There’s more to vaping than you think — and it’s not good
Recently, two of my colleagues and I spent the day at Gilmer High School in Ellijay talking to students about the dangers of vaping. Addiction treatment agencies like ours have been increasingly involved with the issue because there are many more addictive compounds available for vaping devices than just... Read more
Now is the time to protect yourself against the flu
Influenza is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization, severe health complications and even death.  The best protection against contracting the disease is getting the flu vaccine. Last year, influenza-like illness activity began to increase in November. Since it can take about two weeks after vaccination for the... Read more
We’re standing up for SNAP in fighting food insecurity
People living with disabilities in Georgia face many obstacles, including higher-than-average unemployment rates, lower-than-average incomes and costly medical expenses. It is little wonder that food insecurity disproportionately affects such people. Food insecurity refers to a lack of reliable, consistent access to nutritious food. In many cases, that means people... Read more
Community health centers deserve celebration . . . and especially support
Among babies born in the United States each year, approximately 1 in 10 are born prematurely. And Georgia is in the group of states with the highest rates of preterm and low-birth-weight babies. Now, new data from the federal government show that the health of pregnant women and babies... Read more
Why can’t we have both mental health services and gun control?
While some are adamant in saying that the problem of violence is not guns, it’s mentally ill people, all have failed to put their money where their mouth is on the national level.  We are pleased to say that Georgia is an exception. Dr. Derril Gay, retired head of the former state agency overseeing... Read more

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