Monday, August 29, 2016

Can We Talk?

In the words of comedienne Joan Rivers, Can we talk? Can we talk and be honest with ourselves? Are we really doing enough here with this heroin epidemic in Berkeley County and Martinsburg?

Are we doing enough in the groups as far as all awareness; Community Awareness, Youth Awareness, etc...

Are we keeping this heroin epidemic in the forefront of our community making sure our local politicians are doing what is needed and what they have said they will do?

Are we finding the solutions to combat this problem here in Berkeley County and Martinsburg?

Really? Because...

We cannot keep saying, something needs to be done and then wait for others to do what is needed.

We cannot keep saying, something needs to be done and set back and do nothing.

We cannot continue to set back and do nothing and think others will get it done!

We cannot continue to remain in the stigma afraid of what others will think if we do stand up and speak out!

Many who say they are on this side of the addiction do not even turn out for the events choosing instead to stay home or afraid to come out and get involved.

That has been the problem here for way too long! Everyone talks about it! Just talking about it is not solving the real problem here!

Honestly, the only way we are going to literally get to the first step in awareness is that we must make people face the reality of this heroin epidemic here as harsh as it is. We must make people in our community face the reality that the prejudice and injustice here is literally killing people. That is data proven folks!!!!

We need to stop saying the word, "RUMOR" in statements made about this heroin epidemic here. There is no place in the conversation for RUMOR.

Nothing is rumor about it. It isn't rumor that we have a heroin epidemic here.

It isn't rumor that our people are dying from something totally preventable.

It isn't rumor that the start of this opioid problem in the first place is scandalous. Large Pharma, physicians and our government caught up in a pay and play scandal that has put money in their pockets at the cost of hundreds of thousands of lives and families the pain of losing their loved ones.

Lastly, it is time to STOP the silence about this heroin epidemic here.
It is time to SPEAK the truth about heroin and this epidemic and it is time to START the conversation about this heroin epidemic!

What we really need to see is ACTION!

Those in leadership positions in this town talking about it when what we really need to see- the results of their actions!

Is enough being done in our community?

If you are not part of the solution then you are the problem!

© 2016 Gossip Girl


  1. This is sooooooooo true. I, as a parent, am committing to not sit back and "think" others will make changes. It's time to stand up and say enough of our young people have died or have become a prisoner of this disease and I will do whatever I need to do to make changes!

    1. Thank you Tina for your voice and your commitment in this fight to combat this heroin problem here!!!!

  2. Wednesday August 31st is International Overdose Awareness Day. I wanted to do a balloon release at Trinity United Methodist Church in Martinsburg. I posted about it last month and couldn't get anyone interested or motivated.