The National Health Crisis Tearing Families Apart

  By Lindsey Grant   In 2005, Stephen Hayes* lost custody of his child to the Georgia foster care system. It happened because of Hayes’ addiction to opioids. What began as a prescription medication to ease the pain of an on-the-job back injury, developed into a near insatiable heroin addiction.   The First Dose After being prescribed Hydrocodone, Hayes did feel relief for his injury, but soon after he recognized his dependence on the drug. “I struggled with alcohol addiction in high school and part of my early 20s. I knew what addiction felt like, but my doctor never told me the risk I was taking when he prescribed them.” Hayes says the medicine came with quite a few refills but eventually his back got better and the refills ended.   From Prescription Drugs to Heroin For a few days after Hayes ran out of the last bottle, he thought he could get through the withdrawal and everything would be fine. Hayes’ wife and the mother to his son Mitchell* had been out of the picture for a while, so he knew he needed to be there for his son.   “I tried to ignore the pain. I knew was in my head since my back injury had completely healed, but this was different from drying out when I was trying to quit drinking. So, I went and found the first dealer selling heroin, and that’s when the switch flipped.” Hayes held together the façade that everything was okay at home for three months, but eventually things fell apart when his addiction became worse. He relied on his mother,...

Young Writer Gets Opportunity of Lifetime

Alyssa Hendrix, a journalism student at Georgia State University (GSU) recently had the opportunity to go on a private CNN tour led by CNN digital news editor Monte Plott. While there, she was able to see the hustle and bustle of the CNN Newsroom up close and personal.   Hendrix also gained insight into how important getting accurate and up-to-date news is for every journalist. Just one misstep makes it difficult to gain back an audience’s trust. “The only thing we (journalists) have going for us is credibility,” says Plott. “If we lose that — if get things wrong, doesn’t matter why or how we got them wrong, just that we screwed up — then we’re out of business.”   CNN is is well known and respected across the globe and Hendrix expressed her awe over being able to visit the world headquarters. “For many journalists, working for CNN is the ultimate goal – and to go there and see it makes me feel like it could be within my grasp,” says...

An Introduction to the Writer

DANIELLE “DANI” GRANT Danielle Grant studies Journalism and Political Science at Georgia State University (GSU). She enjoys the public relations aspect of journalism most, and this reflects in her current occupation as a client coordinator and social media manager at Jamison Shaw Hairdressers.    At Southeast Whitfield High School, she was a member of student government and a writer for the school newspaper, the Southeast Sentinel. Upon graduating as a Whitfield County Scholar, she enrolled at GSU to pursue her career in public relations.   Born in the small town of Dalton in North Georgia, Grant took an early interest in the written word. Grant volunteers regularly at the Humane Society of Northwest Georgia. Before moving to Atlanta, she also frequently volunteered at City of Refuge, a homeless shelter organized by Antioch Baptist Church. At Georgia State, she is a member of Active Minds,  educating others about the prevalence of mental illness.    Danielle’s career goal is to be a public relations manager for politicians and work on campaigns across the United States. Following graduation, she plans to intern for political campaign leading up to the 2020 election.. She wants to prove herself as an invaluable member of the campaign team to reach her ultimate...

Blog Revisions

After participating in the survey, I went back to my site and edited every single post on my blog. My goal was to make my site more functional, uniform, and inviting to users. I began by giving my posts better titles and making them uniform. Before, my titles were exactly what the assignment was with no creativity or thought provoking one liners. Now I have tried to come up with an attention grabbing titles that draw the audience in but are still adequate indicators of what the assignment post is. This means that my titles that used to be “Reading Summary One, ‘Architectural Exclusion: Discrimination And Segregation Through Physical Design Of The Build Environment’ by Sarah Schindler” is now titled “Reading Summary 1 – Unit 1 – Destroying Opportunities Through Architectural Exclusion”. I also went back and tagged all of my posts. Before few of them were tagged, and now all of them are tagged in great detail so that users of my site can better explore my research. I also considered if any of my posts could fit into more than the single category I had originally placed them in, and a few could fit into multiple categories, so I made that revision as well. Lastly, I went through every post in order to correct my spacing, especially my first ones from when I was still learning how to use my site and design posts. I believe that these changes have made my blog much more functional and overall will be better for users of my site working to understand the research I did over the course of...
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