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Tom Petty’s death ruled an accidental opioid overdose

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Tom Petty is one of the latest high-profile victims of America’s opioid crisis, according to the rock star’s autopsy results released over the weekend. Los Angeles County coroner spokesperson Ed Winter confirmed that Petty died of an accidental overdose of opiates at the age of 66 in October of last year. Coroners found a mixture […]

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More than half of those who overdose from opioids struggled with mental illness or chronic pain.

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The opioid crisis sweeping America has brought record-high overdose rates, and a new study shows that those who live with depression, anxiety, or chronic pain may be most at risk. According to a new report published in the American Journal of Psychiatry, more than half of those who have died from opioid overdose lived with […]

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Lady Gaga shows the world that fibromyalgia is real and can be debilitating

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Throughout her career, Lady Gaga has consistently worked to be an activist for a wide variety of social and health issues – ranging from teen LGBT issues and sexual assault to bringing light to eating disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder. For the singer, many of the issues that she works to bring awareness to are […]

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Sinead O’Connor reveals a harsh truth about mental illness

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The loss of two popular public figures in recent months has shone a spotlight on the risks of mental illness. Following the deaths of Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington and Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell, there was a massive outpouring of support and encouragement for those with mental illness to be unafraid to seek help and […]

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Chester Bennington’s suicide followed a life of depression, addiction, and trauma

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Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington was always upfront about his struggles with depression, substance abuse, and trauma from sexual abuse as a child. The way he channeled these demons through his voice and words helped countless fans cope with their own trials, expressing their own emotions in ways they never could. Last Thursday, the singer […]

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DIY Detox: Many Risks, Many Uncertainties

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With the opioid addiction problem in the U.S. reaching an all time high, we are faced with a shortage of detox and addiction rehab beds, as well as limits of public and private insurance to pay for treatment. Changes to the Affordable Health Care Act are looming in the Senate and could well remove opioid […]

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Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of death for Americans under 50

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America’s opioid crisis continues to grow, according to new data showing drug overdose deaths have reached a new record high across the country. As The New York Times reports, drug overdose deaths in 2016 leaped to 59,000, largely driven by opioid addiction and abuse combined with the recent spread of other dangerous drugs like fentanyl. […]

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Chris Cornell: A Shocking Tragedy or a Preventable Loss?

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When singer Chris Cornell was found dead by suicide last week, there was a tangible feeling of shock mixed in with the deep sadness of losing someone who has touched the hearts and souls of so many. Suicide is always as much a surprise as it is a tragedy, but even those closest to the […]

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Being the victim of bullying often leads to substance abuse and depression

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Bullying has been dismissed by some as “kids being kids” and “just a part of growing up”, but it is increasingly being recognized for what it really is: a devastating act with serious long-term implications. A new study conducted by researchers at the University of Delaware helps bring this into focus, showing that being the […]

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Drugged Driving Now Kills More People Than Drunk Driving

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Drugged driving is quickly becoming one of the leading causes of death in America, overtaking drunk driving in 2015 for the first time ever according to a new report. However, some say that drunk driving still poses a bigger danger to the U.S. and the newer phenomenon of drugged driving needs more research. The recently […]

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