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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Americans continue battle substance abuse and mental illness. The latest survey data from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration of the Department of Health and Human Services shows that opioid use disorder decreased significantly from 2.1 million in 2018 to 1.6 million in 2019, pain reliever misuse decreased significantly from 2018 for those 12–17 years of age and continues trending downward for 18–25 year olds, that heroin initiation decreased significantly with a 57 percent decline from 2018, and prescription stimulant misuse is trending downward in 18–25 year olds.

A boxer may go several rounds before hitting the opponent with a knock-out punch. It’s the culmination of months of training and work. But we all know that anything worth having is worth fighting for.

This year has been busy with reports of suicide nationally and locally. From the notable deaths of Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade, the names of those who have selected to end their lives has grown.

FLORENCE, S.C. – Are you one of the millions of Americans who has a close relative with a serious mental illness? If so, you may have many questions, such as: How can I get a clear diagnosis for my relative? What are the best treatments now available for my relative? What are all of these medications for? How can my relative and I communicate better? What do I do if my relative has a crisis? How do I take care of myself in all of this?

As if parents of young children didn't have enough things to worry about, here's another: Some scientists say they think pet cats might increase a kid's risk of developing schizophrenia.

Many of Christine Walker's friends are just starting to help their teenage children plan to leave home, whether for a job, college or a gap year. But Walker's 16-year-old son Schuyler has already lived away from his family for seven years, spending nearly half his life in residential treatment programs and schools for children with severe mental illness.

FLORENCE – A free 12-week course for relatives and friends of adults with a major mental illness will be offered Sunday afternoons, Aug. 21 through Nov. 6 from 2:30 to 5 p.m. at Central United Methodist Church, 225 W. Cheves St. (corner of Irby and Cheves streets) in Florence.

PICKENS, S.C. (AP) — Mike Simpson cried as his wife was sentenced to life in prison for killing their children in their South Carolina home. He has one of the bullets fired still in his skull, but he has lost almost all his memories of his 7-year-old daughter and 5-year-old son.

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LEXINGTON — When Emma Swabb is handed a diploma on Thursday, it will document far more than what she learned within the white-columned, picturesque campus of Washington and Lee University.

FLORENCE, S.C. – In recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month, the Pee Dee Mental Health Center held an educational forum Wednesday to share information with the community about the services and outreach programs provided at the center.

FLORENCE – NAMI of the Pee Dee, the Florence area organization of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, will offer its Family-to-Family education program, beginning Feb. 7 and continuing through May 1, from 2:30-5 p.m. on Sunday at Central United Methodist Church in Florence.

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BOSTON — Vice President Joe Biden planned to join Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and former U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy for a forum on policies that affect people with mental illness, intellectual disabilities or addiction.

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The last piece of legislation President John F. Kennedy signed turns 50 this month: the Community Mental Health Act, which helped transform the way people with mental illness are treated and cared for in the United States.

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It’s a new week with new buzz in the political world as the headlines in the political sections on Presidents Day of the three major television news networks’ websites and major cable news networks, CSPAN and two state agencies varied greatly as of 6:30.m. Monday, February 18, 2013.

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DENVER — Gov. John Hickenlooper is proposing an expansion of Colorado's mental health services, including urgent care facilities for the mentally ill and housing vouchers — initiatives that are a response to the Aurora theater shootings this summer.

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