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How an Obituary Can Help Save Others from Addiction
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img source: public domain   Being addicted to drugs is becoming more of a reality, especially for those who have endured a loss of a loved one. This happened in the town of Burlington, VT.  Sean Tyler Stem passed from his addiction to heroin at the young age of 26. Although this occurrence seems all too common, his family wanted to make a more lasting mark.  The Stem family used this experience to combat drug abuse and reach for donations to kick start a campaign supporting drug abuse victims. The family’s efforts didn’t stop there, engraving a sentimental, yet hopeful,...

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The Death of Prince: Points to Overdose
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img source: The Guardian   The drug in question? Percocet. It is commonly prescribed in pill form and made up of one part over-the-counter-style pain killer, like Tylenol, and another part oxycodone — a powerful opioid pain-killing sedative that has its own history of inducing fatal overdoses. This prescription drug is very well known, especially around Minnesota, where Prince had resided for the majority of his 57 years.   During a conference, one speaker noted that Prince’s addiction to opioids started innocently enough after a dentist prescribed such opioids following a "minor dental procedure," the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported at the...

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New Company Delivers HIV Meds to Your Doorstep
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img source: Forbes.com   Nurx is a relatively new company to enter the pharmaceutical market. In 2014, Nurx began offering birth control pills to be delivered straight to your door through an easy to use web interface. Now, Nurx is adding HIV-prevention pills (Preexposure medication known simply as PrEP).   The innovative approach is to combine a smartphone app-based interface with speedy delivery of medications. Nurx hopes that populations like gay men of color, transgender women, and sex workers that are hardest to reach will now have more access to these necessary medications.   The app interface first begins with...

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Cleveland Brown's Josh Gordon Suspended for a Third Time
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img source: Bleacher Report   Josh Gordon is not new to the NFL suspension game. Earlier this week, Gordon was reported testing positive for his substance of abuse test.   Josh Gordon is a wide receiver for the Cleveland Browns. In a statement released by the general manger, “As we have conveyed, we are disappointed to once again be at this point with Josh.” Their sentiments are substantiated.   This marks Gordon’s third suspension to date. Three consecutive years in a row. His first suspension fronted his 2013 season (missing two games) and Gordon was still able to lead the NFL...

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Increasing Dopamine Will Make You Happier. Here's How
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img source: public domain   It should not be a secret that altering your dopamine levels can directly affect your mood, behavior, and energy. However, did you know that dopamine levels can also be altered by your perception? A simple change on your outlook, can have profound effects on your day-to-day happiness. Here are some ways you can increase dopamine levels, without needing pills:   First, and foremost, don’t get addicted. Upon inspection of addictive behavior, studies show an underlying cause of low dopamine levels. The “addiction” whether it be food, drugs, etc… presents a quick-hit to correct your dopamine...

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