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States Are Adding Mental Health Training In Schools, But Is It Enough?

Schools are often on the forefront in spotting mental health issues in children. But historically educators have received little training in this area. In Iowa, legislators have set aside $2 million to expand mental health training in schools. But when nearly a quarter of kids are estimated to have a psychiatric disorder, some people want the state to do more.

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How The Amish Live Uninsured But Stay Healthy

"Sick" Podcast Launch Event

On Oct. 15, Side Effects launches a podcast about what goes wrong in the places meant to keep us healthy. Join us at the White Rabbit Cabaret for a live performance.

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Across the United States, there’s a push to give new doctors cultural training to work with refugees and other immigrants. And some say it’s the difference between healthy and sick patients.

'Dopesick' Author Beth Macy On Opioids, Trump And More

Aug 30, 2019

Journalist Beth Macy has chronicled the origins of the opioid crisis in Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors and the Drug Company that Addicted America.

In the new paperback edition's discussion guide, she argues again for greater emphasis on medical treatment for addicts.And she discussed President Trump, lawsuits against opioid manufacturers and other issues in an interview with The Daily Yonder, which covers rural America. For some excerpts, read on.

How Active Shooter Drills Can Harm A Child's Health

Aug 29, 2019
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Dianne Gordon knew something was wrong as soon as her daughter stepped off the school bus one April afternoon. Seven-year-old Rory was inconsolable. 

"It was heart-breaking," says Gordon, who lives in Champaign, Ill. "She was screaming and yelling. She loves school, and she kept yelling, ‘I don’t want to go back. I don’t want to go back.'”

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As officials look for ways to stem the opioid epidemic, a lot of effort has been put into limiting narcotic prescriptions. But new research suggests underlying social issues -- like incarceration and poverty -- are linked to overdose deaths. 

This week Indiana Public Broadcasting's All IN hosted a discussion on mental health in schools. The show was in parternship with Side Effects Public Media.

Side Effects' Carter Barrett discussed her reporting on Indiana's push to bring mental health services into schools -- a fight sparked by two school shooting attempts. 

More than five million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s, according to government estimates. Greg O’Brien is one of them. He’s a journalist and co-host of The Forgetting, a podcast about living with the disease. We talked with O’Brien about the stigma surrounding the illness. 

Jason was hallucinating. He was withdrawing from drugs at an addiction treatment center near Indianapolis, and he had hardly slept for several days.

"He was reaching for things, and he was talking to Bill Gates and he was talking to somebody else I'm just certain he hasn't met," his mother, Cheryl, says. She remembers finding Jason lying on the floor of the treatment center in late 2016. "I would just bring him blankets because they didn't have beds or anything."

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Indiana has one of the highest smoking rates in the country -- nearly one in five Hoosiers smoke. Now, a new statewide policy makes it easier for smokers to get medication to help them quit. But some people want state leaders to do more. 

Are Serious Illnesses Linked To E-Cigarettes?

Aug 19, 2019
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Indiana’s health department is investigating eleven cases of a severe respiratory illness to see if they’re linked to e-cigarettes. Similar cases were also discovered in Illinois and Wisconsin.

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Monique Williams McCoy greets everyone walking down Cleveland avenue like a neighbor.

"Hey y’all!" she calls out. "You coming over to check it out today, right? Over to the mobile market?"

Williams McCoy has lived in this part of Columbus, Ohio, for most of her life, and she’s familiar with how hard it can be to shop for groceries here. She works for Local Matters, an organization that tries to improve food education and access.

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A Quiet Crisis

Side Effects examines what responsibility schools have in this fight, and what counselors, teachers and administrators are doing to address this quiet crisis.

Healthy In Any Language

Throughout 2019, Side Effects will examine the health care challenges that refugees and immigrants face in the U.S.

The Workaround: A Podcast From Side Effects Public Media

These are stories of the difficult and sometimes shocking things people do to work around the American health care system.

The Workaround Video Series

A deeper look at how everyday people work around the American health care system.