Stories by Jo Ann Hummers

ADDICTIONS: You CAN save your friend’s life!

(This column first appeared in the Outer Banks Sentinel) “Someone just overdosed…”  This statement is heard too often these days. If you ever wondered if you might be in a…

Feb 23


ADDICTIONS: Slogans for Motivation

Members of 12 Step programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, AlAnon, Cocaine Anonymous, Overeaters Anonymous, Gamblers Anonymous often use short phrases or slogans to help to remind themselves of…

Jan 4


Nar-Anon now meeting in Kill Devil Hills

Two years ago the Outer Banks was fortunate to have its first Nar-Anon meeting which met in Manteo at the Source Church. The meeting recently relocated to Kill Devil HIlls,…

Dec 8


ADDICTIONS: Safer holiday parties

Many people believe that the main attraction at a party should be something other than alcohol, because of the dangers and liabilities of “overindulging.” Alcohol has traditionally been a major…

Dec 17


Addictions: Problems with prescription opioids

The Center for Disease Control recognizes some confusion about the safety of prescription opioids. They have written this piece in an effort to clarify the issues.

Nov 1


Addictions: Avoiding the risks

The Centers for Disease Control recognizes the usefulness of pain medications. They also understand the risk of not understanding the risks. They discuss how to avoid them below: Prescription opioids…

Oct 5


Addictions: What is Marijuana?

Marijuana is a psychoactive drug used by many people recreationally and its use has been legalized in several states. It has positive properties as well as being problematic for some…

Sep 15


Addictions: You Can Help Prevent an Overdose!!

With a current climate of deep concern about people overdosing with opiates (heroin or prescription opioid pain medications), it seems important that people are informed about the medication Narcan/ Naloxone.…

Aug 17


Addictions: How to Properly Dispose of Unused Medicines

Medications which are expired or are no longer needed have become a public safety issue. Though there are several ways to dispose of unused medications, the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency)…

Aug 7