McShin In The News

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The Stettinius Fund Honors Outstanding Nonprofit Leaders

In its thirteenth year, the Stettinius Fund for Nonprofit Leadership honored three nonprofit leaders with grants totaling over $26,000. Christopher Beach, Executive Director, Relationship Foundation of Virginia; Honesty Liller, CEO, The McShin Foundation, and Todd Martin, Deputy Scout Executive, Boy Scouts of America, Heart of Virginia Council have been selected to pursue professional development opportunities of their own design. The Stettinius awards program was established by Cadmus Communications Corporation on the occasion of Wallace Stettinius’ retirement from the Cadmus Board of Directors. Since its inception in 2003, the Fund has recognized and supported outstanding professionals who provide effective organizational leadership within the local charitable sector. on Jul 21 2017
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14-bed addiction recovery center proposed in town

A Richmond-based nonprofit wants to open a 14-bed substance abuse recovery center in Warrenton.

By Aug. 1, The McShin Foundation plans to begin providing free counseling services at 30 John Marshall St., Warrenton center Manager Chris Connell said. on Jul 20 2017
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My love affair with heroin ended with recovery–by Honesty Liller

I sit here today with 10 years of recovery from a Substance Use Disorder and I feel unbelievable gratitude of how my life has changed.

Starting drug use at age twelve wasn’t a typical twelve year old’s life in my hometown. The first time I used, I felt free, happy, and had no cares. And once I found heroin at age seventeen, my life spun out of control.

I fell in love with Heroin on Jul 05 2017
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McShin Foundation opens the organization's first sober home in Hanover

Shady Grove United Methodist Church's efforts to raise money to open a sober home in Hanover County began from a personal place.

Buz Edwards, the chair of the church's witness committee, knew a friend of his son who died of a drug overdose. At a church meeting in 2015 he asked for a moment of prayer to remember the young man shortly after Edwards had attended his funeral.

"He and my son were close friends when they were in middle school and high school," Edwards said. "You don't understand. You don't know why things like that happen." on Jun 16 2017

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Planned community for addiction recovery in the works in Henrico

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Last week, plans for a controversial campground aimed at serving recovering addicts were pulled after residents living near the site voiced their concerns.

The campground would have been located near the corner of La France and Beulah Roads in the Eastern end of Henrico County. While those plans have been withdrawn, there are even bigger plans now in the works.

John Shinholser with the addiction recovery center The McShin Foundation says he believes a negative stigma surrounding addiction killed the original plan.

on Jun 16 2017
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Female population at Henrico jail hits all-time high

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. -- Recent statistics have shown a rapid increase in the number of women in jail. In fact, this past week, Henrico Jail saw an all-time high of 302 incarcerated females since it was first established in 1634. The opioid epidemic has caused thousands of women, like 24-year-old Tiffany McCoy, to end up behind bars. on Jun 14 2017
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In Virginia's opioid epidemic, this drug is the top killer

As opioid overdose deaths continue to surge, one drug has come out ahead of all the other killers in Virginia — and many may not have known they were using it.


Fentanyl became the deadliest drug in the state last year, surging past heroin and prescription painkillers. Evidence that the painkiller epidemic gave rise to a new wave of heroin use has continued to grow, with illegal opioid deaths outnumbering prescription opioid deaths since 2013. on May 04 2017

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Fauquier jail inmates offered more resources for addiction recovery

People struggling with addiction in Fauquier County will soon have one more resource available to help them toward the path to recovery.
The McShin Foundation, which prides itself as being Virginia’s leading peer-to-peer recovery community organization, recently partnered with the Fauquier County Adult Detention Center. An addict who’s been in recovery for 12 years will be the jail’s facilitator for the program, offering support, advice, resources and guidance to inmates who want help. The program is open to people with any kind of addiction.


“There are so many waiting lists,” said Fauquier’s new program facilitator, who asked to remain anonymous. “I have literally been standing at a detox facility begging for help and been told, ‘I’m so sorry, we have 30-day waiting period.’"


But the McShin program offers immediate resources, she added. on Apr 22 2017

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County jail intensifies its effort to help addicts

Lt. Greg Harris and Cpl. Kristin Nicholas discuss the program with Chris Connell of the McShin Foundation. on Apr 22 2017
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County jail intensifies its effort to help addicts

Fauquier County’s jail next month will start a program in which addicts help addicts. The Richmond-based McShin Foundation will provide support and training for intensive counseling of inmates who struggle with substance abuse. on Apr 20 2017
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Spring Awards Press Release

The McShin Foundation honors Chesterfield County Sheriff Karl Leonard at 13th Annual Spring Awards Banquet on Apr 20 2017
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I Moved Forward by Honesty Liller

Nearly ten years ago, I stood in a doorway with nothing but a couple trash bags of clothes, a Jeep on a car title loan, and a decision to make. Behind me were fourteen years of obsession and insanity surrounding drugs and whatever I had to do to get them. Fourteen years of putting those things in front of my family, my daughter and myself. In front of me was an opportunity for help that I wasn’t sure I even wanted. It was a small office, with a large, loud man trying to talk to me when all I could think about was the withdrawal that I knew was coming. But I was at a point of absolute devastation and desperation. I had been evicted from my apartment and didn’t have my daughter. I had nowhere to go and no one left to help me if I didn’t take this offer. So I picked up the trash bags of clothes, and I moved forward. on Apr 12 2017
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John Shinholser column: Our political system is not working to help opiod addicts

