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Anxiety

Everyone has different ways to lower or numb, to avoid, or to flee from anxiety.  These mechanisms are in themselves ways of dealing with anxiety, and among them are addictions. Eat, drink alcohol, go to work or exercise compulsively, any excess that you do compulsively, that you cannot stop and that helps you to get distracted from what you feel…

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Why is drinking so socially acceptable?

Why is drinking so socially acceptable? by Tannia V. Alcohol is treated as if it is not a drug and has no negative consequences. Almost every social situation seems to involve alcohol. How many parties are thrown without alcohol being served? How many people go out after work or on a weekend and do not drink? What holiday is celebrated…

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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 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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