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What You Should Know If Your Child Is Prescribed Opioids

With opioid overdoses being so frequent across the country (115 Americans die every day, according to the CDC) and in the news lately, parents may be concerned if their child receives an opioid prescription. Here’s some tips on how to ensure that your child gets the pain relief they need while avoiding opioid misuse and addiction. First, what is an opioid? There are several opioids that are on the market now. The most common are Hydrocodone (Zohydro); Hydrocodone with Acetaminophen (Vicodin); Oxycodone (Oxycontin, Roxicodone); Oxycodone + Acetaminophen (Percocet); Codeine, Morphine, Fentanyl, and Tylenol with codeine. These are distinct from opiates; opiates are drugs like morphine and heroin that are derived from the poppy plant, whereas opioids are synthetic, but they ...

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A Dangerous Mix Alcohol and Water Activities Don’t Go Together

By Rebecca Smith When the East Texas heat reaches its peak during the summer, playing in the water is a welcome relief.  But when alcohol is involved, what should be a fun time can become dangerous. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAA), 70 percent of water recreation deaths of teens and adults involve alcohol. “Alcohol impairs judgment and increases risk-taking, a dangerous combination for swimmers,” reads the website. “Even experienced swimmers may venture out farther than they should and not be able to make it back to shore… Even around a pool, too much alcohol can have deadly consequences. Inebriated divers may collide with the diving board, or dive where the water is too shallow.” ...

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Free Envelopes to Reduce Opioid Risk from The National Safety Council image

Free Envelopes to Reduce Opioid Risk from The National Safety Council

The National Safety Council is providing a new way for residents to dispose of their prescription drugs for free. At this website, you can order a special envelope to mail your leftover prescription drugs to a company that is approved by the Drug Enforcement Agency and specializes in destroying drugs. This is a great initiative that targets one of the main reasons our country is seeing so many people get addicted and overdose on prescription opioids: there are simply too many of these drugs sitting in medicine cabinets. “Research indicates people who take opioid painkillers can quickly develop a dependence on this class of drug,” according to the National Safety Council’s informational website. “Yet, 70% of doctors prescribe highly addictive ...

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It’s National Prevention Week. Day Five’s Focus: Suicide Prevention

Suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people. And in many cases, it is preventable. “We know very clearly that, with proper identification, proper support and treatments that are suicide-specific, we absolutely can make a difference and save lives,” said David Jobes, head of Catholic University’s Suicide Prevention Lab in an article by NPR. “Most suicidal people who talk about suicide don’t really want to be dead. They’re giving other people lots of indications, lots of warning signs, lots of communications that this is something that they would like to not do, but it requires people identifying that and getting them the proper help.” About 2,000 people jump off the Golden Gate Bridge to commit suicide every ...

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Marijuana and Illicit Drugs - National Prevention Week: Day Four

Marijuana is perhaps one of the most polarizing substances we’ll discuss on National Prevention Week. Opinions around the country cover a wide spectrum. Should marijuana be legalized? Should it just be decriminalized? Should it be used only for medicinal purposes? (P.S. Contrary to popular belief, marijuana does not cure cancer, although it can make symptoms easier to deal with.) While there are arguments to be made for the different opinions, one thing we can all agree on is that teens should not use marijuana. Even in the states where recreational marijuana use is legal, it is only legal for those over age 21. “Marijuana is addicting, has adverse effects upon the adolescent brain, is a risk for both cardio-respiratory disease ...

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It’s National Prevention Week. Day Three’s Focus: Prescription & Opioid Drug Misuse image

It’s National Prevention Week. Day Three’s Focus: Prescription & Opioid Drug Misuse

Maybe you’ve heard about “The Opioid Crisis” in the news. It is one of the biggest public health epidemics of our time. According to the CDC, from 1999 to 2016, more than 630,000 people have died from a drug overdose. Around 66 percent of the more than 63,600 drug overdose deaths in 2016 involved an opioid. In 2016, the number of overdose deaths involving opioids (including prescription opioids and illegal opioids like heroin and illicitly manufactured fentanyl) was 5 times higher than in 1999, and on average, 115 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose. Unfortunately, according to the Region 4 Needs Assessment for the 23 counties that make up this part of Texas, “compared to the state and ...

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