Another General Assembly session has come and gone and not much has been done to curb the opiate overdoses and correlating addiction epidemic. Oh sure, there are a few “chipper laws” that chip around the bigger needs: bills passed, an increase in Narcan accessibility (to treat overdoses), limited needle exchange, a few dollars for a broken, rigged Medicaid peer-support provider system — but not much else. Some would have the common citizen think same-day assessment at a local Community Service Board (CSB) is an improvement, but that charade is akin to a motorist pulling in for gas only to be “assessed” that they need gas and told to come back in six weeks and then they’ll start pumping out a quart a week for 12 weeks. Whoopee! on Mar 20 2017
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McShin Showcased on the Road to Recovery Series

This contains a wonderful piece on McShin's Recovery Fest held in September in honor of Recovery Month each year. Check it out at minute 17:45!! on Mar 13 2017
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Secretary Clinton And Mr. Trump: Meet The Inmates Facing Addiction In The Chesterfield County Jail

Ryan Hampton - Chesterfield County Jail, Chesterfield, VA

One of the final stops on my 2,500-mile trek to the Democratic National Convention was Chesterfield County, Virginia. Two weeks ago, before leaving my hometown, Los Angeles, I received a call from John Shinholser, founder of the McShin Foundation in Richmond, Virginia. He told me something very special is happening in Chesterfield. A Republican elected Sheriff is investing in recovery services for inmates through a new program that Shinholser and the Sheriff are leading, called the Heroin Addiction Recovery Program (aka HARP). And they are doing it without help from the local, state, or federal governments. In fact, the Sheriff is funding the entire program from his own budget because he came to the realization that the way our country has been doing business with respect to incarcerating those suffering from addiction was not working… and will never work. So John and the Sheriff created their own innovative approach. I was intrigued and had to see what is happening there with my own eyes.

on Mar 07 2017
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Doctor used three local offices for oxycodone ‘pill mill’

RICHMOND, Va. -- A Virginia physician with offices in Richmond, Henrico and Chesterfield has been charged for his role in getting oxycodone to the streets, according to recently unsealed court documents.

Dr. Clarence Scranage Jr. worked with Anthony Harper, who recruited patients to send to Scranage for oxycodone prescriptions, according to court documents.
Harper would give the names of the patients to Scranage, who would write 30 mg prescriptions for the Schedule II narcotic drug. Harper paid the doctor and then sold the drugs to dealers and users, according to the grand jury documents. on Mar 01 2017

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End The Prison-For-Profit Movement & Offer Recovery Solutions Now

My name is Ryan Riggs and I am a person in long-term recovery from addiction. What that means to me, is that I have not found it necessary to use any mood or mind-altering substances since April 20, 2015. This journey has been the most amazing experience that I have ever had, and it only continues to get better. My story, in large part, involves the criminal justice system. As result of my addiction and lack of resources, I fell into a vicious cycle of drug use, incarceration, and dereliction. Nine overdoses and fifteen or more jail sentences later, I found a way out. Jail and prison are not the solution to addiction. My life today is beyond my wildest dreams, but let me tell you a little bit about the journey... on Feb 26 2017
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Local recovery center says new opioid abuse laws are a start, not enough

RICHMOND, Va. -- Governor Terry McAuliffe signed legislation into law Thursday that is designed to help reduce opioid abuse across the Commonwealth.

Zoe Keehnle, a recovering heroin addict, says this legislation hits close to home because of her history of drug abuse.
The 23-year-old says she lost a close friend from a heroin overdose.
Keehnle said she’s had some close calls herself.
"Since I was 20, I've overdosed four times, whether it just be on heroin or Benzos, Zanax...” she said. on Feb 24 2017
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Former addict spoke to jail inmates about recovery and hope

John Shinholster, president of The McShin Foundation, gave a talk at J Reuben Long Detention Center about addiction Thursday afternoon. He shared with inmates his struggle with addiction and his long-term recovery, and tried to give them hope for change. The speech is part of Horry-Georgetown Technical College's Addiction and Recovery Series. Read more here: http://www.myrtlebeachonline.com/news/local/article133264119.html#storylink=cpy on Feb 20 2017
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Students Battling Addiction Find Recovery In The Classroom

WWBT NBC12 News It isn't an ordinary classroom, and the lessons learned there aren't limited to Shakespeare and the periodic table. McShin Academy is a sober learning ... on Feb 20 2017
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Virginia House panel defeats bill to shield overdose victims from prosecution

A proposal that would have shielded overdose victims from criminal prosecution when someone sought medical help to save them was struck down Wednesday in a House subcommittee over fears the move could enable drug use.

The vote to kill the bill from Del. Betsy B. Carr, D-Richmond, followed a revision made at the request of Republican delegates not swayed by emotional testimony on Monday from a father who said the measure would save the lives of people such as his son.

on Feb 02 2017
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$15,000 Rotary grant will help McShin battle community addiction

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. — Three people battling addiction will now get the help they need, thanks in part, to a $15,000 grant from the Rotary Club of Richmond to the McShin Foundation. The money will provide three scholarships to the Henrico-based center that helps drug and alcohol addicts recover.

