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For 50 years Sesame Street has brought issues facing families to the forefront of the public conscious, while giving children the message that they are not alone. Earlier this month, Sesame Street introduced a new puppet named Karli who has a parent – her mother – who suffers from opioid addiction. Karli is in foster care as her mother works to take care of her illness. The Sesame Workshop also offers videos, a storybook, and other articles and activities that can help parents, caregivers, educators, and health care providers talk to children about addiction. Making children feel comfortable talking about this issue and their accompanying feelings is essential. Read More
With opioids as the number one cause of drug overdose deaths in the US, the spotlight has been on reducing the overprescribing of opioids for those facing chronic or intermittent pain. Those efforts have paid off with a reduction, since 2012, in the overall amount of opioid prescriptions being dispensed. Seeing more patients who can benefit from alternative pain management approaches and bypass the need to take opioids is certainly a positive result of these efforts, yet focus has been lacking on patients who have been taking opioids for a long time and who experience harm when they are abruptly taken off these medications. Read More
The fall brings back to school time and with the stresses of homework, exams, activities, and more, college students can be at risk for use and abuse of alcohol and drugs. While the 2018 Monitoring the Future College Students and Young Adults Survey from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed a significant decline in prescription opioid misuse (5.4 percent in 2013 to 2.7 percent in 2018), there are still concerns of injury and death from illegally obtained opioids and other drugs. A recent article in USA Today shared the story of James and Mary Winnefeld who created the SAFE Project after their son passed away from an overdose after only four days at college. Read More