Merced residents say more resources needed for substance abuse recovery

The rate of substance abuse and overdose deaths in Merced County are soaring. But there is no local overnight detox center and few other resources are available for addicts seeking recover. “There’s just not a lot of understanding or empathy in the community. There’s still a big stigma and criminalization of addicts.” Read more at […]

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Local college to go smoke-free

The Sacramento Community College is going smoke and tobacco free by the fall semester, making it the last of the Los Rios colleges to ban smoking on campus. This change comes after a survey last spring showed that about half of teachers and students said they would prefer a smoke-free campus. “In addition to being harmful to health, addiction to […]

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Forgive

A poem by M., a 17-year-old ward of the court in Los Angeles, relates the emotional pain wrought by drug addiction, neglect, and experiencing the loss of an estranged parent. “As we were driving to the hospital I was asking why, but nobody would look me in the eyes.” The poem comes from The Beat Within and is posted on […]

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‘Betting on our future’: A young gambler’s story

A young man who struggled with a gambling addiction tells his story; starting out as an adolescent playing games for a few dollars, he ended up contemplating suicide and finally seeking help. He identifies certain emotional factors at play in his problem. “I believe that every time you go from generation to generation if there’s some type of addiction, it kind of reshapes or reforms. And where […]

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The nation needs a cure for prescription drug abuse

Cyrus Abusaba’s mother died from an overdose of alcohol and anti-anxiety pills; years later, he sees his peers abusing the medication, thinking it was harmless. “As the coroner pronounced my mother’s death, he turned to my stepfather and said, ‘We are seeing this happen all the time.’” His commentary is a sad warning to other young people that prescription medications, […]

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