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What South Carolina is Doing with Increased Funding to Fight Opioid Crisis?
South Carolina has recently received one of the largest surges in funding to fight the opioid crisis in the state with over $20 million in funds from the US Department of Health and Human Services. This will go toward prevention, treatment as well as recovery of what is known as opioid use disorder. In the ...
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Teenage Tobacco Use Soaring According to CDC
With all the dangers of tobacco use well documented, you’d think that people under the age of twenty would want nothing to do with it. A recent report from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention however, shows that is not the case. Indeed, the number of young people using tobacco is not only climbing, ...
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Why Social Media is Causing Increases in Teen Depression
There is no denying that teenagers are under more pressure than ever before. Teen depression is on the rise, with millions of teens suffering in the United States. One of the potential factors for this increase is the increase in teen’s social media use. Teens are on their phones and other electronic devices around the ...
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What the Recent News Surrounding Celebrity Overdoses Tells Us About the Drug Epidemic
It’s hard to go more than a few weeks without hearing about another celebrity dying or almost dying from a drug overdose. Celebrities have every monetary possession available to them, yet many of them still find themselves dealing with the same demons that affect each and every one of us on a daily basis. There ...
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5 Reasons You Shouldn’t Replace Your Smoking Habit with Vaping
More than 70% of smokers indicate that they would like to quit. Smoking has many serious health effects including increasing your risk of death from heart disease and increasing your risk of stroke and cancer. One fairly new trend in the world of smoking is vaping or the use of e-cigarettes. Quitting is never easy ...
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Americans Are Now More Likely To Die Of An Opioid Overdose Than on The Road
Americans now have a 1 in 96 chance of dying from an opioid overdose, according to the council’s analysis of 2017 data on accidental death. The probability of dying in a motor vehicle crash is 1 in 103. “The nation’s opioid crisis is fueling the Council’s grim probabilities, and that crisis is worsening with an ...
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Behavioral Health Services Association (BHSA) Board Seminar
This weekend, The Forrester Center’s leadership attended the Behavioral Health Services Association (BHSA) Board Seminar in Myrtle Beach. The weekend was filled with fantastic speakers who shared powerful information on board leadership, state substance use priorities, and current legislative affairs....
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Why Anxiety is Becoming So Apparent in Adolescents
Adolescence has always been a difficult time in a person’s life. It’s the time at which we slowly turn from children into adults, both physically and mentally. We begin to forge our own lives away from our parents, preferring to spend time with our own friends, and of course adolescence is the time when romance ...
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Tips to Follow to Reduce Stress This Holiday Season
If you want to avoid a stressful holiday period, then here are six tips you might wish to follow: Spend Within Your Means It’s fine being generous, but not if you have to deal with a hefty credit card bill in January. Most people prefer ‘personal’ gifts – they can get the latest electronic gizmo ...
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Common Signs That Your Teen May be Abusing Drugs
Are you struggling to determine whether or not your teenager may be abusing drugs? If so, know that you are not alone. Unfortunately the number of teens abusing drugs is on the rise and it’s more important than ever for parents to be extremely proactive when it comes to spotting common signs of drug abuse. ...
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