Substance Abuse and Victims of Dating Violence

  • Drug and alcohol abuse contribute to dating violence. It’s also a consequence of it. Victims of teen dating violence are much more likely to turn to drugs or alcohol to cope with the abuse.
  • Girls are more likely to turn to alcohol, while boys are more likely to abuse marijuana. All teens who are involved in abusive relationships are more likely to abuse prescription opioid medications.
  • Abusing drugs and alcohol won’t just affect a teenager’s relationships. It can also impact other aspects of their lives. Teens may begin to choose drugs and alcohol over school, friends, sports, and family. Substance abuse in teens is linked with poor decisions, including drunk driving.
  • Jim Yeargan, a former prosecutor and Atlanta-based DUI lawyer, says teens are much more likely than adults to get into an accident while driving under the influence. At the very least, the decision to drive drunk can result in an arrest for DUI. At the very worst, a drunk driving accident can be fatal and warrant much more serious charges. Not only will the teen have face criminal charges, but also live with the knowledge and memory of such a tragic event.
  • Drugs and alcohol are deeply intertwined with teen dating violence. Substance abuse is both a cause and effect. It can be a vicious cycle. Parent drinks. Child inclined to be violent in future relationships. Teen abuses partner. Teen and victim both turn to drugs and alcohol to cope. They’ll grow up and, if they don’t get help and leave their habits behind, their own children may be destined to live the same life.
  • Without intervention, this cycle is doomed to repeat itself. It needs to be broken. Don’t just speak with your kids about dating violence. Talk to them about drugs and alcohol, as well.

Go Red for Women® February 2020

About National Wear Red Day

According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (N.I.H.) in the U.S, Coronary Heart Disease is the “#1 killer of women in the United States”. The day, which was first observed in 2002, aims to bring national attention to this fact and to raise awareness of women’s heart health.

The American Heart Association’s signature women’s initiative, Go Red for Women, is a comprehensive platform designed to increase women’s heart health awareness and serve as a catalyst for change to improve the lives of women globally.

It’s no longer just about wearing red; it’s no longer just about sharing heart health facts. It’s about all women making a commitment to stand together with Go Red and taking charge of their own heart health as well as the health of those they can’t bear to live without. Making a commitment to your health isn’t something you have to do alone either, so grab a friend or a family member and make a Go Red Healthy Behavior Commitment today.

An alarm call to every woman in the world to take care of her heart.

Organ Donation Statistics National Organ donor Day

February 14th, 2020

How many people are waiting for a transplant? Who receives organs and what organs are most needed? This section introduces you to the data and connects you to more detailed statistics on the waiting listtransplantationorgan donation, and registration.

Statistics at a Glance

  • 113,000+ Number of men, women and children on the national transplant waiting list as of July 2019.
  • 36,528 transplants were performed in 2018.**
  • 20 people die each day waiting for a transplant.

We All Need to Register. Here’s Why:

  • 95% of U.S. adults support organ donation
  • but only
  • 58% are actually signed up as donors.
  • every 10 minutes
  • another person is added to the waiting list.
  • only 3 in 1,000
  • people die in a way that allows for organ donation.
  • the organ shortage continues
  • Each year, the number of people on the waiting list continues to be much larger than both the number of donors and transplants, which grow slowly.
  • Data from optn.transplant.hrsa.gov and OPTN/SRTR Annual Report. OPTN has current, in-depth statistics.

One Donor Can Save Eight Lives.

One person can donate up to 8 lifesaving organs.

The Flu Season 2020

  • While seasonal influenza (flu) viruses are detected year-round in the United States, flu viruses are most common during the fall and winter. The exact timing and duration of flu seasons can vary, but influenza activity often begins to increase in October. Most of the time flu activity peaks between December and February, although activity can last as late as May.
  • The figure below shows peak flu activity in the United States by month for the 1982-1983 through 2017-2018 flu seasons. The “peak month of flu activity” is the month with the highest percentage of respiratory specimens testing positive for influenza virus infection during that influenza season. During this 36-year period, flu activity most often peaked in February (15 seasons), followed by December (7 seasons), January (6 seasons) and March (6 seasons).
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