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Medication Assisted Treatment for Opioid Addiction

Addiction to heroin and other opioids is not new in our society. But with increasing coverage in the news and other media, we’re becoming more and more aware of its effect on all of us. The tragedy of an overdose death may have touched someone we know, or at least …

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Phone Apps and Social Media: Keeping Your Kids Safe

Let’s play a quick word-association game. What is the first thing that comes to mind when I say “social media”? If you’re of a certain age, you’ll likely come back with “Facebook” and “Twitter” — and maybe one or two others at most. While these two services are indeed the …

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Adult Children of Alcoholics May Face Challenges in Life

The latest installment of the Now You Know program, sponsored by Meridian HealthCare and the Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County, focused on a group of people whose problems may not be widely recognized: adult children of alcoholics. All of us are affected in some way by the experiences …

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Countering the Heroin Youth Epidemic

Last month Meridian HealthCare and the Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County sponsored the first in what will be an ongoing series of educational talks with a local spin. The topic for the debut installment of the “Now You Know” series was a timely one: “Why Young People Are …

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Partnership Brings TED-style Talks to the Valley

We’ve heard a lot the past few years about TED Talks (Technology, Education, Design) — and with good reason. They’ve brought a lot of expert commentary and discussion to millions on a seemingly limitless number of interesting topics. With the variety of issues we face in the Mahoning Valley — …

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The For-Profit/Non-Profit Double Standard

What is it that we most want non-profits and charities to do? A simple answer: We want them to help as many people as they can, as effectively as they can. Whether it’s poverty, homelessness, devastating diseases, addiction or any of the many other problems non-profits seek to address —we …

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Laughter = Best Medicine…Turns Out It’s True!

In July 2015, Meridian HealthCare sponsored a “Sunday Night Live Comedy Show” at the DeYor to benefit prevention and recovery programs in the Valley. The featured performer was Mark Lundholm, a nationally known stand-up comic who has appeared in all 50 states and 10 foreign countries. We brought Mark here first and …

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Savvy Businesspeople Investigate Preventative Care Services for Their Employees

The word “cliché” often carries a negative connotation as something tired and worn-out. On the other hand, many often-used sayings become clichés precisely because they happen to be true. Here’s one of them: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” This well-worn phrase actually has an important …

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