April 9, 2011

13th and Fee Lane (next to McNutt)

Indiana University
Bloomington, IN

Mission

To inspire a movement that recognizes substance addiction as a disease and presents the numerous resources and outlets people can utilize for recovery.

Purpose

A2M exists to assist those afflicted with substance addiction and guide them towards recovery and a healthy lifestyle. These goals are achieved through donations, fundraising, partnerships with addiction resource organizations, and most importantly, support from the Bloomington community.

Reform

Addicted to Music strives to reform both the substance-abuse culture of the IU and Bloomington community, and to promote proposed state legislation to restructure the legal treatment of substance offenders: The Jennifer Act.

The Jennifer Act



Jennifer Reynolds, 1979-2009


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Sharon Blair

Sharon Blair's daughter, Jennifer Reynolds, died on January 15, 2009 at the age of 29 after overdosing on prescription drugs. Since then, Blair has moved to Bloomington and teamed up with Senators Vi Simpson and Sue Errington. The lawmakers drafted the Jennifer Act (IN Senate Bill 380) and introduced it in January of 2010.

Jennifer had battled a drug addiction since she was 16 years old, and Blair says there was no help beyond the traditional 72-hour hold in place in most states.

According to Blair, "I didn't drop the ball. As a matter of fact, I was screaming at the rooftop of my house for help for my daughter, because I knew she wasn't going to make it if I couldn't get an intervention."

The help never came.

So now, a Bloomington mother is bringing her grassroots effort from Florida to Indiana.

It's called The Jennifer Act, and it's all about intervention, even if the person needing the help refuses to get treated for drug addiction.

(Reference: Lewis, Tisha. Bloomington Mother Pushes for New Law to Help Drug Addicts". Fox 59. July 13, 2010. )


The Jennifer Act Synopsis

The Jennifer Act bill will provide Drug and alcohol abuse commitments. Provides procedures for the involuntary commitment of a person due to alcohol or drug abuse. Requires the division of mental health and addiction to maintain and operate or contract for alcohol and drug rehabilitation facilities, including faith based facilities. The Jennifer Act bill requires the law enforcement academy to provide training regarding persons with alcohol or drug addictions, including training for involuntary commitments for alcohol or drug use. The Jennifer Act bill requires the department of correction and county jails to provide alcohol and drug rehabilitation to all offenders with alcohol or drug addictions.

(Reference: Committee on Corrections, Criminal, and Civil Matters. Indiana)

Click here to read the bill.