By Beth Burgess Stress in America soared to record levels in 2017, with much of the brunt borne by southeastern states, such as Georgia. The Peach State ranked as the eighth most stressed state in the nation, with several crucial issues contributing to that score. According to the January 2017 American Psychological Association’s (APA) Stress…

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Binge drinking on college campuses is a serious health threat to students. Young people headed to school for the first (or fourth) time need the truth from their parents and other trusted adults about the dangers of binge drinking. And the truth is, binge drinking kills more than 1,000 college students each year in the…

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Opioid addiction represents a nationwide epidemic responsible for tens of thousands of deaths each year. And while no group–be it men or women, young or old–are spared, few groups have felt the effects of the rising tide of the epidemic like veterans. According to a 2011 study, patients of the Veterans Health Administration are twice…

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Despite the fact that many commonly used drugs are illegal, there’s a greater portion of the population suffering from addiction today than at any other time in our history. In fact, the misuse of mind-altering substances has become so pervasive in the U.S. that it’s even alarmingly common among adolescents and teens. Statistics show that…

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There are a number of important factors that we know can contribute to a person developing an addiction. For instance, we know that things like one’s environment, one’s social circumstances and simply one’s physical access to drugs can be hugely influential in whether or not a person becomes addicted. However, we still know very little…

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We all know that nobody is immune to becoming an addict. The nation’s opioid crisis has proven that. But why is it that people in the nursing profession – those providing frontline care to the sick and among the most admired professionals in America – appear to be even more susceptible it? Perhaps the more…

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Pain and anxiety often go hand in hand. Unfortunately, the medications used to relieve them should not. That’s why the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently mandated sweeping changes to the warning labels of opioid painkillers and anxiety medications, also known as central nervous system depressants. The FDA now requires box warnings, the most serious…

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