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When heroin users overdose, their friends and family can keep them from dying. Here's how.

Baltimore's streets are a little less deadly because of this program.

When heroin users overdose, their friends and family can keep them from dying. Here's how.
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Deaths from heroin overdose rose to over 8,000 in 2013, the last year with accurate statistics. Some call it a national plague, but the real shame is that it's preventable in most cases simply by providing heroin users and their friends and family with a simple way to bring an overdosed user back to a living, breathing human being.

I know there are people who would rather drug users just go away and stop being a drain on public resources. But guess what? It's not that easy. Whatever their life circumstances were that brought them to this point, they deserve a chance to get into a recovery program and make it out alive.


Fox News 45 in Baltimore made a video about a great example of a city being forward-thinking and preventing overdoses, giving people a chance to fight their way out of addiction. Isn't that the humane thing to do?

I hope I see the day when programs like this are in every major U.S. city and some suburbs and rural areas.

Here's how it works:

They provide needle exchanges to reduce the transmission of HIV, hepatitis, and other diseases. But they also do something pretty marvelous. They train people how to use the generic form of Narcan to save the lives of people who are overdosing on heroin.

The woman who is trying to stay off heroin? She's saved the lives of five people in three years using this method. That's remarkable.

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Often, parents of children with special needs struggle to find Halloween costumes that will accommodate medical equipment or provide a proper fit. And figuring out how to make one? Yikes.

There's good news; shopDisney has added new ensembles to their already impressive line of adaptive play costumes. And from 8/30 - 9/26, there's a 20% off sale for all costume and costume accessory orders of $75+ with code Spooky.

When looking for the right costume, kids with unique needs have a lot of extra factors to consider: wheelchair wheels get tangled up in too-long material, feeding tubes could get twisted the wrong way, and children with sensory processing disorders struggle with the wrong kind of fabric, seams, or tags. There are a lot of different obstacles that can come between a kid and the ability to wear the costume of their choice, which is why it's so awesome that more and more companies are recognizing the need for inclusive creations that make it easy for everyone to enjoy the magic of make-believe.

Created with inclusivity in mind, the adaptive line is designed to discreetly accommodate tubes or wires from the front or the back, with lots of stretch, extra length and roomier cut, and self-stick fabric closures to make getting dressed hassle-free. The online shop provides details on sizing and breaks down the magical elements of each outfit and accessory, taking the guesswork out of selecting the perfect costume for the whole family.

Your child will be able to defeat Emperor Zurg in comfort with the Buzz Lightyear costume featuring a discreet flap opening at the front for easy tube access, with self-stick fabric closure. There is also an opening at the rear for wheelchair-friendly wear, and longer-length inseams to accommodate seated guests. To infinity and beyond!

An added bonus: many of the costumes offer a coordinating wheelchair cover set to add a major boost of fun. Kids can give their ride a total makeover—all covers are made to fit standard size chairs with 24" wheels—to transform it into anything from The Mandalorian's Razor Crest ship to Cinderella's Coach. Some options even come equipped with sounds and lights!

From babies to adults and adaptive to the group, shopDisney's expansive variety of Halloween costumes and accessories are inclusive of all.

Don't forget about your furry companions! Everyone loves to see a costumed pet trotting around, regardless of the occasion. You can literally dress your four-legged friend to look like Sven from Frozen, which might not sound like something you need in your life but...you totally do. CUTENESS OVERLOAD.

This year has been tough for everyone, so when a child gets that look of unfettered joy that comes from finally getting to wear the costume of their dreams, it's extra rewarding. Don't wait until the last minute to start looking for the right ensemble!


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Over the past six years, it feels like race relations have been on the decline in the U.S. We've lived through Donald Trump's appeals to America's racist underbelly. The nation has endured countless murders of unarmed Black people by police. We've also been bombarded with viral videos of people calling the police on people of color for simply going about their daily lives.

Earlier this year there was a series of incidents in which Asian-Americans were the targets of racist attacks inspired by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Given all that we've seen in the past half-decade, it makes sense for many to believe that race relations in the U.S. are on the decline.

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