November 15, 2016 By: Liz Roderick, Advocate SHARE TWEET Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf Clark’s Story (VIDEO) Substance Use Disorder, The Blog, Videos On November 2, 2016, Governor Wolf signed legislation to battle Pennsylvania’s heroin and opioid epidemic. This legislation will strengthen the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, restrict the number of pills that can be prescribed to minors or in emergency rooms, establish education curriculum on safe prescribing, and create more locations for the drop-off of prescription drugs. During this press conference, we heard from Liz Roderick who shared her personal story.As we discuss the opioid epidemic, two words we hear constantly now, an epidemic that is taking almost 100 Americans a day, it’s easy to think of it in abstract terms and as something that happens to other people and other families. It is easy to think “that’s horrible” and change the channel or click to another article. No one thinks it’ll happen to their family. Until it does. You’re then thrown into a club you never wanted to join, with hundreds of thousands of other families who are equally shocked, angry and heartbroken.My name is Liz Roderick and I’m here with my father, David, and daughter Penny to personalize this public health emergency and put a face on the important work that we celebrate today. I am honored to be standing here this afternoon, albeit for sad circumstances, and thank the Governor and his staff again for the chance to share this story. Clark Roderick was my brother. This is his picture. The opioid epidemic happened to Clark.Clark was a true Pennsylvania boy. Grew up in Radnor. Went to Valley Forge Military Academy. Went to the University of Pittsburgh. Clark loved and I mean LOVED the Steelers. He was a friend to so many. He loved animals, had an incredible sense of humor and a contagious chuckle that pulled you in. He stood up for the bullied. He loved drinking tea and building fires. His 6’2 build and loving demeanor made him a real gentle giant.When Clark was 25 he was in an accident that severely hurt his back. And so begins a tale that represents the vast majority of these tragedies. He was prescribed powerful painkillers, got hooked and was never the same. The next 6 years was an endless chase for more drugs and higher highs. He was a heroin addict in less than 18 months. Our family rallied together, we attended family counseling sessions on how to best support him, my parents sent him to rehab three times. The periods of sobriety were heaven for everyone and always gave us hope that he’d pull through and that he’d beat his demons. We let him know at every opportunity that we loved him. We did everything we could to help him with the information we had.Ten months ago, on December 16th, my brother texted me late that night asking me to please call him at 6am the next morning so he wouldn’t miss his shuttle to the airport. He was happy and excited to be coming home for Christmas. He was discussing what movies he was going to watch on his layover and what the schedule would be for the holidays.On December 17th my father drove to the Philly airport to get him and he wasn’t on his flight. The nightmare started then and within hours we all got “the call”. I’d always imagined where I’d be when I got it and had prepared for it for six years. I don’t really remember exactly what was said but his landlord had been able to break the door down with the help of the police and they found my brother on the floor of his bedroom with a tourniquet around his arm. There was melted ice-cream on his nightstand. That detail always stands out to me. He died a few hours after sending me that text message and taking a lethal amount of Xanax and Heroin. My 31-year-old baby brother. Dead.How did we get here? How does a child from a loving home with endless resources and love at his fingertips turn to heroin? This drug and this epidemic and this disease (and it IS a disease) does not discriminate. I’m here to tell you that if you haven’t been personally affected by this plague then you will be if we don’t all fight back. If it can happen to Clark it can happen to anyone. He got sick and lost his way and we as a society ultimately failed him because so much is still left unknown about how to best address these thousands and thousands of cases. No one is safe. We need to improve our policies, our laws and our systems and what we’ve seen here today is a step in the right direction. Please continue to support leaders and programs like the ones celebrated today.The statistic is that this takes 100 Americans a day. These are not junkies. These are not bad people. These are the sick friends and family members of all of us who need our help. My parents lost their son. A pain I cannot even begin to fathom. I lost my brother. He did not deserve to die nor did he want to die.My daughter was born 6 weeks after Clark died and she’ll never know her uncle. I brought her here today to be part of this fight so she can begin to know the dangers of addiction and opioids. It makes me sad that she’ll grow up in a world that he’s not in. I’ll take her to his grave and tell her stories. He’s buried in his Steelers jersey at St. Vincent’s, a cemetery that overlooks where the Steelers hold their training camp. There’s a Terrible Towel on his headstone. I know he’d love that.Clark is your neighbor, your parent, your teacher, your son, your daughter, your friend. His lost battle represents so many others who followed almost identical paths. Let us learn from their lives and let their deaths mean something to the generations that follow. 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Habitat on Kersley is a residential development in Kenmore that will include townhouses, due to be built this year. Arcadia Village is a residential project that will include townhouses in Calamvale.Mr Solano said townhouse investors should be cautious in the current market, with some of his clients having to pay the difference between the purchase price and the valuation of their townhouse.“These properties are being sold at overinflated prices and then not valuing up to contract price” he said.“Be cautious about the length of settlement, speak to your bank about your finance situation and if there is a discrepancy with the valuation, see if it is something they can withdraw from the contract.”But PRDnationwide national research manager Diaswati Mardiasmo said she was not concerned about the expected increase in supply because of the spread of proposed townhouse projects across the city — from Carina to Calamvale in the south and Albion to Aspley in the north.“A lot of apartments have been focused on inner Brisbane, whereas if you look at the townhouse projects due to commence in 2018, they’re more spread out,” Dr Mardiasmo said. PRDnationwide national research manager Dr Diaswati Mardiasmo.