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A National Emergency Several Times the Size of 9/11

A National Emergency Several Times the Size of 9/11

On September 11, 2001, 2,996 people were killed and another 6,000 wounded in a coordinated attack on U.S. targets.  It was a day of unimaginable tragedy – one few Americans will ever forget. Incredibly, 142 Americans are now dying daily from opioid overdoses – a death toll the equivalent of

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Opioids and the Internet.  A Deadly Combination.

Opioids and the Internet.  A Deadly Combination.

The opioid crisis continues unabated across the nation and a new source of supply is greatly complicating efforts to stem the tide of addiction and death. What’s the new source of supply? The internet. Health officials and police in every region of the country are now reporting an alarming rise

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The Most Unlikely First Responders To A Drug Overdose…

The Most Unlikely First Responders To A Drug Overdose…

With death rates from opioid overdoses spiraling ever higher, one would expect EMTs, police and fire personnel to know how to treat someone in crisis. But librarians? According to CNN, librarians are finding themselves increasingly on the front lines in a number of major cities in the battle to save

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Few Teens Receiving Life Saving Medications for Addiction

Few Teens Receiving Life Saving Medications for Addiction

Thirty-seven million Americans died from an opioid overdose (prescription drugs and heroin) in 2016 and over 2 million in the U.S. are addicted to these drugs. Among all adults in treatment for opioid addiction, one-third started using opioids before the age of 18, with two-thirds starting before the age of

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Opioids or Heroin?  Depends on Your Age…

Opioids or Heroin?  Depends on Your Age…

If it’s possible – the opioid addiction crisis is morphing by generation and getting more deadly. Researchers at the University of Maryland now report that older consumers are overdosing on prescription opioids at alarming rates while younger Americans are dying disproportionately from overdosing on heroin. Sadly – in both cases

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Alcohol During Pregnancy and the Harm it Can Do

Alcohol During Pregnancy and the Harm it Can Do

Many young women realize that drinking during pregnancy is not a good idea, but they often fail to understand all of the ramifications. Did you know that alcohol can actually harm a baby at every stage of a pregnancy and that alcohol can cause something called fetal alcohol spectrum disorders

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