Poetry Contest 2nd Place: The Drug in Me
This poem was one of two 2nd place winners in the 2019 Words Unlocked poetry contest hosted by the Center for Educational Excellence in Alternative Settings. I am white and crystalized, My world is through the eyes of people that see dark skies, I take him or her through it all, I am running through the veins when they overdose and fall, I love the addicts who come back for more, I get inside little girls and close the door, I don’t want to be me but I’m too scared to die, I can see everyone lie, I watch men rape girls and sell me, I am hard to make so they pay their fee, I see the men who think their able to treat them and me this way, I know it’s all because they shoot me into their bodies every day, My name is tweak but the guys with the flashing lights call me methamphetamine, Why live when people only want you to use, I want to win but they always get caught and I lose, I always end up taking a family away, Why can’t they just love me without all these prices to pay?
Top Stories of 2018: Terminating the Rights of Parents
We’re counting down 10 of the biggest stories The Imprint covered in 2018. Each day, we’ll connect readers with a few links to our coverage on a big story from 2018.
Costa’s Defense of Residential Treatment Left Someone Out
In his response to reporter Karen de Sá’s searing expose of the misuse and overuse of psychiatric medication on foster children in general and one case from his own institution in particular, Joseph Costa, CEO of Hillsides, serves up all the usual buzzwords and boilerplate.
Checklists, Big Data and the Virtues of Human Judgment
Los Angeles County struggles to strike the right balance between human judgment and increasingly sophisticated predictive tools when determining the risk that a child will be abused. On weekdays, calls to Los Angeles County’s child abuse hotline reach their peak between 2 p.m.
Eight Siblings, One Loving Adoptive Family
If someone would have told me 14 years ago that I would meet my soul mate on a silly little telephone dating service and we’d go on to have nine children I probably would have laughed out loud right before fainting from shock.
Principles of Adolescent Substance Use Disorder Treatment: A Research-Based Guide
The majority of adults who have substance abuse disorders began abusing drugs during adolescence and young adulthood. The adolescent brain is wired to take risks. For young people using drugs and alcohol it is important to seek substance abuse treatment as soon as possible in order to minimize the consequences later in life.
Watching Child Abuse Online
by Justin Pye Of the top six most viewed Youtube comedy videos, three feature infants. The world is obsessed with images of adorable children. But, there is a darker side to cute baby videos on the Internet.
Surgeon General Planning Three Reports on Youth Issues
United States Surgeon General Regina Benjamin is planning to focus on a number of a youth-related issues during President Barack Obama’s second term, according to her spokesperson, Gayle Converse. “Dr. Benjamin is currently working on several documents for future release on topics,” Converse said.