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This month, the “Take Charge of Your Health Today” page examines drugs–chemicals that can provide great benefit or cause great harm to our bodies. Jennifer R. Jones, MPH, community engagement coordinator with the University of Pittsburgh CTSI, and Esther L. Bush, president and CEO of the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh, had a discussion about this important topic.

JJ: Good afternoon, Ms. Bush. For a few months we have known that our March page will have a focus on drug use. It’s a very delicate yet timely topic.

EB: Yes, Jennifer. I’m glad that we’re focusing our health page on a topic that has recently received so much local and national media attention.  We know that most every person has taken at least one drug at least one time, most likely an over-the-counter headache or cold remedy. When taken properly, some drugs can assist our bodies in regaining or maintaining health. That’s not what we are talking about today, though. When used inappropriately, at the wrong time, in the wrong amount, and certainly when used habitually over time, any drug has the ability to harm the body and destroy our health. That’s what we are talking about today. I want to be very clear of our intention.

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