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Mothers with a Purpose group meets at Foothill High tonight

Original post made on Feb 9, 2012

Host guest speaker, Bradley Dehaven author of "Defining Moments." A suburban father's journey into his son's Oxy addiction. The group will meet at 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 9 at Foothill High School, 4375 Foothill Rd., Room C-6. Visit www.motherswithapurpose.org.

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Comments (10)

Posted by Dr. Gator, a resident of Amador Estates
on Feb 9, 2012 at 1:18 pm

Best of luck and prayers are our to all who are suffering through the addiction nightmare. Remember, there is a solution! Reach out for the help you need and put denial and egos behind, they are of NO help in this fight!


Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Feb 9, 2012 at 3:17 pm

There is no time to feel shame or regrets. Addiction is an equal opportunity nightmare that you tackle with anybody who is on your side.

Join the struggle to protect yourself, your children, your neighbors and fellow Americans.


Posted by clink, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 9, 2012 at 10:50 pm

Here's what I don't understand about prescription drug addictions. How does someone get enough pills to get addicted? When I go to the dentist she's hard pressed to give me a days worth of pain meds. I can't just walk into my doctors office and say, "Hey doc, give me a gallon of pain meds so I can get addicted." I'm serious. Now, I feel bad for the kids on narcotics. And I'm glad the mother's are getting together to stop it. But, there must be a drug source that is wide open as a corn field in winter.


Posted by My 2 cents, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 10, 2012 at 8:45 am

While I feel bad for these ladies whose kids are/were doing drugs, I don't see why they need to be making it an issue for the community. This group is pushing for the dogs at school, and they don't realize that it is not the solution.

Ladies: your kids did/do drugs, but that does not mean every kid is doing the same. Also, dogs will NOT BE ABLE to smell prescription drugs.

I agree with the post above: how were your kids able to get their hands in enough prescription drugs to become addicted? These are controlled medications, the pharmacy usually gives a month's supply and has limited refills, after that the doctor must give approval for a refill.

Do not make it everyone's problem, stop trying to push PUSD to do something just because you failed to supervise your kids and they ended up doing drugs.

I read on your website that it was this group who got the whole dog thing started, by inviting the FHS principal (or viceprincipal?) to their meeting and pushing for solutions


Posted by afraid and isolated, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 10, 2012 at 11:08 am

M2c,
You are unfairly harsh.
This is a group that is caring and important. They have created a support group for a population who have been afraid and isolated. They have taken risks to support others.
I agree that the well intended advocacy is having unintended consequences. I do hope they step back and consider their message of advocacy and how it can be supportive to families in crisis and not encourage harsh and punitive responses that cause further damage.


Posted by Stacey, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Feb 10, 2012 at 11:23 am

Stacey is a registered user.

PUSD's written policy about drug dogs should include some words to the effect that the dogs must be qualified at detecting particular substances. And the list of which substances would be revised annually based on which drugs are trending upwards and therefore constitute a "heightened concern" that justifies having the dogs there in the first place.


Posted by My 2 cents, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 10, 2012 at 11:30 am

"They have created a support group for a population who have been afraid and isolated. They have taken risks to support others"

THey have done more than that. They have pushed for the dog drugs. Go ahead and support everyone who wants to be involved in the group, but do not push programs into schools where many don't want them.

I have kids in PUSD and I oppose the dogs. If these ladies want to be there for each other and extend their support to those who WANT it, go ahead, but do NOT IMPOSE on the rest of us programs we do not want, need or feel they will solve anything.


Posted by Patriot, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 10, 2012 at 12:55 pm

I agree that they should not be trying to impose this policy upon the rest of us. They need to think about unintended consequences. They need to think about what happens when an entirely innocent person gets caught up in this (as happened to my friend).


Posted by afraid and isolated, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 10, 2012 at 1:20 pm

I also oppose the dogs because I know it will not be done to help our kids but to damage them.

I think it is mean spirited to attack anyone or their children when they have made themselves vounerable to help others. It is because I have great respect for them that I shared my concerns with them directly.


Posted by My 2 cents, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 10, 2012 at 4:33 pm

"I think it is mean spirited to attack anyone or their children when they have made themselves vounerable to help others. It is because I have great respect for them that I shared my concerns with them directly."

No one is attacking anyone. But I do feel that these ladies have perhaps helped some people but in doing so, are about to hurt others.

Just because they feel vulnerable, and their kids did/do drugs, that DOES NOT give them the right to push for ideas (dogs) that have the potential to hurt innocent kids.

They need to stop trying to push their agenda on others. If some need or want their help, by all means go for it, but leave the rest of us out of it, and stop pushing for the dogs or other ideas that many do not want.


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