythms in the mother, the fetus, or both, regulate birth timing, and when disrupted, may lead to preterm birth,” Dr. Herzog explained. “This chronodisruption, as it’s called, can be brought on by a number of factors, including shift work, exposure to artificial light, even irregular meals and sleep times. Our goal is to see how these disruptions influence preterm birth.”

The study has two parts. The first is to determine whether genetic or environmental disruptions of circadian rhythms lead to increased preterm birth risk in mice. The second part of the study is a pilot that will monitor and test 100 women pre- and post-conception to determine when disruption of the circadian rhythms of women with certain chronotypes, (e.g., larks vs. owls) increases their risk for preterm birth. The study will then be extended to 1000 women.

Also working on Theme Three at Washington University at St. Louis are Dr. Justin Fay, Ph.D., an associate professor of genetics, and Dr. Sarah K. England, a professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Dr. Jeff Gill, a professor of Political Science.

“By correlating the data we receive with genetic variations, we’ll also be able to trace any outcomes back to a woman’s specific biology,” said Dr. Fay, “to determine what role genetics plays in affecting circadian rhythm.”

Another leader working on this theme is Dr. Emily Jungheim. She sees the potential for the results of this research to positively affect the women in her practice.

“When I talk to young reproductive age women who are trying to have a child, the things that really speak to them are those they can do themselves to improve their outcomes,” she said. “They’re so motivated to do whatever they can to ensure they’re going to have a healthy start for their baby.”

And modifying those outcomes could be as simple as having a regularly scheduled bedtime.

For more information on prematurity research breakthroughs, we invite you to sign up for the Campaign to End Premature Birth newsletter.

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Earth Day: Near-Zero Emission Clean Diesel Technology an Environmental & Economic Achievement

Earth and North America from SpaceIn honor of this past weeks National Earth Day…

Washington, D.C. – The following is an Earth Day statement from Allen Schaeffer, the Executive Director of the Diesel Technology Forum, a Washington-based nonprofit association.

 This year, people in more than 190 countries will commemorate Earth Day and the world’s environmental accomplishments and agenda for the future.

In looking back at significant accomplishments in the past few decades, it’s important to recognize one of the major environmental achievements that has contributed to a cleaner environment while powering the global economy – clean diesel technology.

The transformation to near-zero clean diesel technology is a result of our commitment to protect and enhance our environment, conserve our resources, and improve our quality of life.  Today, this is a daily reality for the leaders in clean diesel technology – the companies that provide the world with the most advanced and powerful engines, equipment, machines and vehicles, and fuels.  Clean diesel technology has significantly reduced emissions, increased efficiency and improved the everyday lives of people throughout the world.

From tending farms that help feed the world, building roads and clean water infrastructure that connect communities, powering a commercial truck for taking goods to market, or moving a fuel efficient personal car, diesel technology is enabling progress and prosperity in the cleanest possible manner.

 Diesel’s Near Zero Emissions Levels Help Achieve Sustainability

Thanks to the innovation and billions of dollars of research and development, engine, vehicle and equipment manufacturers today produce new diesel engines and equipment to meet all the needs of tomorrow’s sustainable world.  This includes a wide range of engine sizes with emissions at near zero levels, improved fuel efficiency, and a capability to utilize a wide range of renewable biodiesel fuels from an array of feed stocks.

Here are the results of this successful effort: 

    • A 98 percent reduction in nitrogen oxides (NOx) and particulate matter (PM) emissions from new commercial diesel trucks and buses.
    • A 97 percent reduction in sulfur in new diesel fuel.
    • A 90 percent reduction in PM and 50 percent cut in NOx emissions from new farm and construction equipment.
    • A 30 percent higher fuel efficiency than gasoline cars and pickups.

So why is this important? Diesel is the predominant power source in key sectors of the global economy including the technology of choice for over 90 percent of all global trade – for road-building, industrial development farming, moving goods to market and providing essential public services.   Today’s diesel technology does more with less, more work with fewer emissions, using less fuel. 

Additionally, most diesel engines today can run on high-quality blends of biodiesel with little modification as well as next-generation, drop-in renewable diesel fuels which offer even further benefits.  According to the U.S. EPA, biodiesel is classified as an “Advanced Biofuel” capable of reducing greenhouse gas emission by at least 50 percent.  Renewable diesel fuel is derived from the same feedstocks as biodiesel.

The world’s economy depends on diesel power today, and diesel engines have transformed to meet the needs of the global economy, environment and climate for a sustainable future for all tomorrow.

