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Over the past decade, the number of children who have had gotten sick from touching or eating poisonous, addictive substances has gone up. Fortunately, there are things parents can do to stop these incidents from ever taking place. It is never too early for parents to begin protecting their children from the potentially life-threatening harms of addiction and addictive substances.

Baby Opening a Door

In the car, on the playground, at grandma’s house – these are just a few of the places young children have accidentally eaten products made with marijuana in recent years.

It’s not an opioid but this pain medication has recently been linked with a significant percentage of drug-related deaths in Louisville, Kentucky. The Courier Journal reported that in 2016, gabapentin, also known as Neurontin, Gralise or Horizant, was present in nearly one-fourth of fatal overdoses within the commonwealth’s largest city.

Pile of used syringes

While previously taboo within the U.S., the idea of opening supervised injection facilities is currently gaining traction in numerous cities across the country. In light of Seattle, San Francisco, Denver, Ithaca, Philadelphia and New York each announcing its intention to consider establishing legally sanctioned, medically supervised settings where people can inject previously obtained drugs (such as heroin and other opioids), we asked our followers, “would you welcome a supervised injection facility in your community?”

Border Partol driving along the US Mexico border wall

Earlier this week, President Trump visited New Hampshire to release his “Initiative to Stop Opioid Abuse and Reduce Drug Supply and Demand.” Here, we break down some of President Trump’s statements and dive into The Buzz archives to share our stance on whether or not his approach will help end this devastating crisis.

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