Sherry Barnett, Regional Overdose Prevention Specialist, Region 1

Sherry Barnett, Regional Overdose Prevention Specialist, Region 1


My name is Sherry Barnett. I am a nurse practitioner in recovery. I serve as the Regional Overdose Prevention
Specialist for Region 1 in Northeast Tennessee. You know, statistically speaking, it takes
8 to 10 times for someone in active addiction to find recovery, long-term recovery. I’ll be celebrating 5 years in August 2019,
and the goal is to keep them alive and healthy until they can find recovery like us. At the end of my addiction, when the TBI raided
my clinic actually, I realized that I needed to make my journey speak for something. The individuals that are saving lives nowadays
are not necessarily your first responders. It’s the people that are using with people. Most people overdose in their home or in the
home of a loved one or someone that they’re using with, so if you can get to that population
in the Medication Assisted Treatment clinics, in the pain clinics, get in touch with family
members and teach them this simple process of open, insert, and squirt. The future looks like we’re going to decrease
the stigma. Harm reduction is going to come into play,
and we’re going to be more accepting of addiction as a disease process. And we’re going to show people that we do
recover. We do live to lead productive lives and pay
taxes.

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