Back in 2017, America’s opioid epidemic was at its deadly zenith. That year, almost 48,000 people died from overdoses involving drugs like oxycodone, fentanyl, and heroin. Some began using substances recreationally and met a dire end. Others were those battling lifelong chronic pain who developed deadly dependencies on prescription painkillers. All were struggling with addiction.…Read more
About: Sam Medley
Sam is a freelance writer with a passion for learning about any and everything he can. When not reading or writing, he can be found helping his wife tend to the bees, ducks, chickens, and plants that populate their little Kentucky homestead.
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A shirt color. A peculiar scar. A half-remembered license plate number. Any one of these details can turn a dead-end investigation into an open-and-shut case. Detectives start mining memories for these little golden nuggets in the earliest and arguably most important part of any criminal investigation: the investigative interviewing of witnesses and victims. [xyz_feat_school] Unfortunately,…Read more
Any undergraduate psychology program will teach students basic research principles. But not every program puts that knowledge to the test. In fact, many psychology students don’t get the chance to participate in research projects until they go to graduate school — if they go to graduate school. [xyz_feat_school] But according to Dana Hirn Mueller PhD,…Read more
Anyone who’s ever taken a psychology class is probably familiar with Abraham Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. But many may not be aware of another psychological principle he discussed: a cognitive bias typically referred to as Maslow’s hammer. Even if the law of the instrument, as Maslow himself called it, isn’t so well-known, the simple statement…Read more
You can’t discuss mental health in America without taking an honest look at the scope of the crises. While there are encouraging statistics that indicate more people are talking about mental health and beginning to seek help, the data still reveals some concerning trends. For instance, the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Agency…Read more
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