Category: Public Safety Officers

The PTSD Plague

Brave. Heroic. Strong. These words define a firefighter.  Inhuman. Immortal. Immune. These words, however, don’t. Firefighters are some of the most courageous men and women imaginable, but each and every day, but they’re also at an extremely high risk of PTSD, or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. PTSD can have such an impact on firefighters — and, […]

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National Night Out 2011

Communities across the country celebrated National Night Out this past week. The event, which was held at police stations, fire stations, or community centers, is one way people are using to reduce crime and drug abuse in their neighborhoods. National Night Out has been celebrated for 28 years now, and it is typically held during the […]

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The Connection between Trauma and Substance Abuse

In the days and months following two significant earthquakes in the Western Hemisphere, many groups of both residents and rescue workers have experienced great trauma and stress recently. It is natural, therefore, to be concerned for these individuals and their struggle to cope with the devastating effects of disasters such as these. Post Traumatic Stress […]

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From the Desk of Jim Bevell – Schuler Tragedy and Accountability

Anyone who isn’t familiar with Diane Schuler at this point is either trying to avoid current events or is as oblivious as her husband. To bring everyone up to speed, Diane Schuler is the 36 year-old business executive who at 1:30 PM on July 26th 2009,  drove 1.7 miles in the wrong direction on a curvy highway […]

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Jail vs. Treatment for Drug Offenders

The addiction to drugs is a difficult thing for any individual to deal with.  Often, addiction leads to the decline of a person’s well-being, financial security, and health.  Drug addicts have a hard time keeping a job, their families suffer the consequences, and sometimes the addicts find themselves either in trouble with the law, or […]

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Connections between Poverty, Substance Abuse, and Child Abuse

The stories are heartbreaking; young children enduring painful physical and emotional abuse at the hands of their parents, and no one finding out about it until years later.  It has been suggested for a while now that poverty and substance abuse go hand in hand, and that many children that are abused are suffering at […]

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Teens Abuse Household Substances To Get High

Teens have a history of trying risky behavior, partly because they are learning about life and trying to find their way in the world.  Often times, this spreading of their wings is not harmful.  Sometimes, however, teens get hooked on trends that are downright dangerous, or that will expose them to a world of risky […]

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Top 5 Most Common Drugs Used by Teens

Parents must be aware of their teen’s activities and social circles, and the potential risks kids face today. Here are the five substances teens most commonly abuse: Marijuana: Weed, pot, grass; the same common drug generations past… perhaps that’s why marijuana is the most commonly used drug today (“My parents probably did it, so why […]

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Many Veterans Suffer from Mental Health Problems and Substance Abuse

Sometimes we feel helpless when it comes to acknowledging our thanks to the men and women in the armed services that have served in combat to protect our country.  We might even wonder what we can do to give our support to these troops, or how we can help them out.  One thing the government […]

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The Effects of the Current Economy on Substance Abuse and Mental Illness

The bleak economy has had many impacts on our lives as Americans.  In fact, you would be hard-pressed to find anyone who has not been affected in someway by the financial situation of the last few months. Money Trouble Money troubles are being spread to every aspect of life.  People who have invested their hard-earned […]

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