Rotary Club members said they chose McShin as a grant recipient because it was an investment in the community.

on Feb 02 2017
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Stas

My name is Stas and I am the Director of Youth & Family Development at The McShin Foundation. There was a point in time where I thought my life was over. I was homeless. My family wouldn’t talk to me. I had no money. I had pawned all of my possessions. And I was still looking for drugs. One night, I climbed out of a dumpster looking deranged, with cuts from broken glass on my hands and arms, and a security guard stood in front of me. All he said was, “I don’t know what you’re doing, I’m not going to call the police, but you need to get out of here and get help.” Then he left. I got high and called my dad to tell him my genius plan was to hitchhike across America and grow weed in Seattle. He told me I’m an idiot and need to reach out to someone who can help. on Feb 02 2017
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McShin Foundation Named Recipient of the 2016 kaléo Cares Award

Kaléo, a privately-held pharmaceutical company, today announced the McShin Foundation, a non-profit charitable organization in Richmond, Virginia, has been awarded the 2016 kaléo Cares Award for outstanding achievements serving patients in need.

The McShin Foundation, founded in 2004, is a non-profit full-service Recovery Community Organization, committed to serving individuals and families in their fight against Substance Use Disorders (SUD). McShin offers peer-to-peer intervention and recovery services, residential recovery support and a new program for high school students. The organization responds to more than 200,000 recovery support requests each year. on Jan 18 2017

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Tweet Elusive Antidote: A Survival Story in the Fight Against Virginia's Opioid Epidemic

Twenty-four hours after she was released from jail, Loren Allison returned to the hotel where she was living in the West End, injected heroin into her neck and overdosed.

Her boyfriend put her in the bathtub, unresponsive and purple-lipped.

Screaming, Allison’s 8-year-old daughter started beating him on the back, thinking he was trying to drown her mother. She had seen abuse before.

The boyfriend didn’t stick around. There was a warrant out for his arrest. So he dropped the daughter off with a friend on the second floor and called 9-1-1 from the road. on Jan 11 2017

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McShin Foundation - immediate support to addicted people

How did the McShin Foundation begin?

McShin was started by John Shinholser and Carol McDaid. They are a married couple with combined over 50 years of recovery. The reason is because when an addict in our area reached out for help to the local community services there was a 30-90 day wait for a bed anywhere. John and Carol thought that was horrible and started McShin. When an addict/alcoholic asks for help, they need to have the help that day. on Jan 07 2017

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2016 Kaléo Cares Award

McShin named recipient of the 2016 kaléo Cares Award on Jan 06 2017
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Livin' The Dream

I am a proud person in long-term recovery from a Substance Use Disorder and what that means to me is I have been drug free for 9 years. I started using drugs at age 12, found heroin at age 17, and my life started to go downhill. Nothing was important to me but using drugs. During this whirlwind I became pregnant and that didn’t stop me from using either. I had been in and out of treatment for years until I finally threw my hands up and gave myself to recovery. The McShin Foundation took me in with no money and showed me how to live. on Jan 06 2017
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Chesterfield County inmates go viral for Facebook video on opioid addiction

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — The Chesterfield County women’s jail is making national headlines following a Facebook live video shot inside the jail aimed at tackling opioid addiction.

Patsy Garnet is an inmate in the jail seeking long-term recovery from her heroin addiction. She is seen speaking out in the video about how the county’s Heroin Addiction Recovery Program (HARP) is helping inmates like herself get clean. Garnet says she was on her way to the medical facility when Chesterfield County Sheriff, Karl Leonard, asked how he can help. on Jan 06 2017

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McShin Earns the 2016 Kaléo Cares Award

Kaléo, a privately-held pharmaceutical company, recently announced that Henrico-based McShin Foundation has been awarded the 2016 Kaléo Cares Award for outstanding achievement in serving patients in need. The McShin Foundation, founded in 2004, is a nonprofit full-service Recovery Community Organization, committed to serving individuals and families in their fight against substance abuse disorders. McShin offers peer-to-peer intervention and recovery services, residential recovery support and a new program for high school students. The organization responds to more than 200,000 recovery support requests each year. This is the second year of the award. on Jan 02 2017
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The Stigma of Addiction

Click the read more link to view this video full sized. on Dec 14 2016
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Navigating Holiday Stress and Avoiding Relapse

The holidays can be a time of great joy, but for those in addiction recovery the season can be a minefield of triggers and temptations. Dealing with difficult family relationships, managing holiday-related financial stress, and avoiding temptations to drink or use other substances at holiday parties are just a few of the ways the holidays can be a challenge for someone in recovery. on Dec 09 2016
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AG Herring relaunches

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. – In response to the ongoing heroin and prescription drug crisis, Virginia’s Attorney General is relaunching www.hardesthitva.com, a website aimed at connecting Virginians to treatment resource centers and expending education and prevention materials on the drug abuse epidemic.

On Monday night, Mark Herring sat with families from across the commonwealth who’ve been touched by addiction.

They watched, in silence, the award winning documentary on the drug crisis that has claimed hundreds of lives in every corner of the state. on Dec 06 2016

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AG Herring launches website for heroin and opioid education, prevention

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Attorney General Mark R. Herring announced Monday morning the relaunching of www.HardestHitVA.com as a one-stop shop for prevention and educational materials on Virginia’s heroin and prescription drug abuse crisis, as well as a treatment resource locator to help Virginians and their families connect with treatment resources in their community.

