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Driving Drunk with Child in Car is Now Felony in New York

Former New York governor David Paterson signed a bill called Leandra’s Law on Wednesday This means driving drunk with child in a car is now a felony in New York. Lenny Rosado, the father of 11-year-old Leandra Rosado, who was killed in a drunk-driving accident last month, broke down in tears after the Senate voted …

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Effects of OCD

Obsessive compulsive disorder can turn your life upside down. You feel like your thoughts and behaviors have control over you and that you’re powerless to change them. Obsessive compulsive disorder is a serious psychiatric condition. Left untreated, the effects of OCD could damage your physical and mental health. Signs and Symptoms of OCD People with …

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Overdose Rates in the U.S. Rise Nearly 30% in One Year

Drug overdose is an increasing public health burden in the U.S., with 63,600 deaths reported in 2016, 42,249 of which were attributed to opioids. The only opioid drug that saw an overdose mortality decrease in 2016 was methadone. Experts blame much of the increase on synthetic opioids such as fentanyl, which is about 50 times …

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One in Eight Emergency Room Visits Related to Mental Illness or Substance Abuse

Of the 95 million emergency room visits estimated that occurred in 2007, 12 million of them were attributed to a mental disorder, substance abuse condition, or both. According to a new statistical report from Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), one in eight visits by adults to hospital emergency departments was related to the …

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Vancouver’s Controversial “Safe House” for Drug Addicts

For seven years, Vancouver’s “safe house” for drug addicts has been the centerpiece of a controversial social experiment. Kevin Johnson of USA TODAY writes that just blocks from the city’s picturesque waterfront—the colorful backdrop of the Winter Olympic Games—is a small storefront where addicts come with their illegal drugs, register their name and substance of …

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Canada’s Anti-Drunk-Driving Campaigns are Most Successful

A new study found that Canada’s anti-drunk-driving advertisements are more effective than those in some other English-speaking countries. Of the five countries studied, Canada had the highest number of difference anti-drinking-and-driving campaigns and a lower fatality rate than the US. Canada’s annual drunk-driving fatality rate is about 2.61 per 100,000 population compared to the US, …

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