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The opioid crisis started because some doctors didn’t realize how addictive opioid-based painkillers were when prescribing them. Today, physicians understand the dangers and prescribe these medications in very limited amounts, but there are still millions of people suffering from addiction to prescription-strength painkillers. As a result, the United States and its territories have spent $630 billion since 2007 on combating the opioid epidemic. These costs are continuing to rise. By 2040, those costs are expected to come to more than $2 trillion.

The concern over the opioid epidemic has been reignited recently as Purdue Pharma, which manufactures OxyContin, filed for…

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Drug usage at an early age can affect brain development and set students on a path of bad decisions. Educators who can talk to their students about drug use have the potential to change lives and keep their students safe. However, discussing drugs with children and teens can be tricky. According to recent research, these are the most effective ways of discussing drugs with students.

Avoid Scare Tactics or False Information

A few decades ago, the DARE program was the most common way of discussing drugs. This program included a lot of gruesome imagery and false statements about the dangers of various drugs. Studies on the…

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Following OxyContin’s introduction in 1997 by Purdue Pharma and the ensuing marketing campaign to sell as much product as possible, opioid addiction rates in the United States skyrocketed to epidemic levels.

Tens of thousands of Americans die each year from opioid overdoses — many of them minors. …

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When you work in an office, you have a set space with expectations for what happens there. Home has generally been a place to hang out and do whatever one feels like doing. When you start working from home, Ember Conley believes that setting new boundaries and expectations with yourself and your family is essential.

For many people suddenly working from home without any idea on how to handle it, you may have waited to start drawing boundaries until after you already had some problems. While it’s easy to get angry at your family for not respecting your work time…

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COVID is one of the biggest public health crises to hit the world in the past few decades. However, before COVID came on the scene, there were already some major health emergencies happening. In the past few years, the number of opioid addictions and overdoses have skyrocketed. For those already damaged by the opioid crisis, the pandemic has only worsened their situation. There are several ways COVID has affected the opioid epidemic.

Stress and Inactivity Makes It Harder to Stay Sober

One of the big challenges of the coronavirus pandemic is how it combines long stretches of boredom with constant stress. This mental strain is making many people turn…

A legislature is a law-making body of a political subdivision within a federal system. Within the United States, there are only 50 state legislatures, despite not requiring passports to travel to Puerto Rico and Guam, American Samoa, Northern Mariana Islands, or US Virgin Islands. They are considered self-governing territories and are thus exempt. In addition, the District of Columbia is a special federal district. Only states can have federal voting privileges.

The formal name of a state legislature can vary, depending on the state. For certain states, it is known simply as the Legislature. …

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Based in Utah, Dr. Ember Conley is a self-advocate who values perseverance and determination in a person. Learn more at

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