The relaunched www.HardestHitVA.com will host Attorney General Herring’s award-winning documentary “Heroin: The Hardest Hit,” which features Virginians telling their own stories of addiction, overdose and recovery, including testimony from parents who lost their children to an overdose, Virginians in long-term recovery, and law enforcement and healthcare professionals working to address the problem. on Dec 05 2016

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November 29 Addiction Recovery eBulletin

NOVEMBER 27, 2016, 11:10 AM – John Shinholser and Honesty Liller of the McShin Foundation in Virginia offer life-saving help to individuals fighting for a second chance. on Dec 01 2016
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AG Herring will host screening of award-winning opioid documentary

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) – Attorney General Mark Herring and the McShin Foundation, a Henrico-based recovery community organization, will host a one-year anniversary screening of “Heroin: The Hardest Hit,” the award-winning documentary produced by Attorney General Herring to raise awareness of the heroin and prescription drug abuse crisis.


The film will screen on December 5, at 6 p.m. at the McShin Foundation, on Dumbarton Road in Richmond. on Dec 01 2016

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Chesterfield sheriff launches new program for addicted women as part of larger shift in services

When Chesterfield County Sheriff Karl Leonard broke the news, Jessica Esposito cradled her head in her hands and cried quietly.

The room of female inmates fell silent; some shifted uncomfortably in their seats.

Taylor Grow had been clean for seven months, Leonard said. But that past Saturday, after he had been released, Grow used again. He eventually died after being on life support. He was 24. on Nov 23 2016

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Great Nonprofit Bosses in RVA Nominees 2016

Honesty Liller, Chief Executive Officer, The McShin Foundation


“She is a living embodiment of the hope and positivity that can lead to a beautiful life in recovery. Honesty has created a work environment where the seriousness of the disease we fight against is balanced with laughter, joy and an understanding of self-care.” on Nov 22 2016

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Former addict believes new classification of ‘drug addiction’ will save lives

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. -- Just five days ago, recovering addict Justin Ray lived behind bars, but now he's trying to live a normal life in a recovery house, something he has never really done as an adult.


"I started using drugs and alcohol when I was 13, and I'll be 25 tomorrow," Ray said.

Ray's addiction led to jail time.

He said he would still be using drugs today if he hadn't learned about the McShin Recovery Foundation while in jail. on Nov 18 2016

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Gathering community to aid those with addictions

McKenzie Payne is a wife and mother and operates her own business. With her enthusiasm and energy, she would seem to have a lot going for her, and she does.

But it was not always so.

She struggled with alcohol addiction as a teenager, and when she tried to stop, she couldn’t. It wasn’t until others stepped forward to guide her out of the darkness that Payne, 36, was able to get her life on track. on Nov 15 2016
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Recovery support leaders want share of funding pie

Leaders who have pioneered innovative recovery support services emphasized to congressional staffers this week that a failure to distinguish between recovery and treatment services leaves recovery support organizations largely out of the federal funding equation. on Nov 06 2016
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America's opioid epidemic shattering women's lives

Women fighting addiction to prescription painkillers tell stories of losing children and loved ones. on Nov 06 2016
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ConnectVA Spotlight: Honesty Liller, The McShin Foundation

My name is Honesty Liller, and I’m the CEO of The McShin Foundation. I am a person in long-term recovery from a Substance Use Disorder (SUD) for over nine years. Since I am in active recovery I am able to help others with SUD’s and guide them in their personal recovery. on Oct 12 2016
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THE VOICE FOR RECOVERY ON CAPITOL HILL: Q&A WITH CAROL MCDAID

Carol McDaid is a registered federal lobbyist with over 25 years of legislative experience in Washington. Her past successes include leading the Parity NOW coalition that supported the passage of the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008. The Q&A below features information on the policy aspects and future directions of the recovery movement.

How did you get started as a lobbyist for recovery?

on Oct 12 2016
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John Shinholser: Addicts do recover and we should say it out loud

By John Shinholser September was national recovery month for Substance Use Disorders, the one month out of the year we ask those 23 million citizens in successful recovery to live their recovery out loud, let the country know “we do recover.”


It is equally important for families in recovery to live their family recovery out loud as well: This is the only way we can reduce the stigma associated with addictions. And we can do it not only in September, but all year long. on Oct 04 2016

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Coalition Aims To Curb Heroin Epidemic

Watch the video to see how McShin is joining the Coalition HERE! on Sep 30 2016
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Recovering heroin addict who lost everything, now helping others battle addiction

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. -- Michael Quinn never thought he would be working at The McShin Foundation helping people with their addictions.


The Henrico native juggles phone calls all day. People on the other end of the line are at the end of their rope.

“My job includes helping people find a way out of despair,” said Quinn.

Quinn can relate. Growing up in the near west end he seemingly had everything on the surface. But in reality he was hiding a secret. on Sep 28 2016

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'No life worth having like this': A former Mills Godwin High School soccer player’s story of addiction, desperation and recovery

Part I: ‘I’d see you in a morgue’ Andrew Nelson was high on Xanax the morning of Halloween during his junior year, when he and his brother buckled into his beat-up, white Toyota Corolla bound for Mills Godwin High School.

Andrew had taken 10 pills the previous night, maybe a dozen. On the four-lane roads leading to school, he sped to 60, 70 mph. He screeched into a parking spot and scraped the car next to him, dragging his front quarter panel against its doors.

They were late, as usual, so Andrew bolted for the building. He left the car in drive and his door open. Minutes later, during the Pledge of Allegiance, he passed out, his head on the desk. Administrators called for his mother, Debbie, and she took Andrew home. on Sep 28 2016

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How next mayor plans to help RVA drug addicts recover wtvr.com

RICHMOND, Va. -- Facing Richmond’s opiate epidemic, seven of the mayoral candidates pledged support for drug addiction and mental healthcare solutions at a recent forum of the McShin Foundation.


