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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 image

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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It’s National Prevention Week. Day Four’s Focus: Marijuana and Illicit Drugs image

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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It’s National Prevention Week. Day Two’s Focus: Underage Drinking and Alcohol Misuse image

It’s National Prevention Week. Day Two’s Focus: Underage Drinking and Alcohol Misuse

Summer is approaching, and more teens take their first drink in June and July than in any other months of the year. But what’s the big deal if teens drink? Did you know that the average age of first use in Texas is 13, while the average age for the U.S. is 16? That’s a problem because teens who start drinking before age 15 are seven times more likely to become alcohol dependent and when teens drink, they binge drink 90 percent of the time. Some parents believe if their child doesn’t get behind the wheel, then drinking is safe. But only 1/3 of alcohol-related deaths for people under 21 are car crashes. Here are some other negative outcomes from ...

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It’s National Prevention Week. Day One’s Focus: Mental Health image

It’s National Prevention Week. Day One’s Focus: Mental Health

Out of all the health issues we face today, perhaps one that the public most misunderstands is mental health. According to the Centers for Disease Control, mental illnesses are “conditions that affect a person’s thinking, feeling, mood or behavior, such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, or schizophrenia. Such conditions may be occasional or long-lasting (chronic) and affect someone’s ability to relate to others and function each day.” Mental health issues are more common than you might think. In 2014, “about one in five American adults experienced a mental health issue, one in 10 young people experienced a period of major depression, and one in 25 Americans lived with a serious mental illness, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or major depression,” ...

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