substance abuse

A new home called frostbite

January 7, 2019 / By
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  According to the Merced City and County Continuum of Care, the City of Merced homeless count dropped very slightly from 318 to 310 in 2018, though the number of displaced people in Merced County rose from 454 to 514.

The Road to Recovery — A Daughter of Addiction

May 1, 2017 / By
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If you have never experienced addiction, it can be hard to understand what people really go through. It is easy to blame addicts, but no one wakes up one day wanting to be addicted. They face battles everyday. And so to those around them. A study from 2010 shows that over 23.5 million Americans are addicted to drugs and alcohol. But only 1 in 10 Americans receives the treatment they need. And as of 2014, there were only around 14,000 treatment centers nationwide, not enough compared to the size of the problem.

We’Ced Weighs In: President Obama’s Commutation of 46 Drug Offenders

July 31, 2015 / By
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President Obama began his campaign for prison reform earlier in the month by commuting the sentences of 46 nonviolent drug offenders. Days later, he visited the El Reno federal prison outside Oklahoma City, the first sitting president ever to visit a federal penitentiary. After his visit, the president described the men he met at El Reno as “young people who made mistakes that aren’t that different from the mistakes I made.” Below, We’Ced youth journalists weigh in on the president’s decision to visit El Reno and his nascent efforts to reform the country’s criminal justice system.

Death To Molly: Young People React to Rapper’s Anti-Drug Stance

May 29, 2013 / By
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  Photo: NRK P3 by We’Ced Youth Media Editor’s Note: Kendrick Lamar, a young rapper from Compton, CA, recently broke into the mainstream with his critically and commercially successful debut album, good kid, m.A.A.d city.

My Battle With Substance Abuse

August 6, 2012 / By
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I’ve heard it so many times, “I understand what you’re going through,” but to be honest that’s a bunch of bull shark. I know that because I don’t even understand myself. Sometimes I think I’m just a confused, scared little kid.