"Someone mentioned we have to break the stigma of addiction," Richmond mayoral candidate Jon Baliles said. "I’m pretty sure I’m not speaking for all the candidates, but I’m pretty sure that none of us haven’t been through friends or family through something with an addiction or mental health issue. We’ve all seen it."

Baliles said that he would look into expanding services for recovering addicts as well as establishing substance abuse and mental health education and screening programs in the city’s public schools.

on Sep 27 2016
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Faces of Recovery: Acupuncture offers alternative to opioids

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Brittany Stigall sits back and breathes out as needles are inserted into her ear. This is a milestone moment for her. However, with the good comes a battle she has been fighting for more than three years.

“I’ve been clean for almost 60 days, so I have a lot of things coming back to me,” she says quietly.

Stigall is in recovery for heroin addiction. Pain she numbed with drugs is a reality again. It is why she is trying something new today to manage it.

“Around here, a lot of people call me Doc Floyd,” explains Floyd Herdrich. on Sep 22 2016

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VCU, local groups partner to fight opioid crisis, help addicts recover

Inside a second floor classroom of Harris Hall, VCU political science professor Eric King delivered a lecture to his dozens of POLI 343 “Black Political Thought” students.


On this day in early September, King scribbled in black marker the Latin words “dominus,” meaning master, or owner, and “potens,” meaning potential or powerful, across the whiteboard at the front of the room.

Both words, he said, amount to different forms of – or threats to – power.

on Sep 20 2016
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Families affected by opioid addiction tell their stories to mayoral hopefuls

Anne Moss Rogers knows the pain of losing a son to addiction.
Her son, Charles Rogers, 20, died after a short battle with painkillers, heroin and depression.
On Monday evening, Rogers told her story, along with several other addict families, to candidates vying to become Richmond’s next mayor.
Rogers told the mayoral hopefuls that there were few resources to help her son. Rogers committed suicide one week after being turned away from a psychiatric facility. on Sep 20 2016
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McShin Foundation holds forum with Richmond mayoral hopefuls

Candidates to become Richmond’s next mayor were asked to first listen, not talk, Monday as those affected by addiction and its consequences drilled down on barriers to treatment and recovery in a community wracked by drug dependency. on Sep 20 2016
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Mental health issues take centerstage at mayoral forum

The McShin Foundation is hosting the Recovery Listening Forum, which gets underway at 6 p.m. at 2300 Dumbarton Road. The event will include hors d'oevres at 5:30 p.m. on Sep 20 2016
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McShin Foundation 7th Annual BBQ State Championship Results

Click to view the McShin Foundation's BBQ Team Results from September 10, 2016 on Sep 16 2016
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The 2016 BBQ and Recovery Fest Press Release

The McShin Foundation hosted it's 12th Annual Recovery Fest and 7th Annual KCBS BBQ State Championship on September 10th, 2016 on Sep 16 2016
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The graduates: Addicts find recovery, hope in Chesterfield County Jail’s heroin program

In many ways, it seemed like any other graduation.


The ceremony began in the usual manner with a series of speeches – some humorous and poignant recollections of bygone days, others exhorting the new graduates to go out into the world and make a difference.

It concluded shortly after the presentation of certificates, followed by congratulations from family and friends. There were hugs and handshakes, smiles and tears.

But for the four recovering heroin addicts recognized last Thursday night on the second floor of the county jail, graduation represents something far more meaningful than simply beginning the next phase of their lives.

on Sep 15 2016
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John | September 9, 2016

John Shinholser is President of the McShin Foundation, a provider of detox and recovery services and sober living residences in the Richmond area. Founded in 2004, the organization supports individuals and their families in recovering from addiction, and appeals to government agencies and community groups to reduce the stigma of addiction and reframe the way substance use disorders are understood and confronted. on Sep 09 2016
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Secretary Clinton And Mr. Trump: Meet The Inmates Facing Addiction In The Chesterfield County Jail

One of the final stops on my 2,500-mile trek to the Democratic National Convention was Chesterfield County, Virginia. Two weeks ago, before leaving my hometown, Los Angeles, I received a call from John Shinholser, founder of the McShin Foundation in Richmond, Virginia. He told me something very special is happening in Chesterfield. A Republican elected Sheriff is investing in recovery services for inmates through a new program that Shinholser and the Sheriff are leading, called the Heroin Addiction Recovery Program (aka HARP). And they are doing it without help from the local, state, or federal governments. In fact, the Sheriff is funding the entire program from his own budget because he came to the realization that the way our country has been doing business with respect to incarcerating those suffering from addiction was not working… and will never work. So John and the Sheriff created their own innovative approach. I was intrigued and had to see what is happening there with my own eyes. on Aug 02 2016
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My Life: Recovery is a blessing

by Honesty Liller
I sit here in my office looking at all my pictures of my family and friends on my pink walls (my home away from home).
Today, I celebrate nine years of long-term recovery from a substance use disorder.

on Jul 27 2016
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Officers forced to change tactics as Fentanyl deaths soar

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Deaths from the powerful painkiller Fentanyl are soaring in Virginia, and 8News has learned it’s changing the way law enforcement is responding to overdoses.

“I knew what Fentanyl was, I knew it was more potent, I knew it was the supposedly most potent opioid in the world and I started seeking that out specifically,” admits former addict Ryan Nichols.

