HEALTH | The District endured a heroin addiction epidemic in the 1960s and 70s. A doctor reporting on the epidemic found that 13.5% of the city’s males born in 1953 were addicted and low-income black men were predominantly affected. These men are now in their 50s and account for majority of the city’s opioid-related deaths. (WCP, 10/12)
Fentanyl, a synthetic opioid originally used to treat pain, is the substance cut into heroin in recent years that has killed so many across the nation.
“These gentlemen who have been using for many years are teetering on this line of safety,” says Dr. Tanya A. Royster, Director of D.C.’s Department of Behavioral Health. “They know how much to use. They know when to use. They know where to get it.
“Now that these new things are introduced into the opioid supply, like fentanyl and some of the other synthetics, they are much more lethal and much more deadly. So what they have been doing for the last 20 or 30 years is not necessarily safe. That’s our message to them: What you’ve been doing isn’t working anymore because the supply has changed.”
PHILANTHROPY FELLOWS | Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers is excited to welcome the 2017-2018 Philanthropy Fellows! Read about them here. (Daily, 10/12)
POVERTY | john a. powell of the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society at UC Berkeley and Arthur Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute, discussed why America’s perception of poor people is preventing us from ending poverty. (Citylab, 10/11)
GIVING | Nonprofits Battle to Get Charitable Deduction Extended to All Taxpayers (Chronicle, 10/11 – Subscription needed)
PHILANTHROPY | Tyler Nickerson, co-chair of Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy Washington, D.C. Chapter, advises white people in philanthropy on how they can become more bold on social justice issues. (Medium, 10/6)
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