Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Latest on HB1672: Nasal Naloxone

HB 1672: Nasal Naloxone has made it out of subcommittee by a unanimous vote!! (Sub #1 of HWI). Next step: the bill must be approved by full committee on Thursday in time for cross-over to Senate approval.

Right now, we are working with the government to develop two pilot programs in the state to get this life-saving mechanism in the hands of those who need it most by the end of this year.

Here is a link to a training video on how to use nasal naloxone and how to recognize signs of an opiate overdose from a pilot program developed in North Carolina, The Lazarus Project.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Sean is SERIOUS about his RECOVERY!!

Sean has about a month clean (1-28-13). We are glad he's found a program of recovery that WORKS for him!!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Danny H. has six and a half years clean! He shares his experience, strength, and hope about McShin and 12 step meetings and how they have helped him get back on the road to recovery.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

$10 Mobile Donation

Helping addicts and families of addict recover and repair relationships.
We house people in need in a safe environment and use peer-to-peer
recovery techniques and integration into 12-step meetings
as a foundation to recovery. 

Text "mcshin" to the number '50555'
and make a quick, simple and easy donation.*
*$10 will be added to your phone bill.

Thank you for your support!!!

Monday, January 21, 2013

Carl's Story!

Carl's been around McShin for a while ... He's the house managers at one of our houses. Now he gets a chance to share his story!

Friday, January 18, 2013

2013 Bluegrass Festival 
At The McShin Foundation!!
2300 Dumbarton Road
Richmond, VA

February 9: 1-8 p.m.
Tickets $5 in advance; $10 at door

Kid's Craft Corner!
Hair Cuts!
Corn Hole Tournament!
Free BBQ (Burgers and Hot Dogs)!

For more info call McShin @ 804-249-1845

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Free HIV Testing @ McShin

Wednesday, February 6, 2013
5 p.m.
Free HIV Testing @ The McShin Foundation

Have Results in 20 Minutes!

Provided by Fan Free Clinic

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Medicaid Expansion

Virginia ranks no. 48th in the Nation for state medicaid benefits. Under the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid expansion would create 30,000 jobs. While the project would cost the state 137.5 million in the first nine years (much less than the initial estimate of 2.2 billion), it would save the state billions in the long run. It makes common sense, yet our Governor, Bob McDonnell is opposed. The new budget, announced this week, reflects his opposition by not including it.

With better access to health care in Virginia, coupled with the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equality Act (which says insurance must cover mental health and substance abuse issues as effectively as it covers, say, broken bones and the flu), low and middle class families and individuals would finally have better access to substance abuse treatment and get on the road to recovery. It's typical that once someone hits their bottom and is ready to get clean, they don't have enough money to access treatment or at least, a detox facility. Medicaid expansion is a great idea, creating jobs and saving the government a lot of money in the long run. It just makes sense.

Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equality Act

Medicaid Expansion in Virginia Economy

Monday, January 14, 2013

What is McShin?

John S., president and co-founder of the McShin foundation (the "Shin" in McShin) explains what we do, exactly.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Families Do Recover!!

Co-Founder and President of the McShin Foundation talks to a youth about growing up in recovery.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

General Assembly Starts Today

Virginia's General Assembly is back in session! I wonder what our elected officials are going to do this year to combat the war on drugs. Rehabilitation? Road to recovery? Or incarceration ... Most of America's prisons are run by huge privately-owned, for-profit corporations that make billions per year on the war on drugs by incarcerating addicts instead of allocating more money and refining ways to rehabilitate drug users. Did you know the state spends an average of around $40 a day to incarcerate one person? That number does not include the amount that the inmate will inevitably spend on phone cards, collect calls, and commissary. Privately owned prisons and smaller, related for-profit companies (snack makers, tennis shoe makers, phone companies) can use just a small amount of their profit to fund local politician's campaign funds... So when it comes time for your elected official to make it at least look like they are doing something to combat the drug problem, why not take the easier way out without addressing the real, underlying problem?

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Drunk with Hope in Chicago

An ORIGINAL one act/one woman play about alcoholism and recovery by Tara Handron of the CARON Foundation!! We were lucky enough to have Tara come out from D.C. to our headquarters here at McShin in Richmond, VA to perform her one-hour play, "Drunk with Hope in Chicago" for an eager crowd of onlookers!

Monday, January 7, 2013

Sober Sam's ANONYMOUS Audio message!!!

Little Sam shares his message of hope and experience thus far at The McShin Foundation ... He has 96 days clean & sober!!! 

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Prescription Painkiller Overdoses

When most people think of an overdose-related death, they think of a heroin junkie passed out on a toilet seat with a hypodermic needle stuck in their arm. Three times out of four, this is not the case.
A compelling article by the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) states that most overdose-related deaths (nearly 75%) are caused by "medicine" that you may find in your own medicine cabinet.

CDC-Prescription Painkiller Overdoses

What's the solution? Narcan is an anecdote to opiate-related respiratory failure (what happens when you overdose). It's what paramedics use when they respond to a call of an opiate-related overdose. It can't get you high, and has relatively zero negative side effects if given to someone who has NOT ingested an opiate. Here at the McShin Foundation, we are spearheading a campaign that would allow friends and family of opiate consumers (as well as opiate consumers themselves) access to nasal Narcan spray -- an easy-to-use and lifesaving product. As of today, at least 15 other states have Narcan programs that distribute nasal or IM Narcan free or at a cost of around $20. Virginia has no such program as of yet.