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By On January 23rd, 2018

Tom Petty’s death ruled an accidental opioid overdose

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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By On August 8th, 2017

Sinead O’Connor reveals a harsh truth about mental illness

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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By On July 6th, 2017

DIY Detox: Many Risks, Many Uncertainties

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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By On June 13th, 2017

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

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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By On May 24th, 2017

Chris Cornell: A Shocking Tragedy or a Preventable Loss?

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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