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Photographer Hopes Portraits Will Return Some Dignity to Abu Ghraib Abuse Victims

Posted on · During the Iraq War, you probably remember seeing photos of detainees being abused at the Abu Ghraib prison. Some of the more infamous photos showed detainees wearing hoods or lying naked at the end of a leash. Photographer Chris Bartlett saw them too and wanted to find a way to use his skills to voice his […]

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Majority of Texas’ Drug Overdose Deaths Stem from Prescription Drug Abuse

Posted on · According to the non-profit, non-partisan Trust for America’s Health, which advocates for disease prevention, the number of drug overdose deaths in Texas increased by nearly 80 percent from 1999 to 2013. The majority of those deaths stemmed from an overdose of prescription drugs. The CDC says prescription drug abuse is the fastest growing drug problem in the United States. […]

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Preventing Elder Abuse in Houston

Posted on · As the population ages – and of course with all those baby boomers nearing retirement that we always hear about – elder abuse has become a growing issue nationwide and here in the Greater Houston. But what exactly is elder abuse? It can be anything from literal physical abuse to cashing an incapacitated loved one’s […]

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Preventing Elder Abuse, The Good The Bad and The Ugly & Record Store Day: Houston Matters for Friday, April 18, 2014

Posted on · As the population ages – and of course with all those baby boomers nearing retirement that we always hear about – elder abuse has become a growing issue nationwide and here in the Greater Houston. But what exactly is elder abuse? It can be anything from literal physical abuse to cashing an incapacitated loved one’s […]

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Organization Working to Prevent Child Abuse in Houston

Posted on · April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. We discuss the latest efforts to raise awareness of — and prevent — child abuse in Greater Houston. We hear from Trish King, executive director of ChildBuilders and Jessica Middleton, a sexual abuse survivor, who speaks about her personal experiences and how ChildBuilders is helping ensure children do not have to ensure […]

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Wind Energy, Child Abuse Prevention & Texas Hair: Houston Matters for Tues., April 15, 2014

Posted on · Each Tuesday of this month, leading up to Earth Day, Houston Matters is exploring efforts here in Greater Houston to pursue alternative, renewable forms of energy, Today on Houston Matters we talk about developments in wind energy. It’s something some heavy hitters in the oil and gas industry have pursued over the years. (Perhaps most […]

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What’s Really Going on Inside the Brain of an Addict?

Posted on · The recent death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman has once again raised the specter of addiction. It’s a topic often discussed, but not always well understood. More and more, medical professionals are recognizing addiction as a medical condition. They explain how drugs and alcohol can affect the chemistry in our brains, and how some of […]

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Harris County Releases Plan to Combat Drug Abuse

Posted on · Last fall, a wide variety of government and community leaders came together to discuss drug and alcohol abuse in Houston and Harris County. This week the group presented their 5 year plan for addressing all aspects of the drug problem. Melissa Galvez reports.