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CDC Online Newsroom Welcome to the CDC Online Newsroom, a one-stop source for journalists seeking public health information. Global media and the general public can access current and archived press releases, media advisHHS Secretary Alex Azar and CDC Director Dr. Robert R. Redfield to give update on COVID-19 response, Operation Warp Speedby krc4@cdc.gov on October 20, 2020 at 9:25 pm...
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Social Pressure of Being Thin

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The social pressure of being thin In a society that touts stick-thin figures as presentable, achievable and even admirable, there seems to be a fine line between dieting and starvation, with the pressure to look slender often resulting in dangerous consequences.  The media glamorizes the unrealistic bodies of a few, leading to obsession over unrealistically thin bodies and a strange…

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Alcohol Deaths Hit Record Level

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Deaths in the US from alcohol, drugs and suicide hit record high What will make us stop in our tracks and analyze what's going on? In 2017, the number of deaths from alcohol, drugs and suicide in 2017 reached record levels  since federal data collection began, according to an analysis of the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) and two other non-profits. From...
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Mass Overdose in California

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…

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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 regarding 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 $250 billion), not to mention the emotional and social detriment. Just how bad? Let's look at the numbers. 88,000 deaths per year 50 percent increase in emergency room visits rise from deaths...
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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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