The Federal Railroad Administration oversees the railroad industry as part of the larger government agency, the Department of Transportation. Safety is a priority for this industry, as is the well-being of the workers. Railroad workers hold positions such as Engineer, Conductor, Yardmaster, Carman, Boilermaker, Mechanics, Track Worker, Welder, Signal Worker, Roadway Mechanic, as well as Clerical and Management positions. Some of these occupations can be dangerous and cause the worker to undergo trauma, stress- usually as a result of long-distance travel and long hours, as well as anxiety or depression and other mental health conditions.
Long Island, an island off the East Coast of the United States, is made up of four counties. These include Kings (Brooklyn), Queens, Nassau, and Suffolk. It is densely populated, with nearly half of New Yorkers living on Long Island. The beautiful sandy beaches, the Hamptons, wine country, club life,…
You probably are wondering how to overcome the temptation to drink during the holidays. The holiday season is a time when you attend several family events where there is time to eat, drink, and be merry. To stay sober, you need to learn how to control what triggers your urge to drink.
When most people think of the term “service dog” they think of an animal that has been trained for a person who is blind and needs a guide. Others will think a dog who helps a person in a wheelchair. However, service dogs come in all different breeds and fill all types of roles. So, what is a service dog and what types of life-saving skills do these canines offer?
Long Island has long been described as ground zero for the heroin and opiate epidemic. In a National Safety Council report, Long Island residents accounted for over 20% of fatal overdoses in New York in 2017. Finding the root of the problem remains a tangled web of threads. Drug trends point to the population of the island as a major driver for illegal drug businesses. Aside from being densely populated, Long Island also has many young people.
In recent years, drug dealers are being charged throughout the country with the overdose deaths of the customers and addicts they serve on the streets. Recently, a Long Island drug dealer was indicted in the deaths of two customers in Queens. This is the first time a dealer in the borough has been directly held responsible for the death of a drug addict. Law enforcement officials alledge that the narcotics he sold are the direct cause and reason for the death of two individuals.
The tainted cocaine drug overdoses that took the lives of 5 people this past week in New York began on Friday, September 20th, killing a 38-year-old man after he ingested the laced cocaine. The next day (Saturday) the death toll continued and took the life of a 40-year-old man also suspected to have used the same tainted cocaine. This past Tuesday the Yonkers police announced that there were three other overdose deaths which are likely to be connected to this same batch of tainted cocaine.
Long Island has historically been a favorite destination for tourists. Its beautiful sandy beaches, the Hamptons, wine country, club life, cuisines, and museums give Long Island bragging rights to fun and relaxation…but there is also a dark side, the substance dependence problem on Long Island.
Mental health awareness continues to increase in recent years and more employers are addressing the importance of mental health benefits for their workers. One of those employers is Starbucks, and the CEO Kevin Johnson recently went over the changes that are being implemented for the coffee giant.