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National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week

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It's National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week!

NDAFW links students with scientists and other experts to counteract the myths about drugs and alcohol that teens get from the internet, social media, TV, movies, music, or from friends. It was launched in 2010 by scientists at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to stimulate educational events in communities so teens can learn what science has taught us about drug use and addiction. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism became a partner starting in 2016, and alcohol has been added as a topic area for the week. NIDA and NIAAA are part of the National Institutes of Health.

(Content: addictioncenter.com;drugabuse.gov Image: rebloggy)

Did you know:
▪️Over 20 million Americans over the age of 12 have an addiction (excluding tobacco).
▪️100 people die every day from drug overdoses. This rate has tripled in the past 20 years.
▪️Over 5 million emergency room visits in 2011 were drug related.
▪️2.6 million people with addictions have a dependence on both alcohol and illicit drugs.
▪️9.4 million people in 2011 reported driving under the influence of illicit drugs.
▪️6.8 million people with an addiction have a mental illness.
▪️Rates of illicit drug use is highest among those aged 18 to 25.
▪️Over 90% of those with an addiction began drinking, smoking or using illicit drugs before the age of 18.
▪️Binge drinking is more common in men; 9.1% of men 12 and older reported heavy drinking 5 or more days in a month, while 2.6% of women reported this.
▪️Over 11% of Americans have driven under the influence.
▪️Out of 16.6 million people with alcoholism, 2.6 million were also dependent on an illicit substance.
▪️It is estimated that over 95% of those who need treatment for alcoholism do not feel they need treatment.
▪️More people receive treatment for alcohol than any other substance.

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Blue Monday

Davis Orr

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Today is Blue Monday.

Blue Monday is calculated using a series of factors in a (not particularly scientific) mathematical formula. The factors are: the weather, debt level (specifically, the difference between debt and our ability to pay), the amount of time since Christmas, time since failing our new year’s resolutions, low motivational levels and the feeling of a need to take charge of the situation.

These factors all come together in a perfect storm for a single day believed to be the most depressing of the year – Blue Monday. Although this is a pseudoscience, it does help to shine a light on depression and mental health. Depression is not just a feeling of unhappiness or being a bit fed up for a few days – which is common and totally normal.

Those who are suffering from depression can suffer from an immense feeling of sadness that can last for weeks, months, or years, and can be accompanied by a total disconnect from all feelings of happiness.

If you or a loved one are suffering from depression, seek medical help. Depression can be treated, and you don't have to feel this way forever.

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Folic Acid Awareness Week

Davis Orr

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It's Folic Acid Awareness Week!

Folic acid is a B-vitamin that is necessary for proper cell growth. If taken before and during early pregnancy, folic acid can prevent up to 70% of some serious birth defects of the brain and spine, called neural tube defects.

The CDC and the U.S. Public Health Service recommend that all women between the ages of 15 and 45 consume 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid daily to prevent two types of neural tube defects, spina bifida and anencephaly. Since these birth defects develop within the first few weeks of pregnancy, it is important to have enough folic acid in your body BEFORE becoming pregnant and to continue getting enough folic acid during early pregnancy. Women need folic acid even if they are not planning to become pregnant since almost half of all pregnancies in the United States are unplanned.

Women who could possibly become pregnant can consume 400 mcg of folic acid every day.

In addition to getting 400 mcg of folic acid from supplements and fortified foods, it is important to eat a diet rich in folate. Folate is a form of the B vitamin folic acid. It is found naturally in some foods, such as leafy, dark green vegetables, citrus fruits and juices, and beans.

Hispanic babies are more likely than others in the U.S. to be born with a neural tube defect. The CDC reports that Latinas in the U.S. consume less folic acid and have the least knowledge about folic acid than non-Hispanic women.

(Content: nbdpn.org Image: livingwell.borgess.com)

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Cervical Health Awareness Month

Davis Orr

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May the year 2017 bring you health and happiness!

New year, new month, new causes!

Cervical Health Awareness Month is a chance to raise awareness about how women can protect themselves from HPV (human papillomavirus) and cervical cancer. HPV is a very common infection that spreads through sexual activity. It’s also a major cause of cervical cancer.

About 79 million Americans currently have HPV. Many people with HPV don’t know they are infected. And each year, more than 11,000 women in the United States get cervical cancer.

The good news?

The HPV vaccine (shots) can prevent HPV.
Cervical cancer can often be prevented with regular screening tests (called Pap tests) and follow-up care. Cervical cancer screenings can help detect abnormal (changed) cells early, before they turn into cancer. Most deaths from cervical cancer could be prevented by regular Pap tests and follow-up care.

How can Cervical Health Awareness Month make a difference?
We can use this opportunity to spread the word about important steps women can take to stay healthy. Here are just a few ideas:

Encourage women to get their well-woman visit this year.
Let women know that most insurance plans must cover well-woman visits and cervical cancer screening. This means that, depending on their insurance, women can get these services at no cost to them.
Talk to parents about how important it is for their pre-teens to get the HPV vaccine. Both boys and girls need the vaccine.

(Content: healthfinder.gov Image: gq.com)

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