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Parent’s Discussion Guide for Substance Use and Mental Illness on TV

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By Patti Richards It’s everywhere teenagers look — social media, TV, movies, books — and no matter how hard you might try to protect your son or daughter from the reality of teen suicide and substance use, it’s impossible. Although you’d rather keep the conversation about clothes, sports, grades and friends, teen suicide and substance use is so woven into the fabric of the high-school experience, not talking about it is no longer an option. So, how do you keep the lines of communication open and have purposeful dialogue about staying safe, both emotionally and physically, when an over abundance […]

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The Cost of Substance Abuse in the Workplace: What Employers Need to Know

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There are no shortages of misconceptions related to substance use. One specific notion is that it is largely limited to those in communities struggling with poverty, and particularly individuals battling homelessness. While such groups certainly face disproportionate challenges, the negative effects of drug and alcohol addiction certainly aren’t exclusive to any one faction. Take for example an incident in 2014 when a pilot for JetBlue was caught possessing heroin. This is just one of many job types where the issue is prevalent, especially with the ongoing opioid epidemic. Workplace Problems With Drug Addiction Are Very Real In 2014, the National […]

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Are Opioids Better at Treating Pain Than Over-the-Counter Medicines?

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By Martha McLaughlin Pain exists to serve as a warning signal. In an ideal world, we experience pain, quickly identify the underlying problem and easily correct it. Unfortunately, sometimes it’s not possible to decipher the message our pain is trying to send or to fix the issue quickly once it’s been identified. Sometimes, the efforts to correct a problem, such as surgery, can cause an increase in pain themselves, at least temporarily. The importance of safe pain management has become increasingly apparent as the crisis of opioid addiction and overdose has engulfed the nation. Many people become addicted to opioids […]

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The Link Between Addiction and Eating Disorders

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                        By Stephanie Thomas One challenge – no matter how small – can take up enormous amounts of time, focus and energy. As the old saying goes, when it rains it pours. And so, in some seasons of life, one challenge follows another. Your toddler gets the flu the same week your new, super-strict boss starts at work and your spouse wrecks the car. Thankfully, most seasons pass and tough moments lead to better days. But can you imagine what life might be like if this weren’t the case? […]

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Is It Bad to Mix LSD with Other Drugs?

Is It Bad to Mix LSD with Other Drugs?

LSD is a semi-synthetic psychedelic drug and one of the most potent mood-changing chemicals available.1 It is sold in tablet, capsule and liquid form. When LSD (also known as acid) enters the brain, it disrupts the interaction of nerve cells and serotonin. This triggers hallucinations and creates profound distortions of reality. Recreational use is referred to as tripping and generally leads to highs that last up to 12 hours. People under the influence of LSD may see, hear and feel things that do not exist. Other side effects include the following: Mood swings Anxiety Paranoia Terrifying thoughts Feelings of despair […]

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