When the high from heroin was no longer enough, the Richmonder turned to the potent painkiller. It’s the same drug that killed musical icon Prince back in April. on Jul 01 2016

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Fentanyl, heroin overdoses contributing to backlog at state crime lab

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Fentanyl is a powerful and popular drug, especially for users looking to get high when heroin is no longer enough. The Department of Forensic Science says they are seeing fentanyl show up more and more in their opioid overdose testing.

Chasing a high he could no longer get from snorting heroin, 34-year-old Ryan Nichols turned to fentanyl. "I knew that it was dangerous, it was more potent," said Nichols. "I knew that it took less to get the desired effect. At the time, I really didn't care about the dangerous part of it. I just wanted something that was stronger."

Fentanyl is same the prescription opioid that killed Prince. on Jun 30 2016

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Fentanyl now Va.'s deadliest painkiller

The drug that killed Prince in April caused more deaths in Virginia last year than any other prescription painkiller.

Fentanyl, a prescription opioid that is up to 100 times stronger than morphine, has become a black-market drug rivaling heroin in the U.S., now that cartels have discovered how to make it in labs in Mexico and South America.

Honesty Liller, CEO of the McShin Foundation, an addiction recovery organization, said she does not hear addicts talking specifically about wanting to take fentanyl. More often, they’re looking for heroin, she said.

But in the past two months, the urine screens they require of their clients have shown a huge increase in fentanyl use, further suggesting that the drug often is laced with heroin. on Jun 14 2016

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THE MCSHIN FOUNDATION: PROVIDING A NEW START

THE NEW HEROIN Heroin is back. In Virginia, the number of deaths from a heroin overdose has more than doubled in the past three years. Rockbridge County is not immune. The Rockbridge County Drug Task Force says it has seen a 150 percent increase in both heroin possession and trafficking cases in the last year. Heroin was a popular recreational drug in the 1970s and 1980s, but lost its relevance with cocaine’s rise in popularity. Now heroin is back, and it’s cheaper, stronger and more addictive than ever before...


Stas Novitsky, the director of youth and family development at the McShin Foundation, first tried marijuana at 17. Soon after, he started doing cocaine and then heroin.

“My friends started doing heroin and up until that point I was super against heroin and needles,” he said. “Then I tried heroin and my thought became, ‘I don’t like needles unless they have heroin in them.’ That led me down the rabbit hole of addiction even further.”

on Jun 03 2016
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Rappers must change the message -

An Editorial by Honesty Brackett Liller

Recently in a Manhattan night club the headlining act was the popular Atlanta-based rapper, T.I. His opening acts, rappers Maino and Uncle Murda, were on stage performing when the shots rang out. One man died and three others were wounded.

This type of incident is all too common in the violent world of gangster rap. The culture surrounding gangster rap is the No. 1 problem in our country. It’s a culture that destroys those who fully embrace it, regardless of race or socioeconomic status. Every aspect of that culture should be judged, criticized and condemned by all. It’s not a racial issue. It’s a cultural issue that for whatever reason disproportionately affects African-Americans. How we got to this point matters less than how we fix it.

on Jun 01 2016
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Speaker, John Shinholser, Part of this East Coast Initiative to Inspire Change.

Press Release

Speakers for Change, LLC

Currently, Speakers for Change offers well known recovery speakers, like Virginia's own, John Shinholser, who leads the way in recovery related services and is President of The McShin Foundation here in Richmond. A speaker bureau opens to serve East Coast communities with affordable, informed speakers to address the tough topic of addiction. Speakers for Change, will focus exclusively on bringing speakers on addiction, prevention, recovery, and advocacy into communities to educate others and inspire change,

on Jun 01 2016
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Authorities in VA debate how to treat addictions

Timothy Starr asked a Chesterfield County judge to send him to jail for 90 days. He could’ve been out in 10 days for driving with a suspended license, but Starr thought a extra few months behind bars might save his life.


Starr, 27, first used heroin as a teenager in jail. Now he’s among about 30 inmates in Chesterfield who attend daily counseling sessions as part of a program meant to help them kick their addictions.

on Jun 01 2016
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Foundation Helps Addicts Recover as Opioid Deaths Soar

Scraps of newspaper obituaries, photographs of the departed and handwritten notes in memory of loved ones collage the bottom third of a sectioned-off piece of the wall at the McShin Foundation’s intake office.

The delicate ensemble pays homage to lives lost to addiction – a tangible mnemonic indicative of a statewide epidemic. Inches to the right, the rest of the wall is covered with photos of smiling faces, separated from the deceased only by a faint line of demarcation.

“This is how we keep track of people when they leave housing,” said Michael Quinn, the intake specialist at the foundation, a local nonprofit recovery community organization. “If they’re doing well they’re above the line. People will come in all the time and kind of shift things around so we can keep better track of how people are doing.” on May 17 2016

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Speaker, John Shinholser, Part of this East Coast Initiative to Inspire Change.

Press Release Speakers for Change, LLC May10, 2016 | For Immediate Release Press Contact: Tracy Smith, Founder | Cell 609-703-8408 | Office 609-445-5121 Email - Tracy@speakersforchange.org | Website: www.speakersforchange.org Business: Speakers for Change, LLC PO Box 960 Cologne 08213 A speaker bureau opens to serve East Coast communities with affordable, informed speakers to address the tough topic of addiction. Speakers for Change, will focus exclusively on bringing speakers on addiction, prevention, recovery, and advocacy into communities to educate others and inspire change, http://speakersforchange.org/philosophy/ on May 11 2016
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Heroin addicts asking for longer jail stay because of popular new recovery program

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. -- More than 850 people have died in Virginia this year as a result of overdoses, making drug overdoses responsible for more deaths than car accidents, according to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

Chesterfield County has experienced 50 overdoses and 14 deaths since January.

