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Don't Get Snowed: New Car Technology Could Save Your Life

Deborah Hersman | Posted 02.05.2016 | Technology
Deborah Hersman

During treacherous winter driving conditions, you can stay safe by making use of vehicle technologies standard in almost everything riding on four wheels today, including rental cars.

We Know the Cure to the Opioid Epidemic

Deborah Hersman | Posted 01.26.2016 | Healthy Living
Deborah Hersman

These are good reasons to be thoughtful, if not outright resistant to using opioid painkillers. Opioids are killing more than 18,000 people every year, so asking your doctor, nurse or pharmacist about the alternative options for pain relief and whether opioids are necessary.

What's On My Grown-Up Christmas List

Deborah Hersman | Posted 12.22.2015 | Healthy Living
Deborah Hersman

In the mid-90s, the holiday song "Grown-Up Christmas List" hit radio stations, and its lyrics were painfully close to too many homes. Within each verse were wishes for peace, friendship, forgiveness and justice. Presents under the tree seem trivial when we stop to think about it.

The Right Prescription for Pain Treatment

Deborