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Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention

Maine lawmakers will be busy today dealing with veto messages by Gov. Paul LePage. A bill concerning drug overdose medication is deemed to be a priority. (sustainablepulse.com)

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine lawmakers meet today for a single purpose -- to address vetoes from Gov. Paul LePage -- and there is no shortage of them to consider. Assistant House Majority Leader Sara Gideon said a priority will be trying to overturn the LePage veto of LD 1547, a bill that provides access ...Read More

More people die from opiate overdoses than motor vehicle accidents, according to Dr. Safina Koreishi, medical director of Columbia Pacific CCO. (pixabay)

SEASIDE, Ore. - More people die from opiate overdoses than in motor vehicle accidents, according to Dr. Safina Koreishi, medical director of the Columbia Pacific Coordinated Care Organization. Koreishi and other health officials held the North Coast Opioid Summit on Thursday in Seaside to address t ...Read More

This Saturday is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, which is designed to keep people's extra medications out of the hands of addicts. (dodgerton skillhause/Morguefile)

HELENA, Mont. - On April 30, Montanans are encouraged to clean out their medicine cabinets and bring any unused medication to 20 sites across the state for National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. Statistics show 53 percent of people who abuse prescription painkillers get them from a friend or fami ...Read More

University of Wisconsin Health Allergist Dr. Mark Moss has tips on how to get through the long spring allergy season with minimal suffering. (UW Health)

MADISON, Wis. - Old Man Winter didn't do much of a number on Wisconsin this year, but then it seemed like spring would never come. This confused the trees as much as the millions of allergy sufferers in the Badger State. It's tree pollen this time of year that causes eye, nose, and throat misery ...Read More

As heroin use continues to rise in Illinois, a private substance abuse network is opening one of the first so-called sober dorms in the Midwest. (iStockphoto)

CHICAGO - A sober-living residence program for college-age adults is expanding in Illinois. The so-called sober dorm is slated to open in early July on Chicago's north side. The privately-funded recovery home will be run by the Rosecrance Health Network. This comes on the heels of a Roosevelt Univ ...Read More

Backed by extensive new research and a compelling personal story, Virginia social worker Allison Jackson comes to Charleston with big news about public health. (Courtesy of Jackson)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. – To improve public health, count the ACEs – the Adverse Childhood Experiences. That's the message coming to a social workers' conference in Charleston. Virginia social worker Allison Jackson comes backed with a lot of new research and a compelling personal story. ...Read More

Gov. Paul LePage continues to draw fire for last week's veto of a measure to make a lifesaving drug-overdose antidote available in Maine without a prescription. (Matt Gagnon/Wikipedia)

AUGUSTA, Maine - To save a life - or not? That's the question at the core of the debate brewing over the veto by Gov. Paul LePage of a bill that would provide easier access to a life-saving drug-overdose antidote. Kenny Miller, executive director of the Health Equity Alliance and co-founder of the ...Read More

Cheryl Culpepper says she is a recovering meth addict, working to get her criminal record sealed to help rebuild her life after successfully serving time. (C. Culpepper)

LAS VEGAS - This is "National Reentry Week," a recognition by the U.S J.ustice Department of the need to help people released from prison as they rebuild their lives. One local nonprofit, Nevada Legal Services, is offering its assistance free of charge, to people working to get their court record ...Read More

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