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Common Reasons Teens Abuse Alcohol or Drugs

The teen years are often considered the most difficult period of a person’s life. After all, how often do you hear anyone over the age of 30 wistfully say, “Oh, to be 15 again…”? Probably never. It’s a vulnerable time of life as teens attempt to navigate the precarious bridge between childhood and adulthood. And…

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Opioid Crisis in America

In 2017, President Trump declared a national public health emergency in response to the growing opioid crisis in America. While addiction rates among all psychoactive substances have not increased much in the past ten years, opioid use and fatal overdoses have skyrocketed. Deaths from prescription opioids quadrupled between 2014 and 2017, demonstrating the severity of…

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Opiates Definition

The opiates’ definition is any naturally occurring or lab-produced medication made from opium. Opiates can include both prescription medications, like oxycodone and OxyContin, and illicit narcotics, like heroin. The opiate epidemic has led to fatal heroin overdoses quadrupling since 2010, with two-thirds of all fatal overdoses in 2016 alone involving opiates. In 2017, a record-setting…