Tuesday, June 16, 2015

New IWINS Education Program Now Available!


 by Peter R. Coleman, M.D.
We are currently living through an epidemic of opiate abuse. Over 60 people are dying every day from these drugs. And the main problem is that our young people do not know or understand just how dangerous it is to try these drugs, even once. 

For over a year now, we have been building IWINS, our non-profit project. IWINS is helping to educate our young people about the dangers of trying prescription painkillers, even once. The project is called IWINS - because it stands for "I Wish I Never Started"

We started by producing emotionally powerful 60- second YouTube videos. Each video is a real testimony from one of our patients - patients who thought they could try opiates, but who found that, very quickly, their life went downhill, they became physically dependent, and they couldn't stop. They were enslaved by the drugs and their lives went from bad to worse. These folks were able to look at the camera and say, "I wish I never started". We have had a lot of success showing these videos to help get the message out.

Now, we have produced a 30-minute informational program that is available for free for anyone to use. The education program uses the videos and other material and is developed to educate young people about the dangers of trying any kind of opiates, even once. The program can be run by anyone with only about 10-15 minutes of preparation time. It has been tested and found to be easy to moderate and any interested person can teach the material by just following the online instructions. 

The program has been used with Boy Scouts groups, YMCA groups, university students and high school students. The response has been phenomenal. We would love to have more people use the education program and help us to spread the word. 

We would be very grateful if you could help us. For more information you can contact the coordinator of this program, Debbie Cochrane at debbie@iwishineverstarted.org.   

Better still, you could decide to facilitate the program at your school, your church youth group, your sports club, or any other place where teenagers and young adults can benefit from learning about the dangers of these drugs.  To view a copy visit our web site at www.iwishineverstarted.org and click on the tab marked "The Program".  Once there, the page will guide you thru the preparation and facilitation of the program.

I need your help to spread the word.

Thanks for your support!

Peter R. Coleman, MD

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