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5 Things You Should Know – Part 315

Here are 5 things you should know.

1. School’s value doesn’t come from the information you learn, but the underlying skills it teaches.

School does teach you some applicable information in the classes you take.

That being said… In my opinion, it isn’t the stuff you learn in the individual classes that are valuable, it’s the life skills that the entirety of school teaches you.

You learn social skills. How to not only interact with people on the same level as you (friends) but also people that are in positions of power (teachers/faculty). This gives you a start to integrating into a workplace environment where you’ll have colleagues and bosses.

It teaches you time management. Learning how to balance homework and projects is no different than meeting deadlines at work. And quality matters too.

It teaches you applicable knowledge in terms of computer skills. Learning how to use Outlook beyond just sending emails (tasks, calendars, etc), using excel beyond just keeping lists, using powerpoint beyond just creating a happy birthday print out, all of this will make you look like a god amongst your peers.

Overall, school teaches you how to function in society. You may not realize it if you’re in your teen years, in class while you read this, but I promise you what you’re learning in school today will help you in life for the long haul.

2. When you go to Taco Bell and they ask you to do the survey, if you do it and recognize an employee in the review they get $2 added to their paycheck.

It is a super easy and fast way to help someone earn a little cash. It takes 2 minutes tops to complete and you get put into a drawing for $500.

Apparently only some franchises do this, not corporate stores.

3. When driving and waiting to turn into oncoming traffic always keep your steering wheel straight.

This will ensure your safety if you were to get rear-ended. If your steering wheel was already turned towards traffic and you’re just not moving yet, if you get rear-ended, you will automatically be shot directly into incoming traffic head-on. If you keep your steering wheel straight until you start to move when it’s safe, even if you get hit from behind, you’ll still just go forward and be able to stop safely.

4. You can change your phone’s audio output to mono to make listening with one earbud sound better.

It makes a very big difference. On Android and iPhone, the option will be under accessibility in settings.

5. Naloxone, the opioid overdose reversal drug known commonly as *Narcan* is available to the public without a prescription, as an easy-to-use nasal spray, at pharmacies across the US.

Naloxone, commonly known by the brand name Narcan, is an acute opioid antagonist used to reverse the symptoms of an opioid overdose.

Narcan has been carried by emergency room doctors and paramedics for decades as an intravenous or intramuscular injection solution and more recently distributed to police officers and other first responders. Since 2016 Narcan has been available without a prescription as a nasal spray in every US state but Hawaii.

Anyone who is an active or recovering opioid user themselves or has a loved one who uses opioids has access to easy-to-use Naloxone formulations.

WHY – if someone you know overdoses, it takes first responders an average of 6-7 minutes to arrive at the scene, and 6-7 minutes can mean the difference between life and brain death.

Citation: The National Institute on Drug Abuse The FDA

Few more points:

  1. It is important to always call 911. Always. They need medical assistance. Naloxone just buys them time for that assistance to get there. Narcan is just a temporary solution, lasts for 30-90 minutes (and apparently sometimes less). An individual can receive Narcan and it can be effective and then they can fall back into overdose. Dispatch may instruct you in CPR, etc, and emergency services may provide them with further help even if they refuse to go to the hospital.

  2. Narcan is often, but not always, available for free. Without insurance, at a pharmacy it is very expensive. If you don’t have applicable insurance, try looking into local resources in your area. There are non-profits, coalitions, etc. that will provide free Naloxone to those that need it.

  3. Good Samaritan laws protect individuals reporting an overdose from prosecution for wrongful death, etc in 50 states. Similar laws protect those same people from prosecution for drug possession in 46 US states. The protection varies from state to state.

Keep Safe!

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