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Mass Overdose in California

If it weren’t for naloxone and CPR, the death rate would have been greater than 1. Becoming accustomed to these overdose tallies (1 dead and 12 hospitalized) should not become the norm. Although it’s a blessing that police force is now equipped with Naloxone or Narcan, there is problem with Fentanyl and mixed substances that people are taking believing its…

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Fentanyl and Overdosing

We send our deepest wishes of mourning and comfort to the family and loved ones of Mac Miller. There are no words to soothe the heartache of a death cased by overdosing and addiction, no matter the functionality and capacity of a human being to continue to produce, in this case musical art in a very rich prose with popular…

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Alcohol Intoxication Suicide

Verne Troyer, a talented actor that many can recall from Austin Powers and the Surreal Life, was found dead from alcohol intoxication, showing up on many headlines as suicide. Because the disease of alcoholism, or now known through the DSM as substance use disorder, hurts and baffles many, it continues to raise the question as to the responsibility of media,…

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Fentanyl

Two years after the death of pop legend Prince, CNN accounts that a toxicology report has been released showing high levels of Fentanyl in the singer’s body. Fentanyl is a very strong opioid that is prescribed to relieve severe pain in cancer patients. CNN tells us that this prescription drug is 25 to 50 times more potent than heroin and…

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Sobering Up Facebook

After Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerburg gave his testimony in front of the U.S. Congress┬áregarding online privacy practices it has me asking myself, what have I been unknowingly influenced by on the internet? Or how have “innocent” social media posts affected me? Just last week a friend and I were talking about different advertisements that have popped up on…

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I’m Not an Alcoholic

My name is Sarah and although I am not an alcoholic, substance abuse is woven into my family’s stories and the lives of people around me. Being a young adult and a recent college graduate with a sociology degree I am noticing myself becoming more aware and engaged in the social issues that affect our communities and world every day….

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Alcoholism

America, we have a problem. It's not only drugs, such as the heroin epidemic that has received national attention, it's alcohol consumption and the economic impact (to the sound of...
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Suing Big Pharma

Ohio begins a lawsuit against the largest 5 pharmaceutical companies developing prescription opioids and is setting the tone for accountability and responsibility in the heroin addiction and opioid epidemic in the United States. Ohio is the second state after Mississippi to go after the pharmaceutical companies regarding their current heroin addiction epidemic. Ohio has recently seen an exponential growth in…

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Drug Rehabilitation

What makes communities safer? Incarceration or drug rehabilitation? As we prepare to see the impacts of Jeff Session’s mandatory minimums of drug cases, we look back on the 80’s drug war and the apparent reduced crime rate. With people behind bars for mandatory minimums, we simply want to remind those with strong feelings about alcohol and drug abuse the importance…

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