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The Diesel Technology Forum is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of diesel engines, fuel and technology. Forum members are leaders in clean diesel technology and represent the three key elements of the modern clean-diesel system: advanced engines, vehicles and equipment, cleaner diesel fuel and emissions-control systems. For more information visit www.dieselforum.org.

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Local Florists Across the United States Celebrate Women’s Day March 8th and Raise Awareness for Non-Profit Organizations

Screen Shot 2017-03-06 at 2.05.56 PMCAPITOLA, Calif., March 3, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — For the 3rd year in a row, local florists across the United States in conjunction with CalFlowers (California Association of Flower Growers and Shippers) and ASOCOLFLORES (The Association of Colombian Flower Exporters) have joined together in support of a national campaign called Love, Honor, Respect, in celebration of Women’s Day, March 8th. The date March 8th is a time to recognize and celebrate the influence and achievements of women throughout history and today. From business to politics, athletics to philanthropy, to celebrity, and even the mom next door. More than 100 nations recognize Women’s Day and 35 have declared it a national holiday with thousands of events held by civic organizations, governments, charities, educational institutions, women’s groups, corporations and the media. “The mission of Women’s Day Holiday campaign is to provide a platform for the community to show respect, appreciation and love for all the amazing women that make a difference in our lives on a daily basis,” said Michael LoBue, CEO of CalFlowers.

The promotion includes the launch of a national website www.womensdayholiday.com as well as a social media campaign on Facebook www.facebook.com/womensdayholiday. The campaign encourages the community to nominate the special women in their life to receive free flowers by sharing stories of love, honor and respect. “Every woman deserves Love, Honor and Respect. Whether mother or daughter, young or old, amazing women deserve to be honored on Women’s Day March 8th. “In addition to recognizing and celebrating the achievements of women, our goal is to raise awareness for the non-profit organization Where Hope Lives,” said Cheryl Denham, CEO of Arizona Family Florist, located in Phoenix Arizona. The purpose of Where Hope Lives is to rescue trafficking victims, offering them love, hope and a way off the streets. Established in 2009, the hope livesnon-profit Where Hope Lives formerly The Rescue Project, is a national leader in the rescue, recovery and prevention of human trafficking and relies on donations and support from both the public and private sector. In addition to helping raise awareness, the floral community donates flowers year round that are used in their heroic outreach efforts. To learn more or donate directly to Where Hope Live go to www.wherehopelives.org

About CalFlowers
The California Association of Flower Growers & Shippers (CalFlowers, formerly known as NORCAL) was founded in 1941 by a small group of flower shipping companies to foster the success of the California floral industry within the United States.  Today CalFlowers is the leading floral trade association in California, serving growers and the entire supply chain in 45 states across the nation. For more information about CalFlowers, please visit www.cafgs.org

About ASOCOLFLORES
ASOCOLFLORES was established in 1973 as a non-profit trade organization, to represent and promote the Colombian flower industry in international markets and seek comprehensive development of floriculture, mainly in areas of market access, research, transport, Florverde (socio-environmental label certification) and social responsibility programs to improve the quality of life of workers and their families. ASOCOLFLORES membership represents growers who handle about 80% of total Colombian flower exports. For more information about ASOCOLFLORES, please visit www.asocolflores.org.

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Run For All Women Surpasses $100k Donation For Planned Parenthood on 240-Mile Run to Washington DC’s Women’s March

NEW YORK, Jan. 23, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Run For All Women, a running initiative created to support women and provide a hedge against political efforts to defund Planned Parenthood, has successfully raised over $101,525 in just 20 days – more than double their original goal, as of Jan. 23, 2017. Alison Mariella Désir was one of 4 women that led the 240-mile relay from Harlem, New York to Washington, DC from January 18th – 21st. Hundreds of runners and supporters along the way donated supplies, food, time and encouragement to the Run For All Women team.

The original fundraising amount – $44,000 – was chosen to honor the 44th President, Barack Obama. The Run For All Women team has quickly received immense support and solidarity (from all over the world), which has allowed them to spread the word so quickly.
“Looking to defund Planned Parenthood is a huge threat to women. I wanted to send a message through this run that we are here; that we are going to continue to make our voices heard, and that there’s power in just a small idea,” explains Désir in an interview with MSNBC’s AM JOY.

Stations were set up every 4 miles along the 240-mile relay to allow other runners to join the journey, cheer and show support. The run passed through New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland, ending at Women’s March in DC 2 hours ahead of schedule.

Jami Gobao, one of the event runners, Baltimore mobilizers and supporters who ran the 40-mile journey from Baltimore to Washington DC, described the event as “a surreal, empowering experience that puts in perspective the power of change. This event was a reminder not to be complacent, and that each person, each woman, has the ability to be the change.

