Reducing Stigma on International Overdose Awareness Day

August 31 is International Overdose Awareness Day – a global event dedicated to increasing education on the realities of drug overdoses and reducing the stigma of substance use disorder. It is also the kick-off to National Recovery Month, which takes place every year in September.  There were nearly 92,000 overdose deaths in the U.S. in …

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Common Signs of Alcohol Dependence Everyone Should Know

There’s a thin line between drinking for fun and developing a dependency, which is why everyone should be aware of the signs of alcohol dependence and the various indications that it’s time to take a step back—or get professional help. Social drinking is common, especially in younger populations. With April being Alcohol Awareness Month though, …

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Honoring Lives Lost: What is Black Balloon Day?

March 6 is Black Balloon Day, an annual event dedicated to recognizing and celebrating those who have lost their lives to substance overdoses. In doing so, we not only honor lives lost but also help raise awareness about the stark realities of substance misuse around the world, putting human names and faces behind the often …

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The Risks of Substance Use During Pregnancy: What Can Happen

The dangers associated with substance use during pregnancy cannot be overstated, and any woman who may feel vulnerable or susceptible to substance use during this time should be given adequate resources and treatment, with zero judgment. Both mother and child’s health remain top priority, and for that reason it’s good to be aware of potential …

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