“I’m seeing a lot of developers focusing on townhouse projects within walking distance to schools, shops and family-friendly amenities as opposed to being concentrated in the city.”Dr Mardiasmo said the townhouse market was also more insulated than the apartment sector because of the change in family composition in Brisbane since the 2011 and 2016 Censuses.She said the number of couple families with children had increased and that demographic would generally choose a townhouse over an apartment because of livability factors such as increased room and yard space.AREAS OF HOUSING SURPLUS IN QUEENSLAND Region Surplus dwellings % stock 1. Brisbane Inner 4,537 12.7%2. Townsville 4,259 5.3%3. Cairns — South 3,516 8.1%4. Gladstone — Biloela 3,384 9.4%5. Surfers Paradise 2,878 12.3%(Source: Australian National University)Follow @liztilley84 on Twitter Construction is scheduled to start on more than 5400 townhouses in Brisbane this year, according to PRDnationwide research.FORGET apartments, Brisbane is about to be swamped with a different type of attached dwelling — prompting fresh oversupply fears. As the inner-city unit sector flounders, industry experts say developers are turning their attention to townhouses, with a new wave of residential projects set to saturate the market in 2018. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE New research by PRDNationwide reveals the number of townhouses in greater Brisbane is set to surge by nearly 250 per cent this year, with construction scheduled to start on more than 5400 new townhouses.In comparison, there is set to be a 170 per cent increase in the number of new apartments predicted to hit the market this year. A townhouse development on Brinawa Street, Camp Hill.It comes as recent building approvals figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics revealed townhouse approvals are at their highest level in 20 years, as the country’s ageing population seeks to downsize.Real Estate Buyers Association of Australia Queensland representative Zoran Solano predicts Brisbane is facing a townhouse glut over the next two to three years.Mr Solano, who is a buyer’s agent with Hot Property Buyers Agency, said he had been dealing first-hand with many developers who had been snapping up sites around the city for townhouse developments. Habitat on Kersley is a residential development in Kenmore, with townhouses due to be built this year.“We’ve seen an unprecedented amount of apartment settlements in recent years, so it’s getting harder and harder for developers to sell that product,” he said. Mr Solano said he had noticed a trend in developers shifting to lower-density development opportunities such as townhouses and house-and-land subdivisions, particularly within a 20km radius of the CBD.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus21 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market21 hours ago“There’s been a lot of transactions over the last 18 months and a lot of development applications and approvals of this lower density style product, which I believe has the potential to oversupply some pockets of our market,” he said. TRIPLE M’S MARTO SELLING UP CATS PHOTOBOMB HOME PHOTOSHOOT PAT RAFTER’S $18M PAYDAY Mr Solano said pockets of Brisbane around McDowall, Doolandella, Ellen Grove and Pallara were experiencing high rates of housing development and had the potential to become oversupplied markets.“There are arguments to show this is already happening, but now we’re seeing it even more as developers move away from units,” he said. Berge Street Townhouses is a residential project due to start construction in Mount Gravatt this year.
“They just wanted it off the market,” Mr Adcock said. “They put down a cash, unconditional offer, waiving the cooling off period.“It was sold within three days and hadn’t even hit the official market yet. It was just two hours off being listed online.” Mr Adcock said the sale of the renovated and extended, 1950s Hamptons-style residence, was a “good one” for Tennyson.He said the suburb was attracting buyers as it was “flood-free”, and one of only two stretches of the Brisbane River that was north-facing and has both city and golf course views. Mr Adcock said riverfront properties in Brisbane were proving to be a hot commodity.“I have sold three in two and a half weeks, with the other two north of $3 million,” he said.“At the moment we have far more buyers than riverfront properties listed for sale.”He said those buyers were roughly “70 per cent locals, 30 per cent interstate or overseas”.“There is still a strong Chinese component,” he said. “We are seeing a lot of interest coming from Hong Kong-based expats and Chinese looking to buy here.”Hong Kong has been the scene of ongoing mass demonstrations and unrest since earlier this year.The protests began over plans — since shelved — to allow extradition from Hong Kong to China, but have now morphed in to wider demands for reform. First-home buyers have the upper hand There is also a guest/nanny bedroom with ensuite, bathroom and laundry, while outside there are landscaped gardens, a private pontoon with an undercover boat shed, an undercover entertainment pavilion with outdoor kitchen, fridge, 10 person dining space and TV, and a children’s playground. Where to find southeast’s most affordable land “The couple who bought it had been renting in the area and had been looking for awhile,” he said. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus11 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market11 hours ago“They loved it as soon as they saw it.”This luxurious north-facing family homesits on a 1154sq m block with 20m of river frontage. It has five bedrooms including a master retreat with floor-to-ceiling to capture the views, a dressing room with its own chandelier and an ensuite.There are multiple living areas located on the ground level and an additional rumpus/bedroom.The open plan kitchen and living room overlooks the pool outside and connects directly to the outdoor entertaining area, while the kitchen features quality appliances, a central island bench, breakfast bar, and a side door to the pool area.In the living room there is a fireplace, and there is a home officeat the front of the home. Brisbane’s million-dollar suburb boom Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:27Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:27 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenWhy Spring 2019 is a good time to sell01:27A LOCAL family was so desperate to get their hands on a riverfront property that they put down an immediate unconditional cash offer of $4.7 million to keep it off the market.They spotted the property at 23 King Arthur Terrace at Tennyson, which was being marketed by Jason Adcock of Adcock Prestige, on a database, and the sold sticker went up just three days after that first post. MORE NEWS: Brisbane best place to invest $500k