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Inside the Prescription Drug Epidemic Through the Experiences of a Neonatal Nurse

A Florida neonatal nurse details the impact of the prescription drug epidemic of the early 2010s and her efforts to fight it in a new book called STOPPNow.

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Saving Someone’s Sunshine: A Mother Turns To NOPE To Save Young Lives

Erin Guercio lost her daughter Sierra to a bad decision involving drugs. Now she does NOPE presentations in St. Lucie and Martin counties in Florida. She tells students to be brave and strong in resisting the temptation to try drugs.

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How Long Does It Take To Get Addicted To A Dangerous Drug?

That depends on many factors. All of our bodies are different, and there are many different drugs. Bottom line: don’t experiment or use dangerous drugs because trying the drug even once can be dangerous.

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Combating Sober Houses and Other Problematic Issues in Florida’s Drug Overdose Epidemic

Florida has become a medical vacation destination as parents send their adult children there for treatment. Result: a massive recovery industry has been created with little oversight – until now.

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New Reality in Drugs

A new federal report finds that 1 in 7 in U.S. will face substance addiction. One solution to the drug crisis: parents need to talk their children about addiction – today.

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Naloxone: A Tool -- Not Treatment -- In Saving Lives

The drug naloxone reverses overdoses, but it needs to be used as a tool -- not treatment – in saving lives, much like a defibrillator for the heart attack victim. We need more effective ways to save people from drug overdoses.

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