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Prescribing Opioids to Children: The Dangers and Misconceptions

With the rising opioid epidemic at hand, it’s important to safely and efficiently treat chronic pain conditions, especially when it comes to children. Opioids have a similar chemical structure to heroin and have addicting properties. The misuse of opioids can have frightening effects on the body such as; an increase in blood pressure, heart rate, organ damage, seizures, and potentially death.  The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) are trying to reduce the number of opioids prescribed to eliminate patients with chronic short and long-term pain from becoming addicted.

Positive Perceptions of Prom

Prom is a night that many teens in high school look forward to all year.  Take this opportunity to make sure your kids understand the dangers of alcohol and drug use.  A common perception many people have regarding prom is that teens having a few drinks to celebrate their special night is a Rite of Passage. While most teens are excited to experience this special occasion, prom should not be all about drinking. In fact, alcohol should have nothing to do with prom.  According to teendriversource.org, alcohol is involved in one in four crash fatalities among those under age 21 in the U.S.

What’s Up with Steroids?

Steroids are organic compounds which the body makes naturally to combat disease and illnesses and to help balance the body when needed. The most common form of steroids seen in the body is in the form of a hormone. Two of the most heard about hormones that the body produces are the sex hormones known as estrogen and testosterone, with estrogen being predominate in females and testosterone in males. A problem regarding hormones is the abuse and misuse of anabolic steroids which are man-made versions of the male sex hormone, testosterone.

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