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What is the Opioid Crisis, and what caused it?

Blog What is the Opioid Crisis, and what caused it? Since the 1990s, the US has seen significant increases in the rates of opioid abuse and opioid-related deaths. In fact, the issue has become so severe and prominent in the country, that many health organizations have categorized this crisis as a national emergency and an “Opioid Epidemic.” The Opioid Crisis describes the abuse of prescription opioids like oxycodone and non-prescribed opioids like heroin and fentanyl. During the 1990s, pharmaceutical companies Continue reading →

Substance Use Disorder Prevention during COVID-19

Blog Substance Use Disorder Prevention during COVID-19 The COVID-19 pandemic is a difficult experience for everyone, especially students and young adults. Due to social restrictions created by the pandemic, students have less access to friends, family, and other support systems to help manage stress and anxiety. This may prompt students to begin turning to prescription medications or other substances to cope. With many help centers and facilities closed, it is even more difficult for students to get help. That is Continue reading →

Prescription Drug Misuse in High Schools

Blog Prescription Drug Misuse in High School With school opening back up for the fall, parents and students need to recognize the dangers of prescription drug misuse when students are in school. School is stressful. With frequent tests, quizzes, assignments, presentations, late nights studying, and more, most students often feel overwhelming school pressure. This in itself can encourage students to look to prescription medications to relieve their stress, help them focus, or give them more energy. Many students also experience Continue reading →

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