A memorial in Huntington, West Virginia, where 28 people overdosed on heroin laced with fentanyl in the span of six hours on August 15, 2016. Brendan SmiaIowski/AFP/Getty Images

2017 was the worst year ever for drug overdose deaths in America

2016 was the worst year for drug overdose deaths in America — at least, until 2017 came along. According to preliminary data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 72,000 people in the US are predicted to have died from drug overdoses in 2017 — nearly 200 a day. That’s up from 2016, which […]

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Self-acceptance

Seven ways to accept yourself and feel good enough

In past articles, we talked about feeling not good enough and being stuck in trying to be perfect. Today, we will explore some alternative perspectives and exercises on how you can accept yourself more and feel good enough. Darius Cikanavicius/PsychCentral

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Was it a drug overdose, or a suicide?

Tracey Helton Mitchell had been living out of a shopping cart in a San Francisco alley, shooting heroin and getting beat up by her boyfriend, when she decided to kill herself. In despair over the abuse, she at one point threw herself into the ocean. But as the cold waves washed over her that day, she […]

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Clonazepam (traded as Klonopin), diazepam (Valium) and alprazolam (Xanax) are among the most sold drugs in a class of widely prescribed anti-anxiety medications known as benzodiazepines. Public health officials warn the pills should be used only in the short term and should never be mixed with opioids or alcohol. The Pew Charitable Trusts

These pills could be next U.S. drug epidemic, public health officials say

The growing use of anti-anxiety pills reminds some doctors of the early days of the opioid crisis. Considered relatively safe and non-addictive by the general public and many doctors, Xanax, Valium, Ativan and Klonopin have been prescribed to millions of Americans for decades to calm jittery nerves and promote a good night’s sleep. But the […]

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