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As part of the Center for Health Journalism Fellowship, journalists work with a senior fellow to develop a special project. Recent projects have examined health disparities by ZIP code in the San Francisco Bay Area, anxiety disorders and depression in the Hispanic immigrant community in Washington state, and the importance of foreign-born doctors to health care in rural communities.

Seniors make up 13% of population, account for a third of all prescriptions written in the U.S.

The baby boom culture. Longer, but not necessarily healthier lifestyles. A general lack of information and communication. Each of these elements plays a role in the growing phenomenon that is the misuse of prescription drugs by the elderly.

Hospitals and clinics on the front lines develop their own systems to monitor abuse, suspicious activity

Prescribing controlled substances is a highly regulated process, especially as abuse and addiction become more prevalent, but oversight is fractured between agencies with the burden falling on local health-care providers.

By combining fresh fruit and vegetable delivery with health education, Second Harvest is empowering food bank members to become active participants in their community’s nutrition education. Second Harvest has transformed itself from a “food bank” to a “nutrition bank,” creating the community organizers of tomorrow.

When California’s first food bank opened in this Central Coast city in 1972, its mission was simple and practical: eliminate hunger by collecting society’s surplus food and giving it to people in need. But over the years, the mix of donated foods has changed dramatically. Here's why.

Through video interviews, teenagers expand scope of Noozhawk's project and discover they have their own stories to tell

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)."

Santa Barbara County autopsy reports show that, whether intentional or accidental, teens and adults are most often abusing multiple drugs

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.

Longtime emergency room physician calls for students, young people to practice common sense

This article was written by Noozhawk Intern Tim Fucci as part of Day 4 in Noozhawk’s 12-day, six-week special investigative series. Related links are below.

Abuse counselor driven by her past to help others with their future

Donna Genera says bartenders are therapists without degrees. As a former bartender and drug dealer herself, Genera’s work is informed by her years on the supply side of addiction.

Risk factors include genetic tendencies, adaptation and brain circuitry — and are all different in each of us

In the past, the study of addiction has often been focused on substances — like heroin, marijuana and alcohol. But experts in the field now believe that addiction begins with the “reward circuitry” in the brain rather than the substances themselves.

46-year-old Cliff Detty had been diagnosed with mental illness but father wonders whether drugs also played a fateful role

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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