HEPATITIS C

Hepatitis C is a liver disease caused by the bloodborne hepatitis c virus (World Health Organization, 2015). Hep C is most often transmitted through injection drug use, inadequate sterilization of medical equipment, and the transfusion of unscreened blood and blood products. Other modes of transmission include intercourse with an HCV positive partner, and a pregnant

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Prescription Opiates

“Opiates are a family of drugs that have morphine-like effects. The primary medical use for prescription opiates to relieve pain. Opiates can produce euphoria, making them prone to abuse” (NIH, 2014). Prescription opiates  such as Vicodin, Oxycodone, Morphine, Codeine, etc. are medications whose primary function is to relieve pain. These opiates  relieve pain by reducing the intensity

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Mental Illness

“A MENTAL ILLNESS IS A CONDITION THAT IMPACTS A PERSON’S THINKING, FEELING OR MOOD, AND MAY AFFECT HIS OR HER ABILITY TO RELATE TO OTHERS AND FUNCTION ON A DAILY BASIS” (NAMI, N.D.). In 2012, there were an estimated 43.7 million adults living with mental illness in the United States; this represents nearly 20% of

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