Désir hopes to use this newly created platform to continue to engage, build relationships, and provide support for the next four years during Trump’s presidency and beyond.
The Run For All Women GoFundMe page, which will be accepting donations for Planned Parenthood through February 1st, can be viewed here: https://www.gofundme.com/4Women4AllWomen

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#4WomenRunForAllWomen #Run4AllWomen
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We Believe In The Difference A Clean House Can Make!

By Jesica Wilfong, Owner of Petal Sweet Cleaning

Maintaining a clean home has many benefits that may improve anyone’s health from reducing allergies and mold to improving mental health and reducing stress. There are millions of women who suffer from cancer every year. That is why we believe in assisting cancer patients by proving a house cleaning while they are going through treatment.
Many of them do not have the strength to even life a mop, let alone clean their entire house. A clean environment has been shown to positively affect a cancer patient’s recovery.

We are so excited to partner with Cleaning For A Reason. Cleaning For A Reason inspires me every time I see how this wonderful cause continues to grow and impacts the lives of those who are cleaning and those who receive the gift of cleaning. My aunt is a cancer survivor and I feel so blessed to be able to say that and want to do everything I can to support those in treatment or recovery “until there’s a cure.”

ABOUT CLEANING FOR A REASON

PetalSweet Cleaning partners with Cleaning For A Reason, a national nonprofit organization. Their mission is to give the gift of free house cleaning for women undergoing
treatment for any type of cancer. The goal is to let these brave and strong women focus on their health and treatment while we focus on, and take away the worry and work of, cleaning their homes– free of charge. They have recruited over 1,200 maid services to donate free housecleaning to women who are undergoing treatment for cancer. Since 2006, their partner maid services have volunteered their time to clean for over 22,600 women – valued at over $6,000,000. Learn more at www.cleaningforareason.org

warriors-in-pinkWe are also so proud to partner with Ford Motor Warriors In Pink to provide FREE housecleaning to women with breast cancer through the Cleaning For A Reason foundation. Any women with breast cancer will receive ONE FREE house cleaning from PetalSweet Cleaning. Since 2006, the goal of Cleaning For A Reason has been to reduce the stress and ease the burden a woman faces once a cancer diagnosis is received. A patient can then focus on her health and family and not on her home. Please apply for yourself or a friend at www.petalsweetcleaning.com/ford-warriors-pink/

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LEADING CANTON-BASED INTERNTONAL TRADE GROUP SAYS ‘ENOUGH IS ENOUGH’, SUPPORTS EFFORTS TO CURB HEROIN EPIDEMIC IN OHIO

IAITAM Launches Local Initiative to Support Local K-9 Officers in the Fight Against Heroin, Calls for Additional Funding and Community Support.

Drug overdoses took the lives of a record 3,050 Ohioans last year; more than one-third of those deaths are attributed the use of fentanyl, a potent yet often-toxic opiate often mixed with heroin. Statistics indicate that across Ohio in 2015, someone died from a drug overdose nearly every two hours and 52 minutes. The Canton, OH based International Association of Information Technology Asset Managers (IAITAM) says “enough is enough”.

Once drugs enter a geographic area, usage tends to grow rapidly. That growth paves the way for even more dangerous drugs to devastate lives.  One such drug was recently discovered in Stark County; that drug is Carfentanile, an extremely potent elephant tranquilizer that is deadly to humans. This drug is 10,000 times more powerful than morphine and 100 times more powerful than fentanyl, the very same drug that has caused so many fatal overdoses in Stark County and throughout Ohio for the last several years.

As a result, IAITAM is stepping up it’s efforts to fight the epidemic on a local scale. Recently, IAITAM presented a check to Lake Township Officer Donald Worthy for the purchase of a K-9 Officer’s life-saving bullet-proof vest. IAITAM’s efforts will ensure Worthy’s canine – “K-9 Officer Bill” — has the proper safety equipment to lessen the possibility of injury or death in the line of duty during his fight against the deadly epidemic.

IAITAM CEO Dr. Barbara Rembiesa said: “I have always been so impressed with how this community has always pulled together whether it is to support a fallen officer’s family, a community member in need, or to support our local schools. Being able to support Officer Worthy and K-9 Officer Bill’s development and training to assist in the fight on drugs in our community is such an honor for IAITAM.”

For more information about IAITAM’s efforts, go to http://iaitam.org/iaitam-news-release-iaitam-gives-back-lake-twp-ohio/.

To donate, please contact the Hartville, OH police department and ask for Officer Donald Worthy at (330) 877-2500 or contact on Facebook at K-9 for Hartville Police.

Source: MEDIA CONTACT:  Alex Frank, (703) 276-3264 or afrank@hastingsgroup.com.