By Mike Sparks
It’s refreshing to see the Murfreesboro Police Department engaging with community members and citizens to help change lives in our community. The drug epidemic and drug overdoses, both fatal and nonfatal, continue to impact our community, state and nation. If you haven’t been touched by the drug and alcohol problems I would be surprised—I will argue that everyone has been affected by it.
Overdose deaths remain a leading cause of injury-related death in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the majority of overdose deaths involve opioids. Deaths involving synthetic opioids (largely illicitly made fentanyl) and stimulants (such as cocaine and methamphetamine) have increased in recent years. In addition, overdose deaths accelerated during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Murfreesboro Police Department hosted a Community Day at their headquarters as a part of the 2022 National Faith and Blue over the weekend. The event brought together several faith-based organizations and community resources agencies as well as a reunion with a life-changing story.
One of those stories is of Jolie Mallette Shipley. Jolie is a mother of three and a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist working with folks dealing with addiction and alcoholism. She has been on our Rutherford Magazine Show a few times including last Sunday. Our show is heard on WGNS Radio Sunday evenings from 5-6pm on 100.5fm or online at WGNSradio.com. The show touches on issues ‘FREEDOM’ and often discusses recovery. Jolie, Rhonda Rush who is the Recovery Coordinator at Murfreesboro Family Worship Center, Josh Floyd Director of Operations at Brooks Healing Center and Rutherford County Chairman Craig H
arris who has been a staunch fighter for combating the drug problem in Rutherford County joined me this past Sunday.
You can listen to the Rutherford Magazine Show here.
If you or you know someone who needs help please contact the Tennessee REDLINE is the 24/7/365 resource for substance abuse treatment referrals. Anyone can call or text 800-889-9789 for confidential referrals.
Additional Resources: (click on the links for a treatment center near you)