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They Never Had The Chance To Say, “In My Teenage Years…” Mar 25, 2022

This post was written by a Ventura County college student.

My Friends’ Story Started With Having Fun With Marijuana And Ended With No Future

This piece is for those that want to say in the future, “My teenage years were so cool.”

Forty years ago I was a teenager, a very hectic and social teenager.  Being exposed to many positive and sad experiences, I realized that I...

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National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Mar 24, 2022

The DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is coming up on Saturday, October 23rd, 2021. Rx Drug Take Back Day addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue. According to the 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 9.7 million people misused prescription pain relievers, 4.9 million people misused prescription stimulants, and 5.9 million people misused prescription...

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Alcoholism in Pictures Feb 25, 2022

Written by a CSUCI Service-Learning student.

This piece is about alcoholism and the reality of it. As I read, interviewed and pondered, I came to understand it as a disease. A disease that is recycled through families, and perpetuated. Historically, whites were the only ones permitted into bars and nightclubs, served by people of color (predominantly Black), meaning that people of color have...

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Addiction Jul 25, 2020

Written by Liz Hyman.

She had blue hair, with a green streak.

I left the store to get to the car and there I saw her, mourning life.

She was cold. 

I was cold.

The tension was warm. 

“Are you ok?” I asked.

“Do you have any money?” she responded.

I checked my pockets only to find 2 quarters and a receipt. 

“No, I’m sorry.”

Her eyes...

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