Drivers who are killed in car crashes are now more likely to be on drugs than alcohol, according to a new report from the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA). In 2015, the most recent year for which national data were available, drugs were present in 43% of drivers who were involved in fatal crashes, compared to 37% of drivers who had above the legal limit of alcohol in their system. Thirty-six percent of drivers who tested positive for drugs had marijuana in their sy
Workers at McLane drive forklifts and load hefty boxes into trucks. The grocery supplier, which runs a warehouse in Colorado, needs people who will stay alert — but prospective hires keep failing drug screens. “Some weeks this year, 90% of applicants would test positive for something,” ruling them out for the job, said Laura Stephens, a human resources manager for the company in Denver. The state’s unemployment rate is already low — 3%, compared to 4.7% for the entire nation.
A mother of young children recently attended a community event about alcohol and other drug use among young people. It was hosted by her school district and the local sheriff’s department. Why did she attend? Today’s guest blogger shares her thoughts. I hope more parents will engage early to prevent and address future issues that may lead toward a substance-use disorder. I remember watching my three-year-old son Harrison standing on one of the five boulders separating a playg
ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP) - For 33 years, employees at Listening House in downtown St. Paul have helped the homeless battle poverty, mental illness and addiction. But lately they don't like what they are hearing and seeing on the street. "It's fairly common for people to be in that trance-like state and then fall out and wind up in the middle of traffic," Listening House employee Ed Hilbrich said. St. Paul Police say there have been at least 60 medical calls for people suspected
In lieu of National Prevention Week, today's tips are for finding opioid alternatives for surgical pain. Headed for surgery? Specialists say talking to your doctors ahead of time may turn up ways to control post-operative pain while minimizing use of those problematic painkillers called opioids. Among the advice: — Ask what to expect. Patients who are overly anxious about impending pain tend to feel worse. — Ask your surgeon or the anesthesia team if you qualify for a nerve b
National Prevention Week is an annual health observance dedicated to increasing public awareness of, and action around, substance abuse and mental health issues. Get Involved During National Prevention Week, organizations across the country host health fairs, block parties, educational assemblies, town hall meetings, memorial walks, social media campaigns, outdoor events, and more. Thousands across the United States and in U.S. territories attend these events and help raise a
May is Mental Health Month. This year, Mental Health First Aid USA is taking the opportunity to spread information on social media about how mental illness and addiction affect some key populations — and what we ALL can do to help. Because anyone, anywhere can be the difference for someone facing a mental health or substance use challenge. How can you participate? 1. Share these graphics. We've created a series of infographics highlighting some common mental health challenges