Friday, March 09, 2007


At a meeting of the Lake County Chiefs of Police Association Committee on Underage Drinking meeting yesterday one of the members brought up an HBO series that would begin airing soon.

The series (13 episodes long) is called Addiction. It will begin with its 1st episode next week on the 15th. Interestingly they scheduled it during a time that non-subscribers can watch as well. HBO has also put up a website to supplement the show that seems to contain (I just took a quick look around) a fair amount of good information. It has sections titled: “Understanding Addiction, Adolescent Addiction, Treatment, Aftercare, Stigma and Discrimination”, as well as more show specific information.

The basic premise of the show is:
Over 23.2 million Americans struggle with addiction, yet fewer than 10 percent are getting treatment.

And they are attempting to improve that with the show and website.
The Addiction Project is produced by HBO in partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA).

I wish them success in their endeavor; their success will translate into lives saved. The number of overdose deaths here in Lake County continues an upward trend that has been present for years; we can use all the help we can get.

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