Lorain County morgue in Ohio records deaths as due to ‘natural death, homicide, suicide, accident, and what we call undetermined,’ says Stephen Evans, the county’s coroner. Overdoses are classed as accidental, and numbers have tripled in the last four years (132 in 2016). ‘Ninety-five per cent of our deaths are what we call a mixed-drugs overdose, with opioids like fentanyl and heroin being number one,’ Evans says. He classifies an overdose as suicide if the quantity taken is very large. ‘Some coroners’ offices rule these deaths as homicides. Because right now, our biggest problem is that the dealers are substituting fentanyl, which is a synthetic narcotic. And so the person thinks that they’re injecting heroin, but in fact they’re injecting fentanyl, and they die because it’s 100 times stronger than heroin.’ In 2017 the oldest victim was a man of 75 who shared a needle with his grandson. Lorain County, population … [Read more...] about The opioid epidemic comes to the UK
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More American teens and young adults appear to be struggling with mental health issues, and experts believe a number of cultural trends may help explain why. A new study found the percentage of teens and young adults with depression, anxiety and other mental health issues has increased sharply over the past decade. The same pattern was not seen in older adults. "We found significant increases in major depression, serious psychological distress which includes anxiety and hopelessness and suicidal thoughts and suicide attempts among teens and young adults with smaller, more inconsistent increases among adults age 26 and older," study author Jean Twenge told CBS News. Twenge is a psychology professor and author of the book "iGen: Why Today's Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy — and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood," The researchers found the rate of adolescents reporting symptoms consistent with major depression in the last 12 … [Read more...] about Depression, anxiety, suicide increase in teens and young adults, study finds
This week, Democrats returned to Washington with the authority to investigate a Trump White House that is suspected of foreign collusion, conflicts of interest, and mismanagement of the federal government. How far will they go, asks Jason ZengerleAs political life kicked back into action in Washington this week, a number of letters were in circulation. All were sent by US Representative Elijah Cummings.One letter was jointly addressed to US Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, and acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, demanding the age, gender, country of origin, and current location of every child who was separated from his or her parents under the Trump administration’s immigration policy.Another will have gone to Pat Cipollone, the White House counsel, asking for the identities of any senior White House officials who have used — as Hillary Clinton once did — nongovernment email accounts to conduct official … [Read more...] about Trump’s Inquisitors: How far will the Democrats go with their new found investigative powers?
Gregory Korte USA TODAY Published 9:09 AM EST Dec 27, 2018 When Daniel Cuciak went online this month to check his student loan balance, his first reaction was disbelief. His loan balance – which had been nearly $35,000 – had been reduced to zero. After nine months of phone calls, chasing down paperwork – and even getting his senator involved – it was the confirmation he was hoping for: The U.S. Department of Education was forgiving his student loans under a program to help people who work in public service jobs. Cuciak is one of a lucky few. Federal data released this week shows that 41,000 people have applied under the new Public Service Loan Forgiveness program – but as of Sept. 30, only 206 had received it. That success rate – just 0.5 percent of borrowers who apply – has frustrated applicants, student advocates and consumer groups, who say borrowers made … [Read more...] about Student loans: 41,000 sought forgiveness; 206 got it
Jessica Guynn USA TODAY Published 8:32 PM EST Dec 19, 2018 SAN FRANCISCO – Abbey Fatica joined Facebook in 2004 after graduating from Ohio State, when the social network was for college students only. Soon it became an everyday – or even every hour – part of her life, constantly tugging at her attention, whether she was posting pictures of her four children, updates from her two businesses or catching up with friends and relatives. But over the past year, Fatica, a 37-year-old writer who lives outside Columbus, Ohio, began to notice that her anxiety levels rose each time she checked Facebook, especially when her connections shared mommy-shaming articles or disturbing videos from local newscasts. Last February, Fatica took a month-long break from social media. In retrospect, she says, "that was the beginning of deleting Facebook." In November, she closed her account and never looked back. "I'm free!" … [Read more...] about These people deleted their Facebook accounts and have no regrets