Non-Opioid Pain Relief Offers Hope to Weekend Warriors

They may not make ESPN’s highlight reel, but amateur athletes get injured just as often as the pros. It could be from an awkward golf swing, or something as simple as not warming up or stretching long enough before participating in an event.

Whatever the case, there is one thing they have in common with well-paid pros, according to Outside magazine: “The reality is that all athletes are one fall, twist, or tweak away from landing their own opioid prescription.”

Hurricanes Irma and Harvey Underscore Necessity to Prep for The Next Storm

Houstonians never thought they’d see so much of their beloved city submerged under several feet of floodwater. Nor did 6 million Floridians think they would be ordered to evacuate in anticipation of a monstrous storm.

However, both of those events happened as Hurricane Harvey and then Hurricane Irma laid a path of death and destruction that is still mind-boggling.

And with the official end of hurricane season not until the end of this month, homeowners are left wondering what to do, proactively, to increase their odds of beating future obstacles put in their path by Mother Nature. For some ideas, read on.

Addicted Babies Are The Latest Victims in U.S. Opioid Crisis

Newborn babies are the most recent casualties of the U.S. opioid crisis.

With prescription painkillers such as Oxycontin being used by women who are pregnant, the result is an “explosion” of infants who are as addicted to the drugs as their mothers. Current published data in JAMA Pediatrics shows that the number of cases of neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) has risen exponentially in the nation from 2000-2012, with nearly 22,000 affected infants in that last year alone.

Homeowners Left With Massive Repairs After Hurricane

Now that flood waters from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have receded, what is left behind? Destroyed homes and damage to thousands of residences in Texas, Florida and Georgia with a giant price tag. Moody’s Analytics expects that cost to exceed $150 billion, on par with that of Hurricane Katrina.

Hurricane Harvey hit Texas as a Category 4 with winds at 132 mph. Hurricane Irma sustained winds of 185 mph for 37 hours, left millions without power, and destroyed one out of every four homes in parts of Florida.

PepsiCo Recycling Helps College Students Take Sustainability to the Next Level

College campuses are not just about education: they want to encourage students to make a difference. And PepsiCo wants to help make that happen.

According to PepsiCo, “Simple acts lead to a big impact.” The company, for the second year in a row, is assisting colleges and universities in reaching their environmental goals by giving students the chance to win up to $10,000 in funding to implement new sustainability initiatives or improve existing efforts in their communities.

The Zero Impact Fund (ZIF), which launched in August 2016, provides cash prizes for college and university sustainability projects related to energy, waste or water that aim to achieve long-term environmental, economic and social impacts.

Outdoor Living Space Is Becoming An Extension of The Indoor

Homeowners want to spend a lot more time in their outdoor spaces today and, thanks to modernized, attractive outdoor lighting, the enjoyment doesn’t have to end when the sun goes down. The American Lighting Association (ALA) is on top of the trend to turn a patio, deck or other outdoor area into an additional family room, with all the modern amenities and furnishings.

“People want to extend their indoor living space outside, and still have the same quality of finishes outside as inside,” says Rick Seidman, president and CEO of Quoizel, Inc. “They’re putting rugs, televisions and furniture outside, so we almost have to treat [outside] decorative lighting as if it’s interior.”

Have Neck Pain? Try This Alternative to Opioids

Your body does quite an amazing balancing act with your head! Imagine a ten-pound mass (your head) sitting on top of a column of bones (your neck) with split-second movements in all directions and under enormous forces. It is no wonder that neck pain is one of humankinds most common and persistent problems.

To better understand this affliction, know this: Neck pain comes in a variety of forms. There is the temporary kind after sleeping awkwardly; the sore kind you may experience after exercise; or the nagging kind that is often associated with trauma such as a car accident. In the first case, at least, the general consensus can be “stop doing what makes it worse.”

Five Tips You Need To Know Now To Avoid Getting Scammed By Roofing Contractors

(Sponsored by GAF) The Better Business Bureau says it is one of the biggest scams being perpetrated on homeowners, according to its new Scam Tracker Annual Risk Report.

A man knocks on your door and claims to have leftover roofing materials from another job nearby. He then offers to fix yours for nothing.

If this sounds too good to be true, it is.

The scammer — who loves to show up in those neighborhoods ravaged by storms — takes your money without doing the promised work — or very little of it.

Now That Summer’s Over, It’s A Perfect Time to Get Financially Organized

If, like many people, you have your important paperwork scattered helter skelter everywhere (think birth certifiate and IRS tax returns), you may want to consider getting financially organized before it’s absolutely imperative you put your hands on it.

While just the thought of getting organized may sound exhausting, it helps to start small. One way is to decide whether you’re ready to enter the 21st century, or go old school and pay for either a bank security box or get a locked fireproof box to keep in your closet.

Opioid Crisis Hits Home

If you’ve been paying attention to the news, you know we’re facing an opioid crisis — so much so, in fact, that September has been declared “Drug-Free Pain Management Awareness Month.”

“Drug-free” being the key words.

Lost in the headlines is how all too many patients’ downward spiral — more than 90 Americans overdose each day — began with a routine doctor’s prescription for painkillers like OxyContin.

“It’s become a sadly common story,” NPR reports. “People get prescribed painkillers.
They become addicted. And then they seek out cheaper and more potent drugs such as heroin and synthetic opioids.”