The game changers: 12 bold attempts to slow the opioid epidemic []


The spiral of opioid addictions and overdoses is unrelenting. But there are bright spots all across the country: Men and women working in classrooms and courtrooms, in private labs and public offices, in clinics and on the street — all trying to find the next big way to save lives.

STAT has identified 12 potential game changers that could begin to bend the curve of the opioid epidemic. Some of these are experimental ideas, not yet subjected to rigorous clinical trials or peer review. But they’re intriguing enough that public health experts and addiction counselors are eager to learn more.

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Hi Brad,

This was a new social media format for me too.  However, I learned over time how it really made it so easy for people from all across the nation and even beyond to collaborate on their shared interest in ACEs science. 

If it is helpful, there are basically two types of groups:  geographic groups and interest based groups - this is in addition to the ACEs Connection Network.  It is through these groups that information specific to a geographic region or on a specific topic can be shared - in addition to the daily digest. 

I hope this is helpful and that you will be able to find your like-minded colleagues on this network!  


Hi, Brad: I'm the founder and publisher of ACEs Connection Network, comprising, a news site for the general public, and, a social network for people who are implementing trauma-informed and resilience-building practices based on ACEs science. Currently, there are more than 15,500 members of ACEs Connection.

Samantha Sangenito is our daily admin; she selects several articles and posts summaries and links to them twice a day; from those, she chooses a few for the daily digest, which she sends out to members every morning. These articles come from a wide array of sources, including news sites, research organizations, etc.

Any posts that aren't by Samantha are by members of ACEs Connection or our team. For example, Elizabeth Prewitt is the ACEs Connection Network policy and legislative analyst; she did a post about a policy brief on the opioid epidemic. Anndee Hochman is a member of ACEs Connection and a freelance writer who did this article for Mobilizing Action for Resilient Communities, and cross-posted it here. Edith Guerts is an ACEs Connection member who lives in the Netherlands, and she posted an article about trauma-informed teaching there.

Cheers, Jane

Jane, Thanks!

I’m still a little fuzzy, but I think the content by various people is offered/featured by ACES connection.

I should clarify that it was not your content that I was concerned about.

Do you speak for ACES connection?

Regards, Brad

Hi, Brad: Thanks for commenting. We find articles about issues and organizations that are implementing trauma-informed and resilience-building practices based on ACEs science, or highlight issues where they should be.

Since most of the members of ACEs Connection are implementing -- or thinking about implementing -- trauma-informed and resilience-building practices based on ACEs science, we don't think we need to or should editorialize about the content.

Occasionally, we'll explain why we've posted articles or reports, however.

Thanks for your participation in this network.

All best, Jane

Thank you for some good information today.
I have no idea who I am addressing, unless it’s Samantha, whose byline and pic are here.

I am a new subscriber, very interested in ACES and the other issues I received email about this morning.
Several of the articles are informative and politically neutral.

If this is your blog, you should editorialize.
Just FYI, I may unsubscribe because of the absence of political balance in several of the articles.
All the best.
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