Inside Job: A conversation

Posted on Friday, September 1st

August 16, 2017

Prevention advocates; Law enforcement; First responders; Treatment and prevention advocates; Prosecutors; Therapists; Clinicians; Families and those in recovery.

  • Lack of communication between Abby and Will was realistic; typical of the strain caused by the death of a child.
  • Wyatt’s parents Will and Abby didn’t have the sole responsibility to “fix him,” he had to want to be sober, it’s an inside job.
  • The dialogue in the first scene of Act 1 when Will and Abby discovered that Wyatt was using heroin was very believable; it captured what families argue and talk about to help each other navigate the stress and fear of heroin addiction.
  • The first scene could be very effective in beginning a discussion about the heroin and opioid crisis, it sounded like the way most people would confront addiction.
  • “Inside Job” would be fantastic for schools, especially high schools. It could be used in health and education classes.
  • The play or selected scenes could help show the effect on parents of heroin and opioid use; it’s very hard for teenagers to conceptualize anything beyond themselves.
  • Selected scenes or the full play could be shown at PTA meetings.
  • The way Abby and Will react is believable; Abby the mom says their son needs treatment and recovery; Will the dad is more cold hearted; ship him off to rehab!
  • Medically operated injection centers are one answer to the crisis. Drug users inject under the supervision of doctors and clinicians. They also take advantage of needle exchanges; and studies show they are more likely to seek treatment. .
  • We need constant new efforts to fight a crisis like this. Harm reduction advocates and substance abuse experts say such centers are safe and that they meet a vital and emergency need: keeping people addicted to heroin alive.
  • Drug Courts are another answer to the heroin and opioid crisis. People who are caught using heroin are placed in a recovery program, with conditions and monitored for at least a year. The idea is to keep them out of the legal system and help them into long-term recovery.
  • Medication assisted therapy is a vital component of Drug Courts. That allows doctors to make medical decisions and judges to make legal decisions.

 Something to share:

 Wilmington has a “Rapid Response” pilot program to get people who are addicted into recovery:

“After a patient is revived, the team would get addicts into treatment and recovery groups, provide follow-up care with licensed counselors and provide support to overdose victims and their families.”

Tim Buckland StarNews; Posted Mar 22, 2017

Something to try:

When drug dealers are arrested they continue to get rich from their mobile phones. “In the heroin business, the cellphone number is the lifeline of the trade. Well-established numbers can generate more than $11,000 a day — potentially millions a year.

To combat the quick switch, Milwaukee law enforcement officials are trying a new tactic, dubbed a “seize and freeze” order. Prosecutors ask a judge to allow them to freeze the phone number for a period of time rendering the line unable to send or receive calls or text messages. Once addicts realize the number is dead, it loses its value and dealers lose the stream of income.”

John Diedrich, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel July 12, 2017