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Native and white Americans dying prematurely, study shows
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A study by the National Cancer Institute published in The Lancet finds that white and Native Americans are dying prematurely and suicides and drug overdoses are partially to blame. Not since AIDS The study was conducted by the Institute’s Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics. Meredith Shiels is an investigator for the Division and one […]


Mendocino to stop responding to nonviolent crisis calls
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Since the closure of the Mendocino County’s Psychiatric Health Facility (PHF) in 1999, law enforcement and medical professionals have been carrying the burden of psychiatric crises in the county. A psychiatric or mental health crisis (called a “5150”) is when a person is at the risk of harming him or herself, or is considered a […]


Too anxious to talk? Selective mutism could be the problem
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Anxiety disorders are the most common mental disorders in the United States, affecting 40 million American adults every year, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA). Phobia is also a kind of anxiety disorder, and one of the most common phobias is the fear of public speaking. People who are afflicted with […]


American Foundation for Suicide Prevention meeting with Phoenix lawmakers
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Over the course of a day’s work at a full-time job, one person in Arizona dies by suicide – every single day. Advocates from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention are set to meet with lawmakers in the state capitol Tuesday, January 24, 2017, to hearten support of prioritizing suicide prevention legislation this year. State […]


Study finds women of childbearing age using opioids nonmedically
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A study from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) finds that women of childbearing age use opioids nonmedically. These women lag behind nonchildbearing-age women in this respect; however, the SAMHSA findings are cause for concern. Using while pregnant On average, over 20,000 pregnant women aged 15 to 44 used opioids nonmedically in […]


Children born addicted have lower academic performance
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Substance abuse has escalated to such levels in the United States that it is affecting even the infants. Children born to mothers who abused drugs during pregnancy are at risk of being born addicted. Such children get afflicted with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) or fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS). NAS refers to problems that affect a […]


Initiatives bring help for intimate partner violence to the local hair salon
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A trembling voice asked a loved one to watch her kids because her partner had “some business to attend to” and she didn’t know how long it would take, thus, she pleaded if the children could spend the night if she didn’t return in good time. Women who are being abused at home are often […]


Study suggests that drinking to ease trauma makes it worse
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People consume alcohol for a wide variety of reasons. It may be to celebrate happy occasions, or it could be to hide pain or suffering. However, drinking to forget painful memories may be self-defeating, says a recent study by Johns Hopkins Medicine published in Translational Psychiatry. Measuring the response The study identified the mechanism responsible […]


Naloxone now available without a prescription at Walgreens in Arizona

Naloxone has been hailed as a life-saving drug that combats the negative effects of an opioid overdose, during which a person may experience depressed (slowed) respiration, sedation and dangerously low blood pressure. A type of opioid antagonist, naloxone within a matter of minutes reverses the negative effects produced by opioid drugs, including heroin and prescription […]


New Mexico debuts effort against drug overdoses
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  Although New Mexico’s rate of fatal drug overdoses dropped in 2015, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently reported the state still ranked eighth in the U.S. In response, State Attorney General Hector Balderas, law enforcement officials and district attorneys have created the Opioid Prevention and Education Network (OPEN), a new statewide […]


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