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Autism Awarness Month: There is hope

One in every 68 children in America has an autism diagnosis. One in six children aged 3 to 17 has a developmental disability. Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability. Every person is different, affected at varying degrees, advises the CDC (Centers of Disease Control and ...

Trying to understand the Narcan situation

As the opioid overdose epidemic continues to be fought by first responders who are on the front line and the agencies working in the background, people still criticize use of Narcan to prevent death from overdose. One of the reasons cited is that it is costly. But the problem is huge enough ...

Holding DACA illegals to the law of the land

The Greek mathematician Archimedes, in 250 BC, stated the shortest distance between two points is a straight line. Likewise, the shortest distance between freedom and tyranny is the destruction of the rule of law. The rule of law is the principle that the law should govern, not the mandates ...

Coal emerged as surprise power source this winter

It's was a rough winter for much of America. As the Department of Energy has reported, a "bomb cyclone" winter storm struck much of the eastern United States in late December and early January. It plunged the region into a deep freeze and sparked a significant rise in demand for additional ...

MHRS: What Columbiana County is doing about opiate epidemic

The notorious photograph posted at Facebook by the East Liverpool Police Department in 2016 brought global attention to the opiate epidemic in our region, creating concern and controversy. The epidemic and what is being done to address it concerns everyone. The county’s first line of ...

Understanding what addiction actually is

Opioids are used for pain management and other health conditions and include codeine, hydrocodone (Vicodin), oxycodone (Percocet), hydromorphone (Dilaudid), morphine, propoxyphen (Darvocet) and methadone. “Susie” is being treated for severely painful sciatica. The doctors prescribe pain ...

Relapse happens but treatment works

By CATHY THOMAS BROWNFIELD Family Recovery Center publicist The woman never had a drug problem until she was in her 40s. She had suffered serious injuries in two separate accidents and was on several medications over a lengthy period of time (Percocet, Vicodin and oral morphine). She ...

There is a moral debt and not just monetary

Our national debt is rapidly approaching $22 trillion. Some say the debt is not a problem. Let us put that amount in perspective and I will allow you to determine the extent of the danger. One trillion is an enormous number. To realize just how big we can compare it with a couple other ...

Respect: Admiring the good in others

There is a lot of negative self-talk going on ‘out there,’ and it’s causing problems. Self-talk ties in with matters of respect, or lack of it. Respect is how you feel and react to someone you admire or hold in high regard for all of the good qualities you see in her or him. That ...

Culture collision

“Does your grandson speak Japanese?” a Japanese American was asked. No, she replied, but he understands it. “My friend’s 9-year-old son is fluent in Polish,” another woman noted. “His grandparents immigrated to the United States from Poland.” Remarks from the discussion ...

Bullying: Making a safe environment for everyone

By CATHY BROWNFIELD Family Recovery Center publicist Can a safe, healthy environment be created for all students, straight and LGBT? Bullying is an issue everywhere but are you aware that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgenders are at greater risk of being bullied? The state of Ohio ...

NRA (No Rational Accusation) to blame

For argument sake, let us just imagine for a moment that the school shooting tragedy in Florida was the fault of an inanimate object, the AR 15. Or the fault originates from the ability of American citizens, who law abiding, to acquire such an object. The question then becomes, how did an ...

Trump right to impose tariffs on the flood of steel imports

Washington is certainly a contentious place these days. And President Trump has undoubtedly been a lighting rod for partisan squabbling. But despite the rough ride in the nation's capital, the American people may find reasons to agree with at least one effort undertaken by the Trump ...

Teen dating: Teach them about healthy relationships

Teen dating violence is a serious problem in this country. According to a national survey 10 percent of teens, female and male, were victims of physical dating violence over the past year and 29 percent of adolescents were verbally or psychologically abused. Children grow up in the environment ...

The gun debate should be solution, not issue pollution

A black Hummer is driven into a crowd of school children killing 20. Who or what is at fault? Is it the driver or is it the vehicle? After this tragedy, there is an outcry for SUV control. We hear, “The public should not be able to acquire military style vehicles, especially those black ...

Eating Disorder Awareness week is under way

What do you think about yourself? Take a look at those things. Are they positive or negative? Why? How you think about yourself has everything to do with how you live. The power of positive thinking can take you to positive places. Let’s take a look. First, eating disorders are ...

Feel-good Congress and meaningless legislation

In light of the tragedy that took place in Florida, there has been a barrage of demands for “common sense” gun control, an oxymoron of the first degree. I would like to take a moment to put all of that drivel in proper and rational perspective. There is only one question that needs be ...

Reduce the risks of alcohol for infants

By CATHY THOMAS BROWNFIELD Family Recovery Center publicist Being a mom is not always something a woman chooses. Some sources say half of pregnancies are unplanned. The job is demanding, exhausting, requires nerves of steel, the patience of Job, and giving more when you feel your resources ...

Lerner behavior

Rumor has it that over the holidays we had a celebrity in our midst. There seems to have been a Lois Lerner sighting. If the name is not familiar to you, Ms. Lerner is the Obama administration official who allegedly used her position at the I.R.S. to target conservative groups. Ms. Lerner was ...