Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a diagnostic category to describe the developmental conditions of autistic disorder, Asperger’s syndrome, childhood disintegrative disorder, and pervasive development disorder. While each diagnosis has variation in symptoms, people with all forms of ASD share the following characteristics: Limited, sometimes all-consuming interests Repetitive behavior Difficulty with social interactions Difficulty showing empathy towards others Inability to read social cues, which can make non-verbal communication baffling Delay language acquisition skills Aggressive behavior Short attention span Hyperactivity and/or irritability The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 1 in 68 children are on the autism spectrum. It is approximately 4.5 times more prevalent in boys than in girls..
The United States is in the midst of what some are calling the worst drug epidemic in our nation’s history. What makes the current situation so dangerous, is that primary drugs associated with the current epidemic are largely of the legal, prescription variety. According to a recent expose on Vox: “In 2015, more than 52,000 people died of drug overdoses, nearly two-thirds of which were linked to opioids like Percocet, OxyContin, heroin, and fentanyl. That’s more drug overdose deaths than any other period in US history — even more than past heroin epidemics, the crack epidemic, or the recent meth epidemic.” With so many individuals, families, and communities suffering from.