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Posted on: September 15, 2021

The Opioid 'Gateway Drugs'

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Prescribed painkillers were the “gateway drugs” that triggered the ongoing opioid crisis. Across America, 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. How did this happen?

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Posted on: September 15, 2021

Suicide—Talk About It

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Worried someone you know might be silently contemplating suicide? Break the silence. Start a conversation—ask the question—that might save a life. "Asking someone about suicide will not put the idea in their head to attempt suicide. That's a myth."

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Posted on: April 15, 2021

Caring For Crime Survivors

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This program not only provides referrals to counseling to help survivors deal with emotional issues, but can also facilitate repairs to homes or vehicles damaged during a crime. Doors with bullet holes might even be transformed into artwork.

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Posted on: June 4, 2021

Project RISE

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Project RISE, a COMBAT-funded program at Truman Medical Center/University Health, focuses on helping gunshot wound survivors make a full recovery, with emphasis on "psychological first aid" and, if needed, long-term care for Post Trauma Stress Disorder.

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Posted on: September 15, 2021

'Lethal' Counterfeit Pills

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Prescription pills not obtained from a licensed pharmacy are not only illegal to possess, but can also be extremely dangerous. There’s a good chance those pills are fakes with potentially fatal side effects. Just two milligrams of fentanyl can be lethal.

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Posted on: September 15, 2021

LGBTQ+ Youth

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LBGTQ+ youth are five times more likely than their heterosexual peers to attempt suicide. COMBAT funds ReDiscover’s Show-Me Zero Suicide prevention program that provides services to about 400 youths—nearly a third of whom self-identify as LGBTQ+.

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