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FDA Launches “Remove the Risk” Campaign for Safe Opioid Removal
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FDA Launches “Remove the Risk” Campaign for Safe Opioid Removal

In 2017, retail pharmacies dispensed more than 191 million opioid prescriptions to almost 60 million patients, according to a press release by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  And as many as 90% of these patients reported not finishing what was prescribed to them – potentially leaving millions of unused prescription opioids in medicine cabinets and elsewhere in US homes.  Perhaps unsurprisingly, 47,600 people died from an overdose involving opioids that same year. “Far too many Americans, both teens and adults, are gaining access to opioids for the first time from the medicine cabinets of their parents, relatives and friends,” said Douglas Throckmorton, M.D., deputy director of regulatory programs in the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research.  “Millions of un...
How Addictive is Alcohol
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How Addictive is Alcohol

Alcohol is one of the most popular psychoactive substances in the world. In the United States, nearly 56% of adults consume alcohol at least once a month, while more than 1 in 4 adults binge drinks monthly. Drinking is common at many social events, which can sometimes make it hard to avoid. Even though alcohol remains legal, it can lead to abuse and dependency. But how addictive is alcohol?Despite the fact that all psychoactive substances, and even certain behaviors, can lead to addiction, alcohol can cause physical dependency. There is also no timeline for how long it takes between your first drink and dependency, as alcoholism can accelerate rapidly.How Addictive is Alcohol?If you are wondering how addictive is alcohol, 33% of Americans will develop an alcohol abuse disorder in their lif...
Please remember its okay to put down your phone and go outside
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Please remember its okay to put down your phone and go outside

Sometimes it can feel like the everything is in particularly bad shape. A fast-spreading virus shocked the entire world, keeping us stuck in our homes for months. And that somehow perfectly aligned with huge protests and demonstrations — which are absolutely gripping to watch develop, for those who aren't participating themselves. It's been a tough year for most of us, some much more than others. But in a time of so much strife and negativity, one thing we can all benefit from is just a little time away from our phones. Last year, there was a big movement toward quantifying, and ultimately limiting, how much we use technology in order to help find a better balance and improve mental health. An incredible number of studies have shown for a decade now the negative effects of excessive phone...
Everyone in my family now looks forward to game night thanks to Jackbox
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Everyone in my family now looks forward to game night thanks to Jackbox

Source: Jeramy Johnson / Android Central If the past few months of social distancing and quarantine have taught this introvert anything, it's that I really miss get-togethers with friends and family. Even silly things like Friday night trivia at a local bar or playing Cards Against Humanity with friends in the neighborhood sound like extravagant getaways to me right now. My family has been pretty good about making time for fun when we can during this gloomy period, and we've even cracked open the occasional old board game like Monopoly or Sorry a few times. Still, as classic as those games are, they've just become tired. Since we've all been cooped up working from home or preparing for final exams, we just want something fun, fresh, and not overly mentally taxing to entertain us. Thankful...
Mary Trump: Why has presidents niece penned damning memoir?
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Mary Trump: Why has presidents niece penned damning memoir?

Image copyright Trump Campaign Image caption An undated photo of the Trump siblings, from left to right: Robert, Elizabeth, Fred, Donald and Maryanne US President Donald Trump's niece is set to publish an unflattering tell-all memoir about him. So who is she and why has she come forward now?On 28 July, Mary Trump is due to release Too Much And Never Enough: How My Family Created the World's Most Dangerous Man, Simon & Schuster announced on Monday.The book will hit the shelves just weeks before the Republican National Convention, when her uncle will accept the party's nomination for his re-election bid in Nov...
Iran arrests men for selling babies on Instagram
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Iran arrests men for selling babies on Instagram

Image copyright AFP Image caption Iranians have been enduring hardship due to US sanctions Three men have been arrested in Iran on suspicion of trying to sell two babies on Instagram. Tehran's police chief, Brig-Gen Hossein Rahimi, said one of the children was 20 days old. The other was two months old. The babies had already been bought for up to $500 (£400), and were being resold for between $2,000 and $2,500.One of those arrested allegedly said he was "getting babies from poor families" and "handing them over to families who could provide a better future".Iran reins in family planning as population ages Six c...
TV cops know their job is changing. Some are more ready than others.
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TV cops know their job is changing. Some are more ready than others.

Cops on television have a duty. Yes, actors report to dressing rooms and not crime scenes — and sure, they stop protecting and serving the moment their directors yell “cut.” But for hundreds of millions of viewers around the globe, these “officers” are trusted guides to understanding American justice, which they roll out as an action-packed, morally-right freight train night after night. Only now, it might be coming off the rails. As protests against police brutality and systemic racism continue across the United States, TV cops and their fictional precincts have come under fire. From half-joking cries to defund the PAW Patrol to serious reflections on Hollywood’s historic whiteness, entertainment fans and professionals are using their platforms to amplify the Black Lives Matter movement. ...
Way too many browser tabs open? These apps can help.
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Way too many browser tabs open? These apps can help.

How many tabs do you have open in your web browser right now? A tab with a story to read later. A tab with that social media profile to fill out. I bet you have multiple tabs open in multiple browser windows. Too many tabs are impossible to keep track of and they're slowing down your computer.  I decided to solve this issue once and for all. After testing dozens of new and lesser-known tab managers, bookmarking extensions, and “read later” platforms, I found a few that solved the nightmare of never-ending browser tabs.  Best apps to manage tabs Chrome extension Toby helps manage your tab problem 1. Toby The best tab manager I came across is easily Toby, a free extension for Chrome. Every other tab management application I’ve tried, even the more popular OneTab (according to public Chrome ...
Twitter and Reddit Highlight How the Trump Administration Is Stifling Speech on the Internet
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Twitter and Reddit Highlight How the Trump Administration Is Stifling Speech on the Internet

Image: GettyOn the same day that Donald Trump signed an executive order attempting to throttle social media to defend his freedom to lie, Twitter and Reddit highlighted how the administration itself proactively, enthusiastically stifles speech online. On Thursday, the companies submitted evidence in support of a lawsuit against the Trump Administration for surveilling visa applicants’ social media accounts. The policy, implemented in 2019 as part of the administration’s “extreme vetting” efforts, requires most applicants to register their social media identifiers, to be monitored and disseminated.The lawsuit, filed last year by the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University, Brennan Center for Justice, and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, argues that forcing people to out p...
Lets Abolish the Police Force
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Lets Abolish the Police Force

Abolishing the police—or at the very least, significantly defunding them, to the point they are only a minimal presence in our communities—might sound like a radical and far-fetched solution to systemic police violence. Who would you call if someone stole your car or broke into your house? What if you were a victim of a violent crime, such as rape or sexual assault?A radical solution is exactly what we need right now. As Alex Vitale, a Brooklyn College sociology professor and author of The End of Policing, said in a recent Mother Jones interview:The reality is a lot of people just don’t call the police as it is because they feel like it’s just going to make their lives worse. That is a deep truth. And so what we want to do is not just to leave them on their own, we want to try and start fi...