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Santa Barbara Teen News Network aims to provide “accessible and community-based performing arts programs, dedicated to developing passion, communication and performing arts leadership in the youth of (Santa Barbara)."

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As Santa Barbara County confronts a growing challenge from drug abuse, fatal overdoses from prescription medications are creeping ever higher, forcing authorities to revise the ways they track the trends.

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Looking back, Rich Detty can’t say for sure whether his son, Cliff, was addicted to prescription medications. The drug abuse question and the true condition of his son’s mental illness still haunt him.

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No whooping cough booster shot, no school, Medicaid woes and more from our Daily Briefing.

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Deep cuts ahead for California's Medicaid program, good news on lung cancer, and an Alzheimer's shocker from Pat Robertson, plus more from our Daily Briefing. 

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For years, Eva Marie Warren, 53, avoided eye contact with passers-by as she panhandled on the streets, for fear of having to smile back or make small talk. To smile or talk would compel her to reveal something she was deeply embarrassed about – her teeth.

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Doctors, guns and free speech; a new way to combat obesity in Michigan; and an unlikely health reform coalition, plus more from our Daily Briefing.

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Rising numbers of uninsured, a new listeria outbreak, and an emergency room vending machine for prescriptions, plus more in our Daily Briefing. 

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A national plan will address the enormous costs of Alzheimer's, dental health cutbacks in California, another ground turkey recall and more from our Daily Briefing.

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Alcoholism forced 20-year-old Amy to move away from Santa Barbara and everything she knew. She had begun drinking at age 16 and a pattern of dependence started soon after, forcing her into a succession of rehabilitation facilities before she moved to Oklahoma in an attempt to break the cycle.



The nation’s overdose epidemic has entered a devastating new phase. Drugs laced with fentanyl and even more poisonous synthetics have flooded the streets, as the crisis spreads well beyond the rural, largely white communities that initially drew attention. The death rate is escalating twice as fast among Black people than among white people. This webinar will give journalists deep insights, fresh story ideas and practical tips for covering an epidemic that killed more than 107,000 people in the U.S. last year. Sign-up here!


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