Monday, August 31, 2009

September is Recovery Month

Tomorrow is the first day of Recovery Month to honor and celebrate the lives of everyone both in recovery and those whose lives have been touched by the disease of addiction. We invite you to join us.  Recovery NC will be highlighting your stories and events all month long.  Want to be a part of the biggest month long celebration in North Carolina?  Here are some things you can do to make this the best recovery month celebration ever:


1.       Sign Up – our numbers are over 6000 but we still want to grow our list.  Signing up takes less time than checking your email and can be done by going to and entering your name and county.  Want to sign up more?  On that same page you can download our sign up sheet to get your friends, colleagues, neighbors and family to participate.  We would love to show a huge number before the end of September and we need your help to do it.


2.       Share your story.   While many websites post stories of people who have achieved recovery, we are interested in hearing those other voices in addition to the voices of persons in recovery. So, we encourage anyone who desires to tell a story from their perspective (a loved one – spouse, child, mother, father, sister, brother, cousin, etc. - best friend, advocate, provider of any services that assist persons on their roads to recovery as well as those who are in recovery from addiction) to select the template that you feel most comfortable using, or create your own unique story. Not all stories have a happy ending, but more do end happily than the American public realizes.  You can download the story templates from - we will post them anonymously per your request but want to remember and celebrate the lives of everyone that has experienced addiction.


3.       Share your event.  Every page of has a banner where you can find the event in North Carolina closest to you.  We encourage you to find an event near you or if you are hosting an event  please post it on or email – we’d like to let everyone know about the diversity of the celebrations in North Carolina by posting as many as we can.  Do you have a unique event in the state?  Let us know about it.  We’re excited to learn about your celebrations!


We hope everyone has a great September and look forward to hearing from you.  We want you to know that we are celebrating lives this month and hope your participation with Recovery NC and makes your Recovery Month the best one yet!


Thanks and again – if you only do one thing this month to celebrate recovery Sign Up and get a friend to Sign Up – our strength is in our numbers,


Donna M. Cotter - RecoveryNC Coordinator


Monday, August 24, 2009

Fetal Personhood - What Would It Mean

NASW-NC is a member of the NC Women United coalition.  Please direct questions to Gailya below.



   Please join us at our 'Fetal Personhood - What Would It Mean' event on Thursday, August 27, at 7pm at Temple Beth Or in Raleigh. 

   The fetal personhood legislation is a bold move, and it goes far beyond making abortion illegal. 

   Fetal Personhood involves establishing that fetuses, even fertilized eggs, are "persons" under the protection of the U.S. Constitution.  They define person as a human being at any stage of life, starting at fertilization!  Learn what such a bill would mean to women and families with regard to birth control, miscarriage, pregnancy, birth, abortion, illness, and end of life issues, among other things.   


   Fetal personhood legislation has been passed at some level in various states across the US.  See for the bill that passed the Senate in Montana


   Event: 'Fetal Personhood - What Would It Mean'

   Date:   8/27/09, Thursday

   Time:  7 p.m.

   Location: Temple Beth Or, 5315 Creedmoor Road, Raleigh NC


-Gailya Paliga

 Raleigh NOW



Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Anti-flu drugs Tamiflu and Relenza are equally effective, Stanford analysis finds

From the Disaster Taskforce NASW-NC is a member of:


Anti-flu drugs Tamiflu and Relenza are equally effective, Stanford analysis finds

By Lisa M. Krieger

Posted: 08/03/2009 03:27:44 PM PDT

Updated: 08/04/2009 05:39:08 AM PDT


The two medicines that have been used to combat swine flu are equally effective in fending off the miserable symptoms of fever, nausea and muscle aches, according to an analysis by Stanford researchers.


Yet there is no good data on the effectiveness of the drugs among different racial groups, or in the two groups most at risk of death from swine flu: the very young and those with weakened immune systems.


The two prescription drugs, Tamiflu and Relenza, "prevent symptoms equally, so you don't get sick with the flu," said Stanford pulmonologist and critical care specialist Nayer Khazeni, who led the team. "But there are a lot of groups that have not been studied.


"We need to know more," she said. "Our study identified the gaps in data and helped show those groups who might benefit from further study."


The drugs are regularly used to combat many strains of flu, from seasonal to the recent outbreak of swine flu, also known as H1N1. More than 65 nations have stockpiled millions of doses of the drugs for use during a flu pandemic. Such drugs are important weapons in physicians' defensive arsenal, especially since vaccines are not always developed in time to prevent infection, as was the case with swine flu.


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