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Financial despair, addiction and the rise of suicide in white America

Financial despair, addiction and the rise of suicide in white America | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Officials in Montana wrestle to explain why the state has the highest rate of suicide in the US at nearly twice the national average – and it’s rising
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The real question is why struggle to live in a society that offers so little hope and care for the future. Sadly, as America becomes more feudal in its economic and social organization, there is less and less reason for people to "keep on trucking" and more and more reason to either jump out of the race or numb the pain with substances.Of course, there is another alternative for the disaffected, to take political action. Will we have a revolution at the ballot box or on the streets or will more and more Americans go gentle into that not-so-good night?

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Selling a Poison by the Barrel: Liquid Nicotine for E-Cigarettes

Selling a Poison by the Barrel: Liquid Nicotine for E-Cigarettes | Upsetment | Scoop.it
“E-liquids” used to refill e-cigarettes are potent, unregulated neurotoxins. Evidence of the potential dangers is already emerging.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

While this is a valid concern -- nicotine is a dangerous substance -- I have to wonder how much of sudden concern is the result of the cigarette industry's concern for their profits versus real public health worries. Yes, we need to make sure that users (and vendors) of e-cigarettes understand the issue and that manufacturers know that their workers must be protected, but let's not start attacking what may be a good technology. And why compare this to coffee when we could us alcohol, a common substance that is widely used, abused, and dangerous to children, as the simile. Perhaps that tells us something about the motivation for the attack.
(No, I am not a smoker or e-cigarette user.)

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Drug-Overdose Deaths Have More Than Doubled in the U.S.

Drug-Overdose Deaths Have More Than Doubled in the U.S. | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Opioids and heroin are two of the greatest offenders
Kenneth Weene's insight:

Seems like the real pushers are big pharma and doctors who write that script too freely. What can we do? One thing is equip first responders with opioid antagonists pens. Yes, that saves lives. Second, provide better education for both health professionals and patients. If a patient gets one of those scripts, (s)he should at least get a class from a pharmacist or nurse warning both of the dangers for them and the dangers of leaving those pills where kids or others can get them. Third, we can explore ways to reduce the need for pain pills, for example using anti-depressants to lower anxiety. Fourth, and I'm sure this one will upset some folks, by having a policy in which those who do not wish to control their addiction can simply be allowed to O.D.. At a certain point, we have to respect the right to self-destructive stupidity.

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GameSci: What Is (Scientifically!) The Most Addictive Game Ever?

GameSci: What Is (Scientifically!) The Most Addictive Game Ever? | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Back in 2007, a study of gamers appeared in the journal CyberPsychology and Behavior. The study, "
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I'm not a gamer, but as I read this the addiction is success driven. Given a real world in which many people can never feel successful, in which they are neither rich enough, politically savvy enough, athletic enough, or perhaps beautiful enough to reach the top, they prefer a world in which they can find success level by level. The resulting flood of neurotransmitters and endorphins feels sooooo good.

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Nelly Per's curator insight, March 21, 2016 8:57 AM

I'm not a gamer, but as I read this the addiction is success driven. Given a real world in which many people can never feel successful, in which they are neither rich enough, politically savvy enough, athletic enough, or perhaps beautiful enough to reach the top, they prefer a world in which they can find success level by level. The resulting flood of neurotransmitters and endorphins feels sooooo good.