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After Losing 2 Sons To Overdose, Mom Shares Their Story To Help Others

Becky Savage is on a mission to help parents understand the dangers of prescription pills.  Losing a child is a parent’s worst nightmare. For Becky Savage, that nightmare became a reality twice within the same day, when her teenage sons Nick and Jack were both pronounced dead in her home after overdosing on prescription opioids.  […]

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Tennessee’s Mental Health Courts Strained By Budget Cuts, Demand Increase

The state ranks 35th in the nation when it comes to investing in mental health support. A new report by the Tennessean features the work of Tennessee’s mental health courts. These courts divert non-violent offenders living with mental health issues to services instead of jail, but they’re now struggling to handle the increasing caseload amid […]

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Employment Rights For Legal Marijuana Users Addressed In New Bill

Under the proposed legislation, federal employees living in pot-friendly states won’t be penalized for their cannabis use. New legislation proposed in the House of Representatives would protect federal employees from getting fired for using cannabis. The bipartisan bill—the Fairness in Federal Drug Testing Under State Laws Act—was introduced by Rep. Charlie Crist and Rep. Drew […]

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Animated Series Explores Science Of Addiction, Popular Misconceptions

The series’ goal is to dispel misinformation and to offer straightforward, science-based answers about addiction. A Washington, D.C.-based non-profit organization has created an animated series that attempts to explain the science behind substance dependency, as well as debunk misconceptions about the impact of drugs on the body and mind. The Addiction Policy Forum, which partners with dependency […]

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"Descendants" Star Dove Cameron Gets Candid About Anxiety, Panic Attacks

“Today I had my first full on panic attack in months. Out of nowhere, and for no reason. That’s just sometimes how anxiety goes.” Dove Cameron, the star of the Disney Channel film series Descendants, recently took to Twitter to discuss her struggles with anxiety and to offer advice to fans who may be dealing with […]

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Morning Roundup: July 31, 2018

Psychiatrist weighs in on relapse: ‘Forgive yourself,’ young people adopt vaping as smoking rate plummets, families ‘Walk for Hope‘ to combat opioid crisis. Reality TV and Mental Health: ‘I Wish I’d Never Gone on the Show’ [BBC] ‘Forgive Yourself’: Psychiatrist Weighs In on Relapse in Recovery [Today] Rival Opioid Makers Used the OxyContin Panic to […]

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PTSD Service Dogs Are Saving Lives

“If I could pin a medal on Aura, I would,” Evans asserts. “I feel safe in my own world since I’ve had Aura. She’s life saving.” United States Army Command Sergeant Major Gretchen Evans’ life changed forever in 2006. This was her ninth combat tour since joining the Army in 1979. It was early spring, […]

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The Curse of Comparison Culture

The Curse of Comparison Culture Have you ever scrolled through Facebook or Instagram and suddenly felt that lurch in the pit of your stomach when you spot your friend or colleague or cousin looking really thin? Or maybe really happy? Maybe it feels like their kids are never crying or perhaps they are always laughing […]

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Americans Not As Aware Of Opioid Crisis In Their Own Backyards, Study Finds

Americans are three times more likely to be informed about the opioid epidemic as a national problem rather than one in their own area. Despite the opioid epidemic dominating headlines, a new study has found that most Americans are not aware of the extent of the epidemic in their own areas of residence. The study, […]

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"Teen Mom OG" Star Ryan Edwards Arrested For Alleged Drug Possession

The arrest comes at a tumultuous time for Edwards who just announced that he quit Teen Mom OG over a network dispute. Reality television star Ryan Edwards was arrested on July 23 on what appeared to be charges of drug possession. Edwards, who recently announced that he and his spouse, Mackenzie Edwards, were leaving MTV’s Teen Mom OG series, […]