Drug And Alcohol Abuse Is Killing Americans

Ohio is in the midst of a deadly epidemic. Overdoses are the leading cause of death for Americans under 50, and Ohio leads the nation in opioid overdose deaths. Are we doing enough to stop it?

Dr. Jamile Wakim Fleming, a physician at the Cleveland Clinic and professor at Case Western Reserve University, is doing her part to educate people about the dangers of drugs and alcohol. Join her in the Main Library Auditorium on Thursday, July 20 at 7:00 p.m. as she presents her book, “How the Birds Stop Singing: Stories of Drug and Alcohol Abuse as Told to a Doctor.”

Dr. Fleming, whose career has focused on the prevention and treatment of illnesses that affect the liver, is passionate about keeping teens from using any form of addictive substance. She has seen an alarming increase in liver issues among young people, and says that 30 percent of cases on her floor at the Cleveland Clinic are alcohol or drug abuse related.

“How the Birds Stop Singing” grew out of her desire to educate people about the devastating effects of drugs and alcohol. She and her co-authors interviewed survivors of drug addiction about what drew them to use drugs or alcohol and the negative effects these substances had on their lives. In addition to personal stories, the book gives detailed information about the effects of drugs on the human body.

Join Dr. Wakim Fleming at the Lakewood Public Library on July 20 to hear her stories and advice on reining in our deadly epidemic. Books will be available for sale and signing at the event.

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Volume 13, Issue 13, Posted 3:03 PM, 07.05.2017