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Manesy Ceja-Cevallos

Manesy Ceja-Cevallos studied Integrative Biology with a minor in English at the University of California, Berkeley. She is a researcher at the Center for Research and Education on Aging (CREA). For Manesy, it is important that all individuals understand and have access to healthcare resources.

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Is Addiction A Disease?

Don’t people choose to drink or do drugs? How can addiction be a disease?Addiction is much more than a few bad choices. It disrupts the areas of the brain that are involved in reward, motivation, learning, judgement, and memory. Not only can it damage brain and body functions, but it can also damage relationships, families, and workplaces.

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The United State’s First Supervised Drug Injection Site in San Francisco

This summer, San Francisco is on track to open two supervised injection sites that will serve around 22,000 people in the Bay Area. These sites were unanimously voted for by the local Health Commission, whose ultimate goal is to equip these facilities with clean needles, medical staff trained in responding to overdose or other medical emergencies, and resources for people who want treatment: all in order to help end the opioid epidemic.

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