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THE BIRDGE PROJECT is HERE & 2024 is off to a great start for Talitha cumi safe haven & its partners.

TEDx TALKS w/ CAROLINE McHUGH: Take a listen at a deep diving conversation with Caroline McHugh who is CEO of Idology, a company dedicated to helping individuals and organizations embrace the idea of being original versions of themselves. There is always a better outcome and reward when you show up as yourself regardless of the circumstance.

(Disclaimer: We do not own the rights to this video feature. All footage is courtesy of TEDx Talks via You Tube media)



Maryland environmental justice bill excludes key concerns, advocates say

BALTIMORE -- State lawmakers will weigh a bill Tuesday that aims to take a step closer to fighting environmental injustice. However, some South Baltimore community members say the bill is not doing enough.

   House Bill 24 would require the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) to review environmental justice issues in a community before approving specified permits for new, renewal, or applications for modification.

   The environmental justice evaluation would have to be performed if a permit facility is in an area deemed as "underserved and overburdened" with pollution. The MDE deems these areas as such if the community scores in the top 75th statewide percentile in MDE's EJ Screening Tool CLICK HERE TO READ MORE 

Plan to Increase Bike Lanes Raises Tensions Among Cyclists & Residents 

BALTIMORE - Baltimore City's "Complete Streets" ordinance has become a point of contention between some residents, city leaders and the Department of Transportation.  Recently, Baltimore City Council member Sharon Green Middleton raised a resolution to examine Baltimore's bike infrastructure after receiving complaints from residents. 

   "The main problem is lack of community engagement directed to each individually designed area," Green Middleton said.  

"Complete Streets" is a local law that over time will change the landscape of the city with the intent of making streets safer and more accessible to pedestrians, bicyclists and public transit users. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

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The Latest Substance Abuse Statistics

Statistics published by National Center for Drug Abuse Statistics


Among Americans aged 12 years and older, 37.309 million were current illegal drug users (used within the last 30 days) as of 2020.

  • 13.5% of Americans 12 and over used drugs in the last month, a 3.8% increase year-over-year (YoY).

  • 59.277 million or 21.4% of people 12 and over have used illegal drugs or misused prescription drugs within the last year.

  • 138.543 million or 50.0% of people aged 12 and over have illicitly used drugs in their lifetime.

  • Usership among people aged 12 and over is down 0.4% YoY.

  • 138.522 million Americans 12 and over drink alcohol.

  • 28.320 million or 20.4% of them have an alcohol use disorder.

  • 57.277 million people use tobacco or nicotine products (vape).

  • 25.4% of illegal drug users have a drug disorder.

  • 24.7% of those with drug disorders have an opioid disorder; this includes prescription pain relievers or “pain killers” and heroin).

  • Drug abuse and substance disorders are more likely to affect young males

  • 22% of males and 17% of females used illegal drugs or misused prescription drugs within the last year.

  • 5% of people in non-metropolitan, rural counties used illegal drugs compared to 20.2% of people in larger metropolitan counties.

  • Drug use is highest among persons between the ages of 18-25 at 39% compared to persons aged 26-29, at 34%.

  • 70% of users who try an illegal drug before age 13 develop a substance abuse disorder within the next 7 years compared to 27% of those who try an illegal drug after age 17.

  • 47% of young people use an illegal drug by the time they graduate from high school; other users within the last 30 days include:

  • 5% of 8th graders.

  • 20% of 10th graders.

  • 24% of 12th graders.

Fights over methadone, harm reduction, and more: 3 addiction stories to watch in 2024

December 29, 2023

The U.S. drug crisis is as bad as it’s ever been, and there are few signs things are getting better.

About 110,000 people died of drug overdoses in 2023, about the same as in previous years. Fentanyl, the powerful synthetic opioid that now dominates the illicit drug market, remained the main culprit. Xylazine, the veterinary sedative known as “tranq,” only became more common. And more and more Americans are using other drugs — namely methamphetamine and cocaine — alongside opioids.

Nonetheless, addiction medicine and drug policy hasn’t changed much in the past year. Despite strong rhetoric from President Biden and lawmakers on Capitol Hill about tackling the opioid epidemic, Washington didn’t pass any major reforms to the addiction treatment system. Not much changed at the local level, either, though money is finally flowing to communities from the multiple opioid settlements that were recently finalized between drug manufacturers, drug distributors, and pharmacies in the wake of overprescribing scandals in the early 2000s.

Still, change is happening — even if not all of it can be characterized as progress. Below, STAT breaks down the three addiction medicine stories to watch in 2024.


Talitha Cumi provides room & boarding for women in need of emergency and/or scheduled housing placement in a transitional home setting. To learn about room availability for women who are overcoming substance abuse or homelessness, please click below 

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Addiction and recovery does not have to be viewed as a dismal process for women seeking sobriety. Talitha Cumi prides itself in maintaining an effective and full-proof program for women seeking to sustainability off drugs and alcohol. Click below to learn how we transform lives.

Addiction Counseling
Mental Health 

Talitha Cumi is dedicated to providing intervention for every aspect of addiction and this includes effectively addressing mental illness. This is a very critical impediment that impacts most substance abuse victims. It is our firm belief that improving mental health through a series of effective interventions can reverse this rising problem.


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