The Opioid epidemic is the deadliest drug crisis in American history, claiming over 350,000 lives since 1999. While many people have an idea of what caused the opioid crisis, few understand the why and how.
For example, how did a tragedy that started 20 years ago, only start gaining attention in 2017? How was the greatest drug crisis in American history allowed to go virtually unchecked for nearly two decades? Why is there still no end in sight?
To help answer these questions and more, today we’re joined by the award-winning author of American Overdose: The Opioid Tragedy in Three Acts, Chris McGreal.
Together, in our first episode of a three-part series, we discuss the origin of the opioid epidemic, the negligent policies that allowed Big Pharma to profit from the suffering of patients, and new evidence on the FDA’s complicity in driving the mass over-prescription of opioids.
Listen to today’s podcast for Part 1 of our American Overdose discussion, with bestselling author Chris McGreal.
To follow along with our discussion, you can pick up Chris’ book American Overdose: The Opioid Tragedy in Three Acts here.
In March of 2019 the Center on Addiction, a nonprofit organization committed to supporting families struggling with substance use and addiction, published Uncovering Coverage Gaps II: A Review of Addiction Benefits in ACA Plans. A follow up to their 2016 report of the same name, this new report reviews and compares the addiction benefits in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) plans for all 50 states.
This most recent report was an eye-opener, both for what coverage was available through the state plans, but even more so, what was omitted.
Here to further our understanding of the 2019 report, is the Center on Addiction health law and policy director, Lindsey Vuolo. Lindsey is the research lead on the adequacy of SUD benefits offered in the ACA health plans, an expert on federal and state responses to the opioid crisis, and author of (Ending the Opioid Crisis: A Practical Guide for State Policymakers).
Drawing on her extensive experience in legal, regulatory, and policy work related to addiction prevention and treatment, Lindsey shares her discoveries of the essential coverage gaps in the ACA plans nationwide, and provides her insights regarding the current state of addiction health care coverage and policy in America.
Listen to today’s podcast for an extra-informative episode on your state’s addiction coverage, featuring Lindsey Vuolo.
We hope that all had a very Happy Easter! Thank you for all your prayers and kindness shown to us. The Lord is indeed risen! He did not leave us orphans. The Holy Spirit came to be with us. Another person who did not leave us is Mary. She was with the early Church and the Apostles as they began to spread the Good News. It was her job, as it is for any mother, to give encouragement, to pray for and to remind those early followers who Jesus was and what his message was. The early days were difficult ones, needing a mother’s love present in their midst. But we too have Mary in our midst. She has come to us in her apparitions with the same message that she gave to the early Church: “Pray to my Son. Go to my Son. Follow what my Son has told you.” What a loving God we have to give us a mother that is there to nurture us. All we have to do is ask. Mary is here at Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine. She is at all her Shrines. Come and pray with her.
With that in mind the Shrine once again began its Outdoor Season on Sunday, May 5th. (See the schedule below) As always you remain in our prayers come and visit us also on Pasta dinner days Thursdays: May16th and June 20th.
God, bless you,
The Sisters of the Most Holy Trinity!
Outdoor Season Sunday Schedule:
8:00 AM Mass in chapel
9:30 AM Mass (outside if possible)
Breakfast in dining room from 10:15 AM until 11:30 AM
Lunch in the dining room from 12:00 noon until 2:30 PM
3:00 PM Stations of the Cross
4:00 PM Rosary, Homily, Benediction
The Gift Shop is open every day from 10:00 AM until 4:30 PM. Sunday from after the 8:00 AM Mass
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Holy Mary, you were so generous and immediate in giving your yes to God, inspire young women and men to follow your example by voicing their yes to God as you did. As a Mother, we respectfully request that you petition your Son for us, to awaken in the hearts of young people the courage and insight to follow His way of life as a Religious. If we may be so bold, Dearest Mother, may we petition that these young people are guided to help carry on the work of the Order of the Most Holy Trinity. We ask this as we ask all things through your Son Jesus. Amen
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Getting deeper into Lent has, hopefully, led us to take a bit more time in prayer. We are approaching Holy Week. Jesus laid out His ministry and message in three years, but in a period of three Holy Days a lot of action takes place. We see sleeping, betrayal, denial, doubt, fear and abandonment, but we also see Christ leaving the Eucharist and His ultimate sacrifice because He loved us enough to suffer and die.
