Mu-Ha Fundraiser Raises Addiction Awareness

RENO, Nev. Join Together Northern Nevada held its third annual Mµ-HA fundraiser at Bartley Ranch Saturday.

Mµ-HA , which stands for Music Healing Addictions, brought twenty local bands together for a night of music as JTNN raised money to help them combat substance addiction in the area.

One drug catching the eye of substance abuse counsels is heroin.

"It's one of the up and coming drugs that we want to keep an eye on, and make sure we're doing everything we possibly can to try and deter kids from actually starting," Denise Everett, Executive Director of Quest Counseling said.

Everett says out of every hundred kids Quest treats, about twenty have at least tried heroin, and up to ten have some sort of addiction to opiates.

Linda Lang, Grant Manager for Join Together Northern Nevada, blames the over prescribing of prescription drugs as part of the reason kids are getting into heroin.

"When they can no longer get the prescription, or it's too expensive, they turn to heroine which is cheaper," Lang said

JTNN is a local organization focusing on bringing awareness to substance abuse and providing a place for families affected by this problem to come and cope.

Lang says when parents find out their child is suffering from addiction, they often feel like they have no where to turn for support. That's where JTNN steps in.

Part of the support they offer includes a weekly parent support group. Parents who have lost children to drugs, dealing with an addict, or have seen their child recover, all come together to support one another.

They also came up with the idea for MµHA.

"A few of our parents are musicians and they created this event because music can be incredibly healing," Lang said.

One musician who performed in no stranger to the affects substance abuse can have on the family, and he is only fifteen.

Grant Davis turned to music after his older sister's addiction was affecting his family.

"I needed to find a way to cope for myself, so I could understand what was going on with my sister," Davis said.

His sister has now been clean for a year and a half, and Davis says he thinks his sister is the bravest person he knows.

For more information on how to get involved with JTNN, or to receive help, visit www.jtnn.org or call 775-324-7557.


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