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Congress ups support for opioid fight

Compassion | Billions of dollars approved for treatment and overdose prevention
by Rob Holmes
Posted 10/10/18, 04:40 pm

The U.S. Senate passed a bipartisan opioid bill last week that authorizes new tools and $8.5 billion to combat the nationwide crisis of overdose and death fueled by synthetic drugs such as fentanyl.

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Unemployment at lowest level in nearly half a century

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 10/05/18, 11:29 am

Unemployment rates in the United States are the lowest they’ve been in decades, the Labor Department reported Friday. Though companies added fewer jobs than expected in September—likely because Hurricane Florence dampened business activity in the South—the month’s unemployment rate fell to 3.7 percent, the lowest since 1969.

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Handcrafted recovery

Effective Compassion | An Indianapolis furniture shop is a place of healing and job skills training for former addicts
by Russ Pulliam
Posted 8/30/18, 11:29 am

Jesse Slaugh sees his time behind bars in Indiana as one of the best events of his 42-year-old life.

He wound up free of opioid abuse, with a new outlook on life and a job building handcrafted furniture.

These days he works at a small business, Purposeful Design, which makes custom furniture and offers work for formerly homeless men who have been through rehab at an Indianapolis rescue mission. Purposeful Design assumes that Christian faith and work opportunity are as vital for the opioid crisis as a top-notch medical response.

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