Drug Usage

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CNN brief Summary: The duration of a prescription may give clues into how long a person ends up using a narcotic painkiller, addiction being a great possibility. The study in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report finds that when a prescription is for eight or more days, your likelihood of using the drug a year later jumps to 13.5%. And although just less than 7% of all prescriptions exceed a month’s dosage, using for 31 days or more increases your chances of long-term opioid use to 29.9%. Considering that prescription opioids such as oxycodone and hydrocodone were involved overdoses in 2015, experts have said, management of prescription drug overdoses is a key element of fighting the opioid epidemic. The authors evaluated and followed 1.2 million patients who received prescriptions for opioid painkillers between 2006 and 2015, except those with cancer, who are frequently prescribed opioids on a long-term basis to manage pain. In addition to duration of prescription, the type of narcotic prescribed was an indicator of the odds someone would still be using the drug a year later. Another concern about prescription pills is the fact that painkiller use has been linked to heroin use. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, half of all young people who inject heroin started by abusing painkillers. In 2016, the CDC established guidelines for prescribing narcotics for chronic pain.

My Analysis: Drug issues have been becoming a great issue, always has been, but addiction and heroin usage has increased drastically. It is worrying to think of people becoming addicts because of prescription pills. Some being stronger than others, depending what you have or what you were given to deal with the situation. The hard thing is, when someone is going through pain they do not realize how dependent they are getting on these drugs, just to feel the peace and relief. After a while, being without the drugs will feel like you are dying, but then again those are considered withdrawals from an addiction. That is when someone need to get help, but by then it is usually to late. Some people can not help it, but if the person is strong enough and the less time they use the prescription the less of the risk they have in becoming an addict.

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Friendship.

This is an update on how the friendship part of my life is going. This year was my first year at MLEC and the first week was hell. I honestly thought that I would never have a true friend in this school. But I came to experience what true fireship is. I’ve also experienced when you have to drop certain people and move on either for the better or the worst. I’ve also had the chance to branch out more to people i would never expect to hang out with or do new things with. And this may sound shady because I don’t wanna name people or events, but as someone reads this and see’s the pictures below, they just know that I finally found people in this school that I can honestly call true friend. Even best friends.

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We seem to forget at times of what are parents do for us. but if you zoom in and see all the little things that you wouldn’t see in a regular basis. My mom is a hard working women and although she is tired or stressed she is always asking care of me or even cooking. So sometimes take a closer look to really understand them better because the features and eyes can tell you everything.

Boy Scouts are finally openly accepting.

 

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FROM CNN NEWS RECAP OF WHAT I READ:

The Boy Scouts of America says it will begin accepting members based on their gender identity, opening the door for transgender boys to join. Under the new policy membership in Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts will be based on the gender indicated on an application; not like before when the organization relied on what the birth certificate stated and how they would determine the eligibility. This new change brings the Boy Scouts up to part with other youth organization, like Girl Scouts, that have been gender friendly and open for a few years now. The Boy Scouts made this new policy a few months after the young boy was quicker out of Cub Scouts for being transgender. The Boy Scouts did not specifically cite the New Jersey case in its statement. But Chief Scout Executive Michael Surbaugh acknowledged the group recently had been “challenged by a very complex topic… the issue of gender identity” stated CNN. For a while The Boy Scouts of America has been running into LGBT issues. From 2015, when they lifted the ban on gay adult scout leaders. And about three years before that they started to allow openly gay adolescents to join scouting.

MY FULL THOUGHTS AND WORDS TOWARDS THIS ARTICLE:

Finally this organization is becoming more open for the youth. So kids don’t have to hide who they are to be able to do something that makes them happy with their friends. Although it is sad that the only reason that this policy was put into motion so quickly- although it wasn’t stated directly- was because the eight-year old kid had to get kicked out and the mother cared enough to make a big deal and stand up for her kid. I give her props for that, for being such a a good mother, it shows that she cares. But the point here is that at least it is done now and no kid has to be discriminated for who he is, what he is, or whatever the case maybe. It is the 21st century, if anything this has taken to long to be brought up and fixed.

Positivity.

Social media has become a great thing in the 21st century, if you use it in a positive way though. Now and days there are different application for whatever you need. To find your lost pet, advertise your talent or an advertisement, college or if you need money for something, literally anything. In this video that  my partner and i created is to show one way that social media can be positive and beneficial now.

KEEP PLAYING

she lets out a laugh to seem okay.

she replys minutes later trying to act like she dont care.

but how long can a girl last like this?

 

she looks at you from the corner of her eye acting like she dont see you.

she passes by where you walk so you notice her, only to be ignored.

but how long can a girl last like this?

 

you treat her feelings like a rollercoaster, because you like the ride.

your smile, voice, looks, humor, taste, all attract her to you,

and its so hard to break free cause you dont let her.

but how long can a girl last like this?

 

they fight, they laugh, they play, and they act like nothing happened

they repeat, and repeat, and repeat, until he just disappears.

although that just leaves her wanting more and at the same time wanting to leave.

but how long can a girl last like this?

 

then when all games are done, and things seem normal

they find it weird because there is nothing to fight about.

he becomes a sweet stranger, but that puts a smile on her face.

but how long can a girl last like this?

 

she fools herself into thinking he is worth it,

nothing keeping her from what she wants.

how long can a girl last like this?

well there isnt a straight answer because a girl will continue to chase,

until its to hard and her heart is broken.

 

-S.L.