The Land of Oz: Girl Talk 2 – Second Annual Event to Empower Women

The first “Girl Talk” was so successful last year, PRIDE is hosting a second one on Apr. 7. The first “Girl Talk” was so successful last year, PRIDE is hosting a second one on Apr. 7. Derek Osborn

Readers: PRIDE has a very important event coming up, so I’ve asked Nicole Hall, Prevention Coordinator for PRIDE of Tuscaloosa, to tell you about it. Enjoy! – Derek 

What happens when you have an event that gets incredible feedback and multiple requests to do it again next year? We do it again.  

“Girl Talk 2: Overcoming Obstacles to Empower Women,” hosted by PRIDE of Tuscaloosa, will be held on Sunday, Apr. 7 at 2:00 p.m. at the Bryant Conference Center. It’s an effort to discuss risk and protective factors associated with opioid abuse and misuse. Girl Talk is an all-female event that focuses on discussing taboo topics in an open and accepting environment. 

Topics will include substance abuse prevention and treatment, understanding your mental health, dealing with stress and anxiety, signs and symptoms of substance abuse, drug trends and concealment, enhancing communication skills, sexual assault prevention, and an unbelievable story of addiction and recovery. This year will also feature individual breakout sessions for daughters and students.  

Parents: this is a great time to ask those questions you are tired of googling or too afraid to ask other parents. Students: this is a moment to find out what really affects you and how even a social media post can mean more than you think. Community members: this is an occasion to learn how youth are being affected in Tuscaloosa, and to give you the tools to empower the women around you. This was a great event last year, and it will be even better this year.

As women, we have huge duties to fulfill. From education to work to household chores to the joys of motherhood, women are so important to our society. While there is no explanation for why women are at a higher likelihood to misuse medications than men, I have always wondered if it is due to us wanting to be perfect instead of perfectly imperfect? It could also be that women are likely to obtain higher doses of pain medication, be over-prescribed medications, have chronic pain, and an easy access point. 

Prescription pain medications are one of the most widely abused drugs for female adolescence. Did you know that 1 in 4 prescriptions are being abused by teens, or that 1 in 5 college students report misusing a medication? Did you know that babies born with neonatal abstinence syndrome or (NAS) have increased by 15-20 percent? And that is just what I could fit in my word count. 

If you are a woman, this should interest you. So, go register! Registration is available on Don’t forget that this event is completely FREE, and food will be served. 

Remember, we are all guilty of the “it won't happen to me” or “not my child.” But the truth is that addiction does not discriminate. It can be found on both sides of the river, in poor and wealthy communities, in all ethnicities, and in all genders. But that doesn’t mean that women from all walks of life can’t come together to empower each other. And we are worth it.  

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