Yeargan & Kert - January 2020

THROW AWAY YOUR RESOLUTIONS

AND SET ALTERNATIVE GOALS FOR THE NEW YEAR

At the start of each new year, about half of all Americans set at least one New Year’s resolution, a promise to themselves that they will thrive in the coming year. Unfortunately, research from YouGov Omnibus, an international market research firm, found that only 1 in 5 Americans stuck to their resolutions. The fallibility of New Year’s resolutions is why few successful CEOs or leaders bother making them. Around this time of year, plenty of articles pop up with hot takes like, “Don’t set New Year’s resolutions; make goals instead!” Unfortunately, if you haven’t been making goals already, you’ve likely been setting yourself up for failure. Setting goals, achieving them, and making new ones should be a habit all year long, not just something you do on Jan. 1. The start of a new year is still a great time to reflect and strategize, but rather than fall on an old cliche, take a page from two of the most successful people in business. REFLECT ON 2019 WITH TIM FERRISS. For decades, entrepreneur and best-selling author Tim Ferriss made New Year’s resolutions every year. Then, he developed a better strategy. “I have found ‘past year reviews’ (PYR) more informed, valuable, and actionable than half-blindly looking forward with broad resolutions,” Ferriss said in a 2018 blog post.

At the start of each year, Ferriss spends an hour going through his calendar from the past 12 months and making a note of every person, activity, or commitment that sparked the strongest emotions, both positive and negative. The most positive events get rescheduled immediately for the new year. Meanwhile, the negative ones get put on a “Not-To-Do List” and hung up where Ferriss can see them. PICK A WORD OF THE YEAR WITH MELINDA GATES. “I do believe in starting the new year with new resolve,” says Melinda Gates, co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, “but instead of adopting a resolution, I choose a word of the year — a word that encapsulates my aspirations for the 12 months ahead.” Gates says that words like “spacious” or “grace” have helped her center herself and serve as a reminder about what she really wants to focus on. In 2019, Gates chose the word “shine,” stating that, “It’s a reminder for all of us to turn on the lights inside of us, lift each other up, and shine together.”

Prescribing Addiction

THE LEGAL ISSUES THAT CAN STEM FROM PRESCRIPTION DRUG USE

Many people who become addicted to opioids turn to illegal heroin use because heroin is cheaper and easier to secure. It’s important to remember that there are many other ways prescription drug use can lead to criminal charges, too. For example, teens may use or sell pills they find in medicine cabinets in their homes. Additionally, it is illegal to carry prescription drugs in a container other than the originally prescribed pill bottle in Georgia. So, if you pack your daily dosage of sinus infection medication in a different container than the one given to you from the pharmacy or doctor, you could face a misdemeanor charge that carries up to 12 months in jail and a $1,000 fine.

the Georgia Controlled Substances Act. For adults, possession of opioids without a prescription carries a penalty of 2–15 years in prison for a first offense. Second-time offenders face 5–30 years. (Opioids are classified as a Schedule II drug in Georgia, with Schedule I considered the most serious drug to possess.) Prescription drug use is a complex problem in our country. Pharmaceutical medications can do wonders for patients who truly need them, but many substances are highly addictive and dangerous. To learn more about opioid drug use, prevention, and treatment, visit FDA.gov. If you or a loved one is facing legal trouble associated with prescription drug use, our team can help. Give us a call today.

Prescription drug abuse has been on the rise in the U.S. since the late 1990s. Today, the National Institute of Drug Abuse estimates that anywhere between 21–28% of opioid users— those who take powerful chemicals like morphine and oxycodone, which are commonly used to treat pain — abuse the medication. Furthermore, this addiction can fuel illegal behavior. Illegal use of prescription medication not only has detrimental health effects but can also leave you or your loved ones facing legal issues. The highly addictive properties of opioid medication increase the chances of patients becoming reliant on the drugs and resorting to illegal actions to obtain them.

Likewise, your teen could face the same punishment, along with charges for violating

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