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Between constant talk of the opioid epidemic and the societal “war on drugs,” the subject of substance abuse is constantly on the minds of the public at large.

However, the reality of just how much drug abuse is taking its toll on the population is staggering based on some recent numbers.

Fatal drug addictions are rising among urban and rural communities according to new data from the Pew Research Center. Meanwhile, concern over substance abuse is at an all-time high among allwalks of life.  Pew’s latest study notes that 90% of rural Americans cite drug abuse as a major or minor problem in their communities, with 87% in urban areas saying the same.

Meanwhile, the most recent numbers on fatal overdoses show that total deaths in 2016 (~63,000) people are nearly doublethat of a decade ago. The majority of those deaths involved some form of an opioid, by the way.

The Three “Whys” of Addiction

These numbers raise the ever-growing question ofwhydrug abuse is so rampant.

Perhaps one of the most overlooked aspects of addiction is why it happens in the first place.

The fact remains that addiction is indeed chemical following initial use of a substance (think: heroin). To quote the Northeast Addictions Treatment Center: “After regular use, the abused drugs change the brain in a manner that the user loses the ability to endure the urge of using drugs.”

It’s widely debated whether or not addiction is a disease, but the chemical component of becoming an addict if something that can’t be ignored.

But what initiates that initial use that leads to addiction? Broken down below are some common getaways to drug abuse based on research.

Economic Hardship

A poor financial situation is a double-edged sword in regard to substance abuse. Not only are those in impoverished areas more likely to be exposed to drugs, but also seek illicit substances as a means of escapism. Some obviously also turn to drug-dealing as means to get out of a bad financial situation, which only leads them deeper down the proverbial rabbit hole.

Troubled Personal Relationships

Those locked in abusive or unsavory relationships are more likely to turn to abuse or be exposed to drugs. Likewise, children exposed to drugs at a young age run a high risk of becoming substance abusers themselves.

Poor Mental Health

The link between substance abuse and mental health problems is well-documented. Abusing drugs with existing mental health issues such as depression represents an unfortunate downward spiral where one condition makes the other exponentially worse. With such drug users often unable to financially or emotionally support themselves, it’s difficult to escape their situation.

Regardless of whyinitial drug abuse occurs, each of these paths can lead users to an untimely death via overdose.

The numbers don’t lie when it comes to the United States’ widespread drug abuse problem. As new policies and legislation continue to roll out to address these woes, we’ll just have to wait and see if these unfortunate figures drop as a result.

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Disney Broadway In Bryant Park Part Two

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106.7 LITE FM’s brought Disney to Broadway in Bryant Park. We brought you the video and now the pictures so you are there.

Tshidi Manye

Jackie Rene

Jackie Rene and Gilbert Domally

Jackie Rene and Gilbert Domally

Jackie Rene and Gilbert Domally

Jackie Rene and Tshidi Manye

Jackie Rene and Tshidi Manye

Tshidi Manye and Gilbert Domally

Tshidi Manye and Gilbert Domally

Jim Ferris, Gilbert Domally and Ben Jeffrey

Jim Ferris, Gilbert Domally and Ben Jeffrey

Jim Ferris, Gilbert Domally and Ben Jeffrey

Ben Jeffrey, Jackie Rene, Tshidi Manye, Jim Ferris and Gilbert Domally

Gilbert Domally, Jackie Rene, Tshidi Manye, Jim Ferris and Ben Jeffrey

The Lion King’s Tshidi Manye, Jim Ferris, Jackie René, Ben Jeffrey and Gilbert Domally

Charissa Hogeland

Charissa Hogeland

Chad Burris

Frozen’s Charissa Hogeland and Chad Burris

Michael James Scott

Adi Roy

Adi Roy

Michael James Scott, Adi Roy

Michael James Scott, Adi Roy

Sonya Balsara

Sonya Balsara

Adi Roy, Sonya Balsara

Sonya Balsara, Adi Roy

Adi Roy, Sonya Balsara

from Aladdin‘s Michael James Scott, Sonya Balsara and Adi Roy

106.7 Lite FM’s Hosts-Paul Cubby Bryant and Christine Nagy

Paul Cubby Bryant and Christine Nagy

The hosts were Paul ‘Cubby’ Bryant and Christine Nagy.

