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Welcome to the winter edition of HealthWise, the newsletter of Maryland Primary Care Physicians. In this issue, you’ll learn how to spot signs of opioid abuse, which birth control methods are right for you, and the difference between sadness and depression. Feel free to share these health tips with friends and family.
 In this issue: Opioids  |  Birth Control  |  Depression
opioid epidemic
The Opioid Epidemic
By: John Billon, M.D.
Commonly used narcotics, called opioids, have been in the news a lot lately. This can include heroin, and mediations that are commonly prescribed to treat pain, such as oxycodone and morphine. Unfortunately, opioid abuse has spread in recent years to infect communities across Maryland, putting neighbors – and even family members ─ at risk.
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Birth Control Methods - Pros and Cons
By: Julie Henne-Reese, CRNP
There are many birth control methods to choose from, but they differ in ease of use, cost and effectiveness. See which method is right for you by reading the full article, which includes a table that lists most effective birth control methods, with pros and cons for their use.
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Sadness – or Depression?
By: Cecily Agcaoili, MD
Everyone feels down from time to time, but depression is different.

Sadness can be confused with depression. You may feel sad after something bad has happened, like a relationship breakup, problems on the job or in school, or trouble with friends or family, but the feelings are normal and usually pass with time.
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Below are links to past editions of our MPCP Patient e-Newsletter, which provides the latest MPCP news about the practice, and interesting health care articles written by our doctors.

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HealthWise – Winter 2017 Your Office Visit, Stress & Tips for Better Health

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HealthWise – Fall 2016, Fad Diets, Safe Holiday Drinking and Health Benefits of Music

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