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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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Booze and Basketball

With the NCAA March Madness tournament underway college students across the country gather together to rally behind their team to show their school spirit and pride. College sports bring many positives to today’s culture in that they bring people together and give them a sense of belonging and reason to celebrate. However, bringing college students together to celebrate sports also…

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Heroin Detox

One more amazing artist left us from drug overdose. It hurts. It hurts because closure is necessary for new beginnings. Tom Petty was not only an American classic artist, but a longstanding tourer that continued long into age including health problems. Though he was open about his heroin use in youth, there was little spoken about his death until his…

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Detox from Hell?

Detox. From drugs or alcohol. Easier said than done. Coming off alcohol or drugs such as opiates, heroin or even fentanyl, can be mortal. Yes. Death. Some detox centers state the country has it all wrong. And that’s where we step up. Providing quality staff and professionals such as doctors as well as the right medications can make withdrawal and…

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