Thank you for your continued support!

WordPress-Donations-thank-you-note-in-every-language-flickr-creative-commons-440x300Happy New Year! Well 2014 is upon us and on behalf of the S.H.A.P.E. partnership I thank you for the continued support of our blog and project! Since we began the blog in 2010 it has been a fantastic journey. Our main goal was to get up to date, important information out to the community about HIV, Substance Abuse and older minorities. We accomplished that goal!

Unfortunately, we did not receive funding to sustain the S.H.A.P.E. project at full capacity beyond October 2013. This means that all the phenomenal Outreach Workers/Writers who maintained our blog are no longer with us. But we did not want you to think your support and comments went unnoticed! We appreciate the genuine feedback and comments over the years. As we seek and establish new funding to continue educating the community on HIV,  Substance Abuse and Hepatitis C we will keep our supporters in mind and informed. In the meantime, get educated, get tested and know your HIV and Hepatitis C status! By educating yourself the life you save could be your own!

Let’s continue to make a difference together!

Nicola Walker

Nonmedical use of prescription drugs and the link to heroin



There’s a new report out by the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) which shows that people aged 12 to 49 who had used prescription pain relievers nonmedically were 19 times more likely to have initiated heroin use recently (within the past 12 months of being interviewed) than others in that age group (0.39 percent  versus 0.02 percent). The report also shows that four out of five recent heroin initiates (79.5 percent) had previously used prescription pain relievers nonmedically.   Please see the entire news release here.

Up at night and binge drinking

Please see this important article on binge drinking and the likehood of insomnia.

Homelessness and HIV

15875599-hiv-aids-term-info-text-graphics-and-arrangement-with-circle-shape-conceptFor HIV-infected homeless individuals, basic needs, such as food, clothing, and shelter, often supersede considerations regarding routine HIV medical care.  Food, shelter, and  safety needs must be met before individuals can consider other issues that affect their lives. CLICK HERE TO READ ARTICLE

Prescription Painkiller Overdoses



About 18 women die every day of a prescription painkiller overdose in the U.S.   Read more of this important story here.

Prescription Painkiller Overdoses

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A growing epidemic, especially among women. Please read this story by the CDC.

  • More than 5 times as many women died from prescription painkiller overdoses in 2010 as in 1999.
  • Women between the ages of 25 and 54 are more likely than other age groups to go to the emergency department from prescription painkiller misuse or abuse. Women ages 45 to 54 have the highest risk of dying from a prescription painkiller overdose.*
  • Non-Hispanic white and American Indian or Alaska Native women have the highest risk of dying from a prescription painkiller overdose.
  • Prescription painkillers are involved in 1 in 10 suicides among women.