September 4, 2013
Along life's long and twisting road, Sheri Bell found a straight course that led to bliss. It manifested itself during the 24 years she spent as an addictions counselor at the former Reality Inc. on Main Street. And while the facility is gone, has been gone for two years now, replaced two years ago by Hope House Treatment Center, the memories she compiled appear to be woven into her DNA. It was a defining chapter, she offered, a job that she can't help but compare to every other job she's held or will hold.
August 14, 2013
It is mid-morning on a recent Friday in West Baltimore, and there is a long line snaking down the street and around the corner. Why? Vendors are dispensing free heroin samples. In other areas of the city, buyers are risking arrest and drug contamination to illegally purchase buprenorphine. It is legal medication when given with a prescription. It is used to treat opioid addiction and facilitate recovery. So why buy it illegally? Not to get high as a substitute for heroin. They are using it to treat their heroin addiction.
July 29, 2013
A report last week by the federal Food and Drug Administration that menthol-flavored cigarettes pose a greater risk to public health than ordinary cigarettes signals that the agency may finally be prepared to regulate their sale or perhaps ban them altogether. It's long been known that smoking in general is a significant public health risk. Having concluded that menthol cigarettes can add to that risk even further, the agency should move quickly to protect the public from these dangerous products.
June 21, 2013
I serve on the board of directors for United Ministries/Earl's Place and I am also an elementary school teacher. One activity that I do with my students, centered around number sense, is called "Big or Small?" Students are given a number and need to give examples of when that number is big and when it is small. For example, if students were given the number 100, they may say that it is big when it is 100 cupcakes but small when it is 100 grains of sand. At a recent board dinner, this activity came to mind as we were discussing the 17 residents at Earl's Place.
June 19, 2013
I have a rather busy life. I go to work during the day, school at night, and spend my weekends doing all of my household chores, visiting friends, and studying for the next week. However, I'm not a lean, mean reading machine; I rely on DVR to keep up to date with television shows that I can't see during the week. Before my engagement, my DVR held episodes of Meet the Press , Real Time with Bill Maher , and Hardball with Chris Matthews . Post engagement, I now record TLC's Four Weddings , a reality competition show where four brides compete to see who has the better wedding.
April 2, 2013
The day after her ex-husband's funeral in January, Sabrina Lumpkin started calling every public official she could think of, trying to get someone to pay attention. Warren Lumpkin, 34, had died in a Southwest Baltimore house of heart complications related to using methadone, the prescription drug typically used to treat heroin addiction, according to an autopsy from the state medical examiner. But Sabrina Lumpkin said he had no such prescription - he took his roommate's methadone the night before he died.