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Mental illness skyrockets within U.S. workforce
01-30-17 Category: Mental Health, Research

“There is increasing evidence that both the content and context of work can play a role in the development of mental health problems in the workplace,” says the World Health Organization (WHO) in its report titled “Mental Health Policies and Programs in the Workplace.” Emphasizing on workplace stress, an article published in Bloomberg’s Bureau of […]

7 traffickers arrested for forging prescriptions to obtain oxycodone
01-30-17 Category: Medicine, Substance Abuse

Seven members of a drug trafficking ring operating in New York City were arrested on Jan. 23, 2017, for using forged prescriptions for almost five years to obtain supplies of synthetic opioid drug oxycodone for resale. Approximately 160,000 pills with a value of nearly $3 million were sold on the streets of the city during […]

O.C. doctors accused of shelling out non-Rx opioids

Next week, Feb. 1-2, 2017, one of two doctors in Orange County accused of illegally prescribing opioids for nonmedical purposes will face pretrial hearings that could end with his medical license being revoked. The doctors’ practices were subject to unrelated undercover investigations between 2013 and 2015. The indictments were filed this past December. What the […]

San Clemente golf cart drivers: Beware of DUI

A San Clemente, California, man has been released Monday, Jan. 23, and now faces DUI charges after a golf cart he was driving crashed East of Palm Desert, ejecting the passenger from the vehicle. Golf carts, low-speed and neighborhood electric vehicles are ever-popular in beachside bedroom communities such as San Clemente, and thus, this may […]

01-26-17 Category: Mental Illness

Addiction and mental illness are separate conditions, but they greatly influence each other. The relationship can be understood through an example: for a person with an inflammation due to a cut finger, the injury happened first and the inflammation was a result of the injury, but now they are linked. There has been a historical […]

Fitness blogger experiences improved self-image after gaining weight

A former Australian model turned fitness blogger recently informed her Instagram followers that she had gained 13 kg. (28.6 lbs.) and couldn’t be happier. She posted two photos on her Instagram page – one taken in 2008 when she weighed 47 kg. (103.6 lbs.) and the other snapped last year after becoming 13 kg. heavier […]

Washington legislative panel recommends improvements in state mental care system
01-20-17 Category: Advocacy, Mental Health

A bipartisan committee of Washington legislators recently sent a letter to Gov. Jay Inslee with recommendations on how to improve the state’s beleaguered mental health care system. The Select Committee on Quality in State Hospitals, comprising eight members, outlined several problems faced by two state hospitals in Washington, including: Discharge delays Long waiting time for […]


Last October, Orange County sheriff’s deputies began carrying naloxone kits. In response to the nationwide increase in opioid overdoses, law enforcement agencies across the country have supplied their officers with these kits. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), from 1996 to 2014, civilians saved over 26,000 fellow civilians from overdose fatalities. […]

Older people, chronic disease, depression
01-18-17 Category: Addiction, Depression, Mental Health

Disease, dementia, problems getting around: These are things associated with aging. But problem drinking? Isn’t that a problem of younger people? No. As the National Institute on Aging warns, anyone at any age can have a problem with alcohol. Alarmingly, a new study from the University of Georgia at Athens (UGA) has found that older […]

Northern California witnesses increase in opioid overdose deaths
01-18-17 Category: Addiction, Substance Abuse

Like other rural counties in the United States, rural California is also struggling to combat the growing prescription painkiller epidemic. In 2002, only one Northern California County – Humboldt – had over 20 drug poisoning deaths per 100,000 residents. However, by 2014, the number of counties had grown to 10, mainly due to prescription opioids. […]

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