The co-founder of a new facility is taking a unique approach in helping veterans in the Tampa Bay area cope with post-traumatic stress disorder.
Janel Norton has served our country as a combat photojournalist for the U.S. Air Force, now she serves in her community by helping other veterans.
“I experienced what I now know was post-traumatic stress when I returned home” Said Janel.
After being stationed in both Liberia and Bosnia, she decided to come back to the United States, but the transition wasn’t easy.
“I got really angry when I came back,” Norton said. “People don’t even know what’s going on over there. I felt very disconnected with everybody and nobody understood anything I had been living through for the last couple of years”
She then discovered the healing power of yoga and had the idea of opening an establishment where local veterans could meet and experience this healing together. After meeting with a prior green beret, they started the Veterans Alternative.
Member and Afghanistan war veteran David Jones is only one of the many veterans that has benefited from this class.
“She’s done wonders as far as you know helping me sleep with this iRest,” Jones said.
iRest is a form of yoga made accessible to everyone. This stress reducing class helps veterans tap into their inner resource.
“We have a small population that we’re serving, but there’s many more,” Norton said.
Tampa Fla. – The Hillsborough County Anti-Drug Alliance (HCADA) is combating prescription drug misuse in a unique way. HCADA is implementing a drug disposal program within Hillsborough County.
HCADA received ten thousand bags this past month and hopes to distribute these to pharmacies and clinics in the county. This is all part of a new national pilot program.
Hillsborough is one of three counties in the entire country partaking in this program.
The purpose of these bags is so you have a proper way to dispose of prescription medicines. HCADA says this is better than throwing them away or flushing them down the toilet, which has environmental effects.
“Different medications and antibiotics are actually showing in fish in the waters, where we obtain some of our food supply.” Ronnie Crescentini from HCADA says.
These bags add another way to dispose of prescription medicine. There are usually two drug take back days in the county where the coalition and members of the community can properly get rid of their unwanted medicine.
Dr. Thomas Towers, an assistant professor with USF says, “One of the benefits too is that there is a privacy to it.”
The bags can hold up to 90 pills and any type of medication can be put in them. The bags are easy to use with clear easy-to-follow instructions on the back. All you need is water. They can be thrown away and they will not harm the environment because they are biodegradable.
The long term goal for the program is that they are used by the public and funding will be awarded to keep the program going on a wider, more national scale.
The bags are free of charge and can be picked up at HCADA. If you cannot make it, HCADA will deliver one to you.
The Tampa Police Department is teaming up with Meridian Pointe Apartments to make the city safer.
The City of Tampa Police Department presented Meridian Pointe’s property manager, Bob Kelsey, with the first ever “crime free” sign. The community came out to show their support.
Kelsey has been in charge of making the apartment complex safer for residents, which consisted of the installation of new doors, locks, lighting fixtures and securer windows.
“I wanted the residents to know that Richman Properties of Meridian Pointe really cares about each and every one of them and about their quality of life,” Kelsey said. “You can’t put a price on someone’s life.”
The result of the Tampa Police Department teaming up with Meridian Pointe has made residents and the police officers on duty feel protected and safe.
“I love working with the community,” Officer Kay Brown said. “My whole entire career that I have been here at the police department has always been community. That is my passion. To see smiling faces of people living in peace and harmony, without any interruptions from people who want to cause problems on the property, just brightens my day.”
“I know how instrumental the relationship between the police department and properties like Richman is and how important it is,” Kelsey said. “I just look forward to the future. I think it’s going to be a bright one for Meridian Pointe.”