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Help Raise Awareness of International Overdose Awareness Day, National Recovery Month

Anika Swartz - Friday, August 30, 2019
Like other chronic diseases such as diabetes and hypertension, substance use disorders can be successfully managed with proper treatment, yet less than 10% of people in need of treatment receive it. September, recognized as National Recovery Month (https://www.recoverymonth.gov/), offers an opportunity for each of us to help raise awareness and understanding of substan ..

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How Carroll County Significantly Decreased Opioid Deaths

Anika Swartz - Wednesday, August 21, 2019
Carroll County experienced a significant decline in opioid overdose deaths and non-fatal overdoses over the period January – June 2018 versus January – June 2019. Opioid-related deaths decreased from 33 during the first half of 2018 to 13 during the first half of 2019 (a decline of 60%), and non-fatal opioid overdoses decreased from 293 to 194 (a decline of 33%). This is pa ..

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Why Teens Aren’t Getting Enough Sleep

Anika Swartz - Wednesday, August 21, 2019
According to Johns Hopkins pediatrician Michael Crocetti, M.D., M.P.H., teens need 9 to 9½ hours of sleep per night. “Teenagers are going through a second developmental stage of cognitive maturation…Additional sleep supports their developing brain, as well as physical growth spurts.” Yet most teens are getting much less than 9 to 9 ½ hours of sleep each night. Wh ..

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Heading Back to School: Tips for Success

Anika Swartz - Wednesday, August 21, 2019
As a Family Peer Support Specialist, I often work with families who have children who have challenges in school. I understand that the start of a school year can be particularly stressful, so I want to share some of the tips that have helped my family and those that I work with. These tips range from attitude adjustments to finding resources to practicing packing lunches! T ..

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