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Designed for people aged between 18-29, Harbor teaches young adults how they can "act as first responders for their close friends who demonstrate risky substance use behaviours," according to the app's lead developer Douglas C. Smith from the varsity. Pexels

Researchers at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign are developing a new smartphone app that may help teach young adults how to talk to a peer if they are concerned about that person’s drinking or drug use.

The app named “Harbor” prompts the user to answer several questions about their friend’s substance use behaviour and provides feedback on the potential seriousness — a feature that may be especially helpful to people who feel conflicted about intervening.

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The recent shocking revelation following the controversial death case of Sushant Singh Rajput has rocked the entire country. Pinterest


When the desire for a sense-object overwhelms, the logical mind becomes unsteady. This subsequently might force the “feet” to take wrong steps. Sometimes such wrong steps are brutally detrimental. While the high society of Bollywood is now joyfully groping in the darkness of materialism, some section of actors is longing for a “quick high” and so they are doping themselves with intoxicants. The recent shocking revelation following the controversial suicide case of Sushant Singh Rajput has rocked the entire country. The media went overboard. The finding of the intricate network between the drug cartels and the actor Rhea Chakraborty, who was a former girlfriend of Sushant Singh, has brought forth what were less known earlier. Rhea Chakraborty has now been arrested by the Narcotics Control Bureau, India. Many other are being interrogated, top actors of B-town are deeply involved. A senior psychiatrist from Pune says — “what we have heard about the ‘Bollywood’s tryst with drugs’ is just the tip of the iceberg. In the country, our youths, from lower to upper economic strata, are badly affected by the drug addiction.”

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Blaming yourself in front of an addict is like complaining of having a scratch on the skin to a person who has a large wound. pixabay

Drug addiction is a very sensitive issue that no one wants to be associated with. Most people who became addicts started it as a joke but ended up in the drug-dependence state. When living with a drug addict, it is always good to watch out what you are saying, doing, or recommending because it could appear like an offense. As many of them are finding Ready Clean reviews in an attempt to detoxify themselves, it is also important to offer them psychological support. Here are ten things you shouldn’t say or do to drugs.

Never Tell a Drug Addict Its Their Fault

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Facebook also sees how their tools are being used to get help during this trying time. Pixabay

In a bid to support individuals with substance abuse and drug addiction during COVID-19 times, Google, Facebook and Twitter have joined non-profit Center for Safe Internet Pharmacies (CSIP) to launch an initiative called Tech Together.

The online platform is a collection of resources to help those experiencing substance use disorder or battling addiction and the associated stigma. During these social distancing times, an increasing number of recovery support meetings and in-person recovery resources have been suspended due to shelter-in-place orders.

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