The alarming statistic prompted the Chesterfield Sheriff’s Office to start a recovery program using its own financial resources, and volunteers from addiction recovery organizations, like the McShin Foundation. on May 11 2016

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Recovery Road: The Heroin and Opiate Epidemic in Virginia

Andrew Nelson, an 18-year-old senior at Mills E. Godwin High School, spends his free time playing soccer and writing music.

On the surface, he is like any other teenager, but, behind his fun-loving personality, there is a struggle. This struggle is known to many Virginians, and that is the struggle of addiction. on May 10 2016

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Prince's death reportedly linked to opioid addiction

Just a week after Prince's death, authorities say the musician had opioid medication on him when he was found in his Minnesota home.

Opiate use and abuse isn't isolated to rock-stars with experts saying it's a growing problem across the country and here in Central Virginia. on May 03 2016

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McShin Foundation Donations Press Release

on May 03 2016
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Free, One Time Detox Help

on May 03 2016
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ATTORNEY GENERAL HERRING RECOGNIZED FOR ONGOING EFFORTS TO COMBAT HEROIN AND OPIOID ABUSE

ATTORNEY GENERAL HERRING RECOGNIZED FOR ONGOING EFFORTS TO COMBAT HEROIN AND OPIOID ABUSE on Apr 27 2016
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Attorney General Mark Herring addresses heroin and opioid epidemic

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring took on the growing heroin and prescription drug epidemic in the Commonwealth during the McShin ... on Apr 27 2016
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Task force suggests 14 guidelines to help battle opioid abuse

RICHMOND, VA. --Virginia is trying to tackle the growing epidemic of opioid abuse. A recently created task force is now on the front lines with new guidelines for emergency room workers to follow. on Apr 14 2016
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Chesterfield sheriff launches program for opioid addicts

Brian Coddington, 29, relapsed two weeks into another second chance last month.

He was out on bond and in a recovery program, awaiting a court date in Chesterfield County on charges stemming from his heroin addiction.

This time, for once, he knew exactly what to do. So on March 23 his mother drove him to the Chesterfield jail on Mimms Road, where he met his bail bondsman and turned himself over to the custody of Sheriff Karl Leonard. on Apr 14 2016

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Correspondence: Common sense has role in recovery

Editor, Times-Dispatch: Make no mistake about it: Our current epidemic of substance use disorders — opiate overdoses and alcoholism included — is a result of our culture. We allow our lawmakers to enact some of the worst, most irresponsible drug laws known to civilization. Bureaucratic agencies assigned to help are basically inept. Community service boards and the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services are really not wired with common sense — almost everyone knows this. on Apr 14 2016
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Newspaper Shies From Heroin As Cause Of Death

A woman whose daughter died of a heroin overdose in Charlottesville recently found that the local newspaper refused to allow the cause of death in the obituary.

During March, people placing obits in the Daily Progress were citing cancer, Alzheimer’s, and pneumonia--or just saying that their loved one gained angel wings. Nobody died of a heroin overdose.

Except that someone did--25-year-old Betsy Gilbertson. Her mother, Anne Elise Hudson, is speaking out. “Her life was taken by her addiction. I think that’s important for everybody...”

The newspaper however, emailed Hudson to call that too “sensitive,” but declined to explain more.

“You know, addiction’s a very taboo subject.” That's Michael Quinn of the McShin Foundation, a Richmond non-profit claiming that cheap, impure heroin killed over 30 Central Virginians in early March. He says saving lives starts with information, and Betsy’s mother agrees. “It’s very widespread, but if we keep it as a secret, as something too shameful to admit, nothing will happen.” on Mar 30 2016

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Heroin addicts seek a fresh start in an unlikely venue: the county jail

George thought he had beaten heroin. After 3 ½ years of hard-earned sobriety, the Massachusetts native was feeling healthy, strong and optimistic about a future without drugs. It took just one slip to send him tumbling back into the familiar cycle of addiction, despair, crime and, ultimately, incarceration. (George, not his real name, spoke to the Observer on the condition of anonymity.) “I was out driving one day – wasn’t even thinking of using – and the next thing I know, I’m at the dope man’s house,” he said, shaking his head almost imperceptibly at the memory. on Mar 30 2016
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Vigil held in Henrico for heroin overdose victims; hospitalized woman seems to be improving

Taylor Garris was awake and alert in her hospital bed Tuesday, responding to questions with hand signals but still unable to speak after a heroin overdose. Nearly a week after she was found wrapped in a blanket on Southgate Street in Chesterfield County, Garris seems to be improving. on Mar 22 2016
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The Caroline County Recovery Community Program: A Life-Saving Alternative

On Tuesday, March 15th, Frank Brewer spoke on behalf of the Caroline County Recovery Community Program during public comments before the Board of Supervisors in Bowling Green, Virginia. The Caroline County Recovery Community Program currently receives $30,000 a year from the county for a program designed to keep otherwise good people who suffer from drug addiction, out of jail and tied into a community of recovery-focused counseling. Mr. Brewer brought with him several local Caroline residents currently in this program. Each of these participants talked about taking responsibility for their lives and praised the program, not for keeping them out of jail, but for allowing them to reenter the job market, to be able to get married, to raise their children, and to be productive, working people. Many of them admitted that without the program, they might not even be alive today. Addiction typically has only three final results: prison, institution, or death – if untreated. on Mar 18 2016
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Prayer vigil to support local families

