When Emily Powers was in 5th grade, her mother Nicole Powers (S11, E2) turned herself in for forgery, after stealing from her employer to support her drug addiction. Incredibly, the way Emily responded to this crisis was to lean into her studies, to such an extent that she was honored with a nomination to West Point. She ultimately chose to attend Hanover College, where her tuition is covered thanks to merit scholarships. She hopes to double major in Biology and Sociology, with a possible minor in Philosophy.
While she is still unclear about what the future holds, she has no doubt that she wants to work with people. Some of her favorite pastimes include journaling, personal fitness and reading. Big things lie ahead for this incredible young woman!
“You can take what happened to you and grow from it, or you can be bitter about it.” (Emily, 33:42)
As a young single mother, Nicole Powers slid down a slippery slope from alcohol and pot to an addiction to pain pills after they were prescribed for shoulder problems. It wasn’t long before she was introduced to heroin. After stealing from her employer to support her drug habit, she turned herself in on forgery charges and served 20 months of a four year sentence. She has now been clean and sober for eight years.
“Reach out to somebody that you know loves you.” (Nicole, 31:29)
Nicole Powers has a wonderful fiancé and four beautiful daughters. Add in her six grandsons, and it’s clear her life is vibrant and full of love. She grew up in Richmond, Indiana, graduated from Richmond High School in 1989, and has a Bachelors degree in Mass Communications from the University of Evansville. She has been an Administrative Assistant at Central Indiana Transport Express in Richmond, Indiana for the past two years. She feels super blessed to be alive and contributing!
When Purdue Pharma began to coach physicians to include pain as the fifth vital sign, it led to over-prescription and ultimately, the worst drug crisis in American history.
A retired physician, Dr. Jetmore currently serves as the Health Officer in Wayne County, Indiana. In his interview, he talks us through how the opioid crisis began in the US, providing valuable context about Purdue Pharma and its questionable prescribing practices. A collaborator with Groups Recover Together, he supports the organization’s dedication to medication-assisted treatment and a supportive approach.
“It’s your nephew. Or God forbid, your son.” (Dr. Jetmore, 29:41)
Dr. Jetmore recommends:
Groups Recover Together: joingroups.com
Wayne County (Indiana) Groups: 765-286-5773
Wayne County (Indiana) Health Dept: 765-973-9245
A retired ENT/otolaryngologist, Dr. Jetmore practiced medicine in Richmond, Indiana and the surrounding area for nearly 40 years. He currently serves as the Wayne County Health Officer.