We now have naloxone (brand name - Narcan) to give to anyone who requests it. Naloxone is an overdose reversal drug that is to be administered to someone who is unresponsive, and suspected of overdosing on opioids. The current state of recreational street drugs is such that IT CANNOT BE GUARANTEED that anything does not contain FENTANYL - a very potent opioid that is being mixed with not only heroin, but also with cocaine and methamphetamine. There are reports of fentanyl being pressed into fake Xanax bars, as well. See the article "5 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT FENTANYL RIGHT NOW." We believe that ANYONE who is using recreational drugs, or has friends or family that use, or are in danger of using (most teenagers will try some illicit substance at least once) should keep naloxone and know how to administer it. Please feel free to contact us and we will be happy to give you naloxone, and teach you how to administer it. We have intramuscular injection type AND the easier to administer nasal Narcan. Contact Susan at or Adam at , or call 828-242-7524. No questions asked always discreet.
International Overdose Awareness Day
August 31, 2019
On Saturday, August 31 there will be an event in Carrier Park in Asheville to honor those we have lost to overdose. The event will include a memorial wall, a community meal, speakers, music and memorial crafts, and will culminate in a candlelight vigil honoring our lost loved ones. We Live On is joining several non profit groups in helping to plan this event, which is spearheaded by Seek Healing. We will also have a table, along with several other orgnizations, with resources and gift. If you are interested in volunteering or have any suggestions, call Susan at 828-242-7524.
Walk Out of the Darkness Walk
October 6, 2019
This is an annual walk sponsored by the AFSP (American Foundation for Suicide Prevention) that will be held in Carrier Park in Asheville on October 6, 2019. The walk is held to bring attention to the greater community of the too common tragedy of suicide, and to help to break the stigma associated with this subject. We have to get information out into the public if we are going to be able to address the issue, and halt the increase of suicides that we are seeing occur in the last decade. Walking is free, but the hope is to collect donations that go toward AFSP programs for education, research, and advocacy. There are educational presentations that are offered that are FREE to civic groups, churches, schools, and workplaces - JUST ASK! We Live On supports the AFSP, and we have worked as volunteer advocates this year. We are also helping with planning this event. We would LOVE for anyone to join us, and walk on OUR TEAM - if interested call Susan at 828-242-7524. For more information on the Walk you can visit: Asheville Out of the Darkness Walk.
NAMI Mental Health
Wellness Walk - June 15, 2019
We Live On participated in the annual NAMI Western Carolina (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Wellness Walk on June 15. We were able to meet with many interesting people, and talk about the various resources positive for mental health. The Walk raised money for local programs for families and individuals touched by mental illness.
Suicide Intervention Training
May 18, 2019
We Live On, Inc and Red Oak Recovery co-sponsored a suicide intervention training workshop on Saturday, May 18 at the Skyland-South Buncombe Library Community Room. Bob Cummings, taught us a method of peer suicide prevention known as "QPR", which stands for "Question", "Persuade", "Refer". We certainly enjoyed Bob's insights and I think all the participants learned some valuable techniques. For more information of QPR click on this link: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-recovery-coach/201802/how-using-qpr-can-prevent-suicides
Bob Cummings is the Recruitment and Training Manager at Red Oak Recovery in Asheville. Bob has worked in the substance abuse treatment and substance abuse prevention field for over 30 years and is a Certified Substance Abuse Prevention Consultant and a Wilderness EMT,
Promoting NC Good Samaritan Law
On February 6, 2019 Susan had the opportunity to join 3 AWESOME mothers who had lost their children tragically in situations that involved drug use or alcohol. Just like in the case of our son, Tom, these family losses could have been prevented had someone called 911. Many people (especially teenagers) are unaware that in NC the law protects the victim and caller against prosecution for possession of drugs and paraphernalia. The law was enacted to save the lives of people who are experiencing overdose and need to have emergency life-saving care. Tessie Castillo and Virgil Hayes with the North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition (NCHRC) arranged the meetings and we were able to talk to several members of the House and Senate to advocate for strengthening and promoting the Good Samaritan Law.
Tessie Castillo, Julie Cummins, Susan Ward, Pam Schulze, Mary O'Donnell, Virgil Hayes
Read More About Mary and Julie's Story
Mary O'Donnell and Julie Cummings were instrumental in getting funding in their county (Chatham County) for a PSA ad to bring awareness of The Good Samaritan Law to their community. They both lost their sons, who were good friends with each other, and in both cases, they could have been saved, but the young people they were with were too afraid of getting in trouble. The Moms have gone to the public schools, telling their stories, and encouraging people to "Be Kind- Leave No One Behind", as they explain the law, and hand out bracelets with that mantra. The bracelets also say "GOOD SAMARITAN 911, and "In honor of Sean O'Donnell and Boone Cummins" - their sons. Tessie Castillo, a writer who has served as the Advocacy and Communications Consultant for NCHRC for 8 years, wrote an excellent article about these moms. You can read about them here:
It Could Save Your Life
BY TESSIE CASTILLO FOR MEDIUM