Heroin-Related Overdoses on the Rise

Deaths Nearly Quadrupled Between 2002-2013

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New numbers from the federal government are shedding light on what’s being called a heroin epidemic across the country.

The Centers for Disease Control reports the rise is across all age, race, income and ethnic groups.

Deaths from heroin-related overdoses nearly quadrupled between 2002 and 2013.

Heroin use doubled among women and young adults 18 to 25 and more than doubled among non-Hispanic whites.

The CDC says this can all be linked to more people being prescribed prescription opiates like oxycontin.
Three-quarters of American adults favor raising the legal smoking age to 21.

CDC researchers say 70 percent of smokers supported the concept and only 11 percent of adults were strongly opposed.

Previous work has shown age-of-sale restrictions reduce tobacco use and dependency among young people.
If your mind tends to wander at work, there are some simple things you can do to refocus.

Doctors say you should start with thinking about someone other than yourself.

Keeping family photos or pet pictures on your desk can help you clear your thoughts.

You can also take a walk when you’re having trouble concentrating, even if it’s to look out the window at some trees.

“Think about the time you’re working on a crossword. You get a little stumped. If you step away from that for just a few moments it frees up your thinking. You can come back and all of a sudden the answer that was not available to you is available to you,” said Scott Bea, Psy. D., Cleveland Clinic.

Doctors say even paying attention to the sounds or smells around you can help.

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