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March Is Self-Injury Awareness Month

Self-injury or self-harm is a response to severe emotional distress. Intentional, non-suicidal injuries are a way for a person to mirror psychological pain with physical pain. In some cases, the physical injury has a temporary calming effect and, in others, a self-inflicted wound is a means of “feeling something” to combat emotional numbness. For more […]




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Criminalizing Drug Overdoses For Inducing Panic? Really?

Nestled between Columbus and Cincinnati, Washington Court House, Ohio, a town with little more than 14,000 residents at last count, is now charging drug overdose survivors with “inducing panic.” The misdemeanor, which can result in a $1,000 fine and up to 180 days in jail, is levied immediately after first responders save a victim’s life, […]




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Mental Health and Addiction Coverage in Danger of Repeal and Replace

Change is never easy, but it’s even more complex when there’s a seismic shift in ideology and policy put forth by the federal government. Under the new administration, Republicans are pushing the American Healthcare Act in an effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act passed during the Obama Administration. If the Republican sponsored […]




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E-Cigarette Dripping Causes Toxic Emissions for Teenagers

The sale of cigarettes is in a steady decline. However, that doesn’t mean teenagers and adults aren’t getting their nicotine fix. E-cigarettes, which use battery heated coils to turn liquid into vapor, are an $8 billion market, reports Bloomberg, and almost half of worldwide sales – 43 percent – are in the United States. A […]




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Original Joe’s Restaurant Goes Viral For Sober Responsibility Against DUIs

It’s a common dilemma: what to do with your car after consuming a little too much alcohol while on a night out with family and friends? Making the right decision is critical. One business owner is doing his part to reward customers for making the responsible choice and keeping the roads safer. In October last […]




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‘Unhooked’ is a Mother’s Story About Facing Her Son’s Addiction

“You don’t see cancer patients or diabetics stealing from the jewelry box or the family,” Annie Highwater writes in the description of her book, “Unhooked: A Mother’s Story of Unhitching from the Roller Coaster of Her Son’s Addiction.” Battling her son’s addiction to opioids, this mother admits she was self-righteous about the fact that addiction […]




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