Donegal death notices for today, Wednesday, October 4. Gladys FLEMING (née McMahon)The death has occurred of Gladys Fleming (née McMahon) (Artane and formerly of Milford, Co. Donegal), 3rd October 2017, peacefully in the tender care of the staff at St. Francis Hospice, Raheny, Gladys, beloved wife of Bert. She will be sadly missed by Bert and her loving children Linda, Beth and David, son-in-law Terry, daughter-in-law Naomi, her 8 grandsons and 4 great-grandchildren, sisters Mary and Noreen, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, extended family, neighbours and friends. Reposing at St. Francis Hospice Mortuary Chapel tomorrow, Wednesday, between 5pm and 7pm. Removal on Thursday morning to Clontarf and Scots Presbyterian Church, Howth Road, Clontarf for 12 noon Funeral Service with burial afterwards in Fingal Cemetery. Family flowers only please. Donations in her memory, if desired, to St. Francis Hospice. Veronica MCCARTHY (née Carr)The death has occurred of Veronica McCarthy (née Carr), (Sutton, Dublin and formerly of Fanad, Donegal) – 3rd. October 2017 (peacefully) at home after a long illness, much loved wife of Peter, mother of Sinéad, Ronán, Correne (deceased), Áine and Deirdre, brothers Patrick, Hugh and Denis, sisters Mary Berchmans (deceased), Anne-Marie, Margaret, Maria and Bridget, son-in-law Diarmuid and Daughter-in-law Julie and grandson Ben, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.Reposing at the Kirwan Funeral Home, Fairview Strand on Thursday, 5th October, from 6pm until 8pm with family in attendance. Requiem Mass at 10am on Friday, 6th October, in Church of the Resurrection, Bayside. Funeral thereafter to St. Fintan’s Cemetery, Sutton. Family flowers only please, donations in lieu if desired to St. Francis Hospice, Raheny. Daniel DOHERTYThe death has occurred of Daniel Doherty, Claggan, Urris, Clonmany, Donegal.Requiem Mass took place this morning at 11am at St. Michael’s Church, Urris. Burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.Donegal Death Notices – Rest in Peace was last modified: October 4th, 2017 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:obituaries
The Yukon Kuskokwim Ayagnirvik Healing Center in Bethel offers alcohol and opioid addiction treatment. (Photo: Dean Swope / KYUK)The state government is gearing up for a major battle against the opioid epidemic sweeping through Alaska.Listen nowAndy Jones, the Section Chief for the state Department of Health and Social Services, is heading up a new statewide program to get the drug Naloxone, also known by its commercial name Narcan, into the hands of heroin users, no matter where they live, be it the cities or the bush.Alaska recently received a $4.2 million grant for a five-year “Project Hope” program from the federal government’s Department of Health and Human Services.“What that equates to is about 5,000 of these lifesaving kits every year,” Jones said.Jones said it was a fight just getting the funds, because the opioid epidemic is not only here, but also in the lower 48, where the number of deaths far exceeds those dying from heroin overdoses in Alaska.“If you look at one or two or three deaths, people in the Lower 48 look at that as that’s not significant, but that’s not true,” Jones said. “That’s really significant to that community because they have a smaller population and they know each other. Those are their loved ones. And so we won that battle, which is exciting.Since getting the money two and a half months ago, Jones’s team has developed kits with education and training materials and a simple drug delivery system to keep people alive when they are overdosing.“You know if you ever have an allergy and you squirt up some sort of anti-allergy up your nose, we’re all familiar with that, right? It’s very easy, the same concept. I actually taught my 3-year-old daughter how to use it. And when I did that, it was like…’This is it,’” said Jones.This system, provided free through Project Hope, is not cheap. Buying it at a pharmacy costs $150 per dose. The same drug delivered through a needle costs a lot less: $20 to $30 per dose.“It’s horrible, outrageous. Unfortunately it’s the pharmaceutical community,” Jones said.If Project Hope had been operating last summer, the overdose death in Quinhagak might have been avoided. Jones wants to work with health organizations, community groups, tribes, or anyone willing to help get the medicine to heroin drug users when they need it.But keeping users alive is only the first step toward getting them into a recovery program. Here, Alaska has a long way to go. There are nowhere near enough detox programs. The waiting list for those that exist is long. Most would have to leave the state for that service, and that’s only the beginning. Because once off the drug, users need counseling and community support to help keep them on the road to recovery. That is a much larger community challenge that has just begun in Alaska and has not reached the bush yet in any significant way.Public health nurses meeting in Anchorage this week were looking at community programs in Juneau and the Matanuska Susitna Borough, along with a web-based support system called “Rockstar” out of Ohio, where former heroin users help others get clean and stay clean.