2 posts from day 07/11/2017

Public perception of mass violence and mental illness often misguided

In response to Sunday's mass shooting at a Texas church, President Trump said the shooting was not "a guns situation," but rather, a problem of mental health. But according to a Vanderbilt study, between 2001 and 2010, fewer than 5 percent of fatal shootings in the United States were committed by people diagnosed with mental illness. ...

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The Opioid Crisis: The medical industry’s role in creating and ending it

Addiction to opioids has plagued the U.S. for decades, and it’s a problem that hasn’t shown signs of slowing down. Out of the 1,889 deaths caused by opioid-related overdoses across Illinois in 2016, it’s doubtful that any of these individuals wanted a life stifled by a possessive drug addiction. ...

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