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Free Workshop November 17, 2021
How To Be A Successful COMBAT Applicant’
COMBAT is continually looking to partner with new agencies that have new ideas for addressing the core issues at the heart of COMBAT’s mission: Substance Abuse Prevention, Substance Use Disorder Treatment and Violence Prevention. To help agencies navigate the COMBAT funding process, this FREE workshop will be held Wednesday, November 17, focusing on the basic requirements to be eligible for funding..
October 13, 2021
Counterfeit Pills—‘Widely Available’ & ‘More Lethal’
Prescription pills not obtained from a licensed pharmacy are not only illegal to possess, but when taken can also be dangerous. There’s a good chance those pills might be fakes with potentially fatal side effects. According to the DEA, counterfeit pills are “widely available” and “more lethal than ever before.” Seizures of phony pills containing fentanyl have increased 420% since 2019. Just two milligrams of fentanyl can be a deadly dose.
October 1, 2021
The 'Gateway Drugs' To The Opioid Crisis
During National Medicine Abuse Awareness Month, COMBAT Director Vince Ortega is urging people to remember doctor-prescribed painkillers were the “gateway drugs” that triggered America’s ongoing epidemic of opioid overdose deaths. Across the nation, another 49,860 lives were lost due to opioid overdoses in 2019—a 50.7% increase compared to the 33,091 lives lost in 2015. Despite efforts to curtail the use of—and addictiveness of—prescribed opioid medications, the FDA notes, “The scope of the opioid crisis continues to grow.”
September 30, 2021
Support Crucial For LGBTQ+ Youth
The data about LGBTQ+ youth and suicide vulnerability is “shell-shocking”: 42% seriously considered attempting suicide in the past year; they’re five times more likely to attempt suicide than their heterosexual peers. Having one supportive person in their lives can make a dramatic difference for any young person. The Trevor Project provides crisis intervention services specifically for LGBTQ+ young people and has found that “just one supportive person can reduce suicide ideation by more than 40%, especially among LGBTQ+ youth.”
September 15, 2021
Deaths By Suicide On The Rise Among Older Adults
We are, of course, aghast that suicide is the second leading cause of death among America’s adolescents and young adults. Too many lives are being cut short. But deaths by suicide also rose an alarming 40.8% during the last decade among those whose adolescence was long ago. Ageism is having an especially devastating impact on an aging America.