A prayer vigil was held Tuesday evening to support the Garris family and other community families that have lost loved ones to drug addiction. The vigil was held in Henrico at the Mcshin Foundation, Virginia’s leading non-profit, full service recovery center. According to the McShin Foundation, there have been nearly 30 heroin related deaths over the past week in Central Virginia. The Garris family of Powhatan County recently suffered two tragedies due to heroin abuse. on Mar 09 2016
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Stakeholder summit sharpens message embracing all pathways to recovery

The organizer of a daylong summit in which around 300 individuals participated believes the crises facing the treatment and recovery communities demand abandoning personal biases against various forms of treatment and support. on Mar 09 2016
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Families Mourn Heroin Victims at Vigil

In Chesterfield, the heroin epidemic is the worst it's been in years. Police said in just the past two months, there have been more than 40 overdoses and 10 deaths. One of them was 26-year-old Travis Garris, who lost his battle to heroin addiction just last week. A vigil was held for him and other victims at the McShin Foundation in Henrico on Tuesday. on Mar 09 2016
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Former Miss USA speaks to local teens, prisoners about heroin epidemic

Former Miss USA Tara Conner spoke candidly about drug addiction and recovery on Monday to several Richmond residents, including young recovering addicts and inmates. Conner talked to inmates at the Henrico County jail and to several teens and young adults at the McShin Foundation, Virginia’s leading non-profit, full service recovery center. on Mar 09 2016
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McShin Foundation drug abuse summit in Henrico

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Saturday, more than 200 people attended the first McShin Foundation “Recovery Summit” in Henrico. Some were seeking help for themselves while others were seeking help for love ones. The McShin Foundation offers free services to people in need of addition recovery support. on Feb 28 2016
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Surge in opioid addiction, limited funding have led to crisis in Virginia

Kristin Roope knew she’d be dead soon, and most nights she wished for it. The need for pain pills or heroin was overpowering, as if nothing else in life mattered. More, her body demanded, whatever the cost. on Feb 28 2016
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Understanding addiction is key to lowering deaths, societal costs

Stas Novitsky thought moving 600 miles away would help him resist the urge to use heroin. It didn’t. on Feb 18 2016
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Virginia opioid overdoses hit new high

The bottom third of a sectioned-off piece of the wall at the McShin Foundation’s intake office pays homage to lives lost to addiction. Scraps of newspaper — excerpts of obituaries, names, faces and notes are subtle reminders of a growing epidemic. on Feb 10 2016
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Amid spike in heroin deaths, Virginia Beach police to carry lifesaving drug

Early next year, Virginia Beach police officers will become the first in the state to carry naloxone, a lifesaving drug that can immediately reverse the effects of an overdose of heroin or prescription painkillers. It’s part of a broader effort, authorized by a new law that took effect in July, to provide naloxone to anyone – including addicts themselves – who might be able to keep an overdose from turning fatal. on Jan 19 2016
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State wants Pilot Drug Program in Virginia Beach

Honesty Liller had been drinking and taking pills all day when she decided to snort heroin at a house party. Soon she lay on a bed in the throes of an overdose. Her lips turned blue. Dying breaths rattled her lungs. At the party downstairs, no one wanted to call for help, for fear of alerting authorities. A friend she called before passing out showed up and dialed 911. on Jan 19 2016
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Amid spike in heroin deaths, Virginia Beach police to carry lifesaving drug

Early next year, Virginia Beach police officers will become the first in the state to carry naloxone, a lifesaving drug that can immediately reverse the effects of an overdose of heroin or prescription painkillers. It’s part of a broader effort, authorized by a new law that took effect in July, to provide naloxone to anyone – including addicts themselves – who might be able to keep an overdose from turning fatal. on Dec 22 2015
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McShin - on call 12

Honesty Liller along with Stas Novisky and Brandi Finchman and Michael Quinn volunteered on Call 12 line live helping those with addiction! on Nov 30 2015
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Caroline County Earns National Achievement Award

NACo recognized Caroline County's Recovery Community Program in the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Category.

on Nov 30 2015
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Addicts & families rally together while dealing with drug abuse

n an attempt to change the stigma surrounding drug addiction, recovering addicts and families are standing up to share their stories of suffering and loss. It is an effort spearheaded by the McShin Foundation and includes recent Town Hall-style meetings for people in the community. on Nov 30 2015
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Recovering heroin addict says he wants to help other students

He was Deep Run High school's class president, a soccer stand out, and upon graduation... a drug addict. Stas Novitsky says his addiction developed shortly after graduation, which was a path that led to several arrests, and it almost led to his death. He says it started with alcohol, then marijuana, then cocaine and then heroin. on Nov 30 2015
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Speaker Delivers Hope To Recovering Addicts

Harold Dispatch Times Article

on Nov 25 2015
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McShin's own Stas Novitsky makes the news in Berryville!

“We help people who have been affected by drugs or alcohol and we provide a safe place for them to come to learn about recovering. To find a sponsor, attend meetings and basically turn their life around and become productive members of society,” said director of family recovery, Stas Novitsky. on Nov 25 2015
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Godwin senior’s battle with addiction

Godwin senior Andrew Nelson now acknowledges what he is.

He must do so in order to maintain what he is not.

What Nelson knows is that he is a drug addict.

on May 03 2016
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