Yes, many friendships and testimonies of faith were tested and most of the humans failed. Mary, Jesus’ Mother, the other Marys and St. John remained faithful, but the other Apostles were found so lacking. Wait a minute, didn’t Jesus pick those people? Didn’t he tell Simon that his name was Peter and upon this rock I will build my Church? Peter denied Jesus. Thomas doubted Him. Judas betrayed Him. Everyone except for John ran away.
What happened to these mere mortals? Peter begged for forgiveness and was forgiven. He led the new Church until he too died like Christ. Thomas regretted his doubt and asked for forgiveness. He too was forgiven and became the Apostle to India. He was martyred for his faith in India. The other Apostles, all martyred except for John, asked for forgiveness for their lack of faith. Judas, he committed suicide. What a shame, because we can speculate that Jesus would have forgiven him as well. What about us? Do we fail? Of course, but all we need to do is ask for forgiveness. Have we done that? I hope so. In order to celebrate and participate in the Resurrection we need to go to God and ask pardon for our lack of faith in Him and express our gratefulness for all that God has done. Like the Apostles we are charged with bringing the Good News to all.
Bible Vs. Matt. 16:15-16,18-19 “Simon Peter replied, You are Christ, the Son of the living God... And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock, I will build my Church, and the gates of Hell will not prevail against it.”
Prayer: Help me to be faithful all the time, but when I fail, like your most intimate followers, reach your hand to me to help me up. I’ll get up and begin again and try not to fail you, but if and when I do, I will always ask for forgiveness. Help me also to give forgiveness as quickly and honestly as you do. Amen
Highlights: Come and celebrate the days of Holy Week at Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine. Thursday, April 18 is the Mass of the Last Supper at 7:00 PM, Good Friday, April 19 is the Passion of Our Lord at 2:00 PM, Holy Saturday is the Easter Vigil at 7:30 PM and Easter Sunday Mass is at 8:00 AM. Alleluia, the Lord is Risen!
Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine, 21281 Chardon Rd., Euclid, Ohio 44117
When we last saw Mary, she was at Cana telling us: “Do whatever he tells you.” Jesus would begin his ministry. In our own lives at this moment we are in Lent. Jesus has finished his ministry and approaches his suffering, death and resurrection. Where is Mary? There she is. Look around. Mary is right with Jesus. She follows him everywhere. She is the first and best disciple. The most loyal and loving. She did not deny him or run away, but we don’t hear a word from her. I wonder what she was thinking when things went so wrong for her son? Sometimes that happens to us too. Things look so dark. We must be loyal and loving too and wait for the resurrection. Mary is with Jesus at the foot of the Cross, at his burial, at his resurrection, his ascension, and finally in the upper room waiting for the Spirit. Her advice to us: follow him. What have you done for Lent so far? Given up anything? Prayed a little more? Given extra to those who don’t have? All good things, but what about coming to the Shrine for a weekday Mass? How about buying a Lenten daily reading book in the gift shop to give you and your family a Lenten thought for the day? How about buying a religious Easter gift to give to someone? How about remembering that Easter is Christ rising? What did Mary do? She followed her son.
Come and visit us at the Shrine. The schedule for Holy Week is Tuesday, April 16, Mass 7:00 AM, Holy Thursday, April 18, Mass 7:00 PM, Good Friday Services April 19 2:00 PM and Holy Saturday, April 20 Mass 7:30 PM. Mary will be here as usual. We hope that you can too. Happy Easter. Please attend our Pasta Dinner on Thursday, April 25. The outdoor shrine season begins Sunday, May 5th.
In the Trinity,
Sisters of the Most Holy Trinity