Chad Burris, Charissa Hogeland, Ben Jeffrey, Jackie Rene, Tshidi Manye, Jim Ferris and Gilbert Domally

Chad Burris, Gilbert Domally, Jackie Rene. Tshidi Manye, Jim Ferris, Charissa Hogeland, Ben Jeffrey, Sonya Balsara, Adi Roy and Michael James Scott

Chad Burris, Gilbert Domally, Jackie Rene. Tshidi Manye, Jim Ferris, Charissa Hogeland, Ben Jeffrey, Sonya Balsara, Adi Roy and Michael James Scott

Chad Burris, Gilbert Domally, Jackie Rene. Tshidi Manye, Jim Ferris, Charissa Hogeland, Ben Jeffrey, Sonya Balsara, Adi Roy and Michael James Scott

 

 

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Disney Broadway In Bryant Park

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106.7 LITE FM’s Broadway in Bryant Park brought Disney to its 2024 program. The Bryant Park stage is located at 6th Avenue between 40th and 42nd Streets. Lawn seating is first come, first serve.

This weeks performances came from Aladdin‘s Michael James Scott, Sonya Balsara and Adi Roy

Frozen’s Charissa Hogeland and Chad Burris

And The Lion King’s Tshidi Manye, Jim Ferris, Jackie René, Ben Jeffrey and Gilbert Domally

The hosts were Paul ‘Cubby’ Bryant and Christine Nagy.

 

 

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Live From The Hotel Edison Times Square Chronicles Presents Allison Eden

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“Live From The Hotel Edison Times Square Chronicles Presents”, is filmed from the Hotel Edison.

In this episode T2C’s publisher and owner Suzanna Bowling talks with Allison Eden. Allison is the visionary artist who is creating the look at Serendipity 3, which will be opening this year on 47th Street, in Times Square. Today, she stands as a pioneer in the design world, captivating audiences worldwide with her innovative glass and stone mosaic masterpieces.

To see Allison’s work and learn more click here.

I am so grateful to my guest Allison Eden.

We are so proud because the show and our guests are now featured on the TV screens in the lobby and the hotel rooms. We were also gifted a poster in the lobby.

Suzanna, Allison and Rommel

Thank-you Magda Katz for videoing and creating the content to go live, Rommel Gopez and The Hotel Edison for their kindness and hospitality.

We are so proud and thrilled that Variety Entertainment News just named us one of Summer’s Best Picks in the category of Best Television, Radio, PodcastsThe company we are in, has made us so humbled, grateful and motivated to continue.

The Daily Geek Report” has also named host Suzanna Bowling on the list of Most Engaging Hosts. Thank-you so much for recognizing us and thank-you Eileen Shapiro who has helped us get noticed, we are so grateful.

You can catch us on the following platforms:

Pandora:

https://www.pandora.com/podcast/live-from-the-edison-hotel-times-square-chronicles-presents/PC:1001084740

Stitcher:

https://www.stitcher.com/show/1084740

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Amazon:

https://music.amazon.com/podcasts/e3ac5922-ada8-4868-b531-12d06e0576d3

Apple Podcasts:

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/live-from-the-edison-hotel-times-square-chronicles-presents/id1731059092

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Cabaret Loses The West Bank Cafe and Laurie Beechman Theatre

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The West Bank Cafe and the Laurie Beechman theatre are closing their doors in August.

The West Bank Cafe opened in 1978. The restaurant’s early clients even included the notorious Irish gang, the Westies. The neighborhood was rough. In 1980, The New York Times awarded West Bank two stars, which increased its visibility and attracted a wider range of diners. 
In this era, West Bank Cafe’s owner, Steve Olsen opened the Laurie Beechman Theatre downstairs from the Cafe, which staged plays and hosted events nightly. A young Lewis Black was named playwright-in-residence; Howard Stern aired his third-annual live birthday broadcast from the theater; and the restaurant’s regulars included Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller and Bruce Willis, among others.

Soon the redevelopment of 42nd Street spread further west, bringing new businesses and residents to the area. Throughout the 1980s and ’90s, the restaurant was a leader in the growing Theater District and Hell’s Kitchen dining scenes. As new theaters opened in the area, the restaurant’s connection to stage and screen remained strong as well. The Laurie Beechman Theatre continued to regularly stage the work of emerging writers, actors, and singers (many of whom later became stars) as well as established acts: The Who even gave four live performances at the restaurant while their musical Tommy was running on Broadway.

After 45 years, the restaurant’s surrounding neighborhood and America’s culinary tastes have changed dramatically. West Bank Cafe has evolved along with the neighborhood and maintained a commitment to serving high-quality food in a unpretentious setting where both theater-goers and theatre stars feel at home.

In 2020 the West Bank was likely to close imminently as it faced mounting debts and a steep drop-off in customers due to COVID. By Tuesday, though, there was an online fundraiser had raised more than $330,000, shooting past its initial goal of $250,000. Donations came pouring in thanks to Tom D’Angora, a Broadway producer and longtime customer. But things took off on Christmas Day, thanks to a star-studded, nine-hour telethon, featuring speeches and performances by Sean Penn, Nathan Lane, Pete Townshend, Debra Messing, Andre De Shields and dozens more performers who have called themselves West Bank regulars during its 42-year history.

The money raised allowed Olsen to pay off the cafe’s debts and save some cash for the future. Sadly it seems 2024 might be the end.

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Legal Representation for Your Auto Accident Lawsuit: How They Can Help

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Being in a car accident can be scary and stressful, but you don’t have to handle the legal stuff by yourself. Think about having a professional on your side who could help you get through the court system and fight for the money you deserve.

Your auto accident lawsuit can be helped by a lawyer. Know that a professional is working hard for you if you hire the right lawyer. This will give you peace of mind and the strength to face the problems that lie ahead. Fasten your seat belts, and let’s look at how lawyers can ease this tough path.

Experience and Expertise

The experience and knowledge that lawyers bring to your car accident victim case is one of the main benefits of having one. They know how the justice system works and can easily get around its many complicated parts. Their specific understanding of personal injury law is very important if you want to improve your chances of winning.

Legal Support and Guidance

A case over a car accident can be hard on the mind and emotions. Getting a lawyer is important because they can help and guide you. They talk to the insurance companies, help with paperwork, and advise on what to do next.

Negotiation Skills

In most cases, auto accident lawsuits end up being settled outside of court through settlement negotiations between lawyers and insurance companies. Having a skilled lawyer negotiating on your behalf can make all the difference in the outcome of your case. They know how to present evidence, highlight key points, and negotiate for a fair settlement that covers all of your damages.

Courtroom Representation

If your case does go to trial, having legal representation is crucial. Your lawyer will act as your advocate in court, presenting your case and fighting for your rights. They know how to navigate the courtroom, from proper procedures to building a strong defense against any opposing arguments.

Contingency Fee Arrangements

Several auto accident lawyers work on a contingency fee basis, meaning they receive payment only if your case is successful. This eliminates any upfront costs for you and ensures that your lawyer is fully invested in the success of your case. It also offers peace of mind knowing that your lawyer will work tirelessly to secure a favorable outcome.

Peace of Mind

One of the key benefits of having legal representation for your auto accident lawsuit is the peace of mind it provides. Dealing with an auto accident can be emotionally taxing, but having a lawyer on your side can reduce stress and help you focus on recovery.

Choosing the right lawyer means finding one who is familiar with the local laws and regulations that will impact your case. By selecting personal injury lawyers in Opa Locka, you can benefit from their understanding of the local jurisdiction and their established relationships with local courts and professionals.

Take the First Step Towards Justice in Your Auto Accident Lawsuit

Having a lawyer help you with your auto accident lawsuit can make things a lot easier and improve your chances of getting a good result. A skilled lawyer can be very helpful on your trip, whether it’s because they know how to handle complicated legal issues, are good at negotiating, or give you peace of mind by working for you.

After a car accident, don’t handle the fallout by yourself. Get professional help and start the process of getting justice and the money you deserve.

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