Teen Opioid Abuse Often Starts with a Legal Prescription
Monday, March 27, 2017

Prescription drug abuse is a growing problem for adults and teens around the world. A new study from the University of Michigan found that most American teens who abuse opioids such as hydrocodone, oxycodone, or fentanyl were originally prescribed the drugs by a doctor or health professional. Researchers had previously found that prescription drug abuse could increase the risk of teens moving on to harder illegal drugs such as heroin. However, there is some good news: two long-term studies funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say that opioid use by teens and opioid poisoning among young children are declining. .. read more..

Changing School Nutrition Standards
Monday, March 20, 2017

With the change in leadership in Washington, D.C., federal school nutrition standards in the United States are under review. Former First Lady Michelle Obama pushed to combat obesity by promoting healthier school lunch programs. Some students complained. Lobbyists are now urging lawmakers to loosen nutrition standards to reduce whole grain requirements and allow for saltier foods. .. read more..

Facebook Introduces Suicide Risk Detection Tools
Monday, March 13, 2017

Facebook now uses artificial intelligence to identify users who might pose a suicide risk. Complicated algorithms scan users’ posts or comments, allowing Facebook to spot signs of suicidal thoughts or threats. People at risk can use Facebook’s Messenger platform to contact U.S. mental health organizations and get help. If you are thinking about suicide, call 911 or your local emergency number. .. read more..

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