Naloxone: The Anti-Overdose Drug

In 2014, the U.S. Attorney General called on all first responders to carry the anti-overdose drug naloxone. This drug can help individuals experiencing an opioid overdose avoid serious health complications and death. When they receive naloxone in a timely manner, people who have overdosed on opioid painkillers or heroin can be saved from serious or […]

What is Heroin?

Heroin is an illegal opioid drug that’s listed on Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act, which means that it carries a high risk of dependence and has no medical value. Processed from morphine, which occurs naturally in some varieties of the poppy plant, heroin stimulates the release of unnaturally large amounts of dopamine, a […]

Substance Abuse in the Military

Military service is fraught with stress. Serving for long periods away from home and being subjected to dangerous conditions can take a toll on mental health. Many people serving in the military are subjected to traumatic and life-threatening situations. As a way to cope with the stress of the job, some military service members may […]

Signs of Drug & Alcohol Intoxication in Firefighters

Firefighters – Blazes Are Not the Only Battles Firefighters experience stress, trauma, injury and death regularly while working. They aren’t immune to the suffering and carnage they hear and see. Firefighters are also constantly trying to balance their own safety against rescuing lives and property. In addition, firefighters have the pressure of keeping their fellow […]

PTSD in the Military

People who serve in the military are frequently exposed to traumatic events. Situations such as combat that lead to loss and fear, injuries sustained from combat, numerous deployments and military sexual assault all take emotional tolls on many service members. Due to the tough challenges of military life and combat events, during which many incur […]

Firefighters: Alcohol and Prescription Drugs

Firefighters, Trauma and Stress The bravery and commitment firefighters display when saving lives and property, while risking their own lives, is admired and revered. They are our first line of defense in a blaze. Unfortunately, like many other first responders, firefighters can and do experience trauma from seeing injuries and deaths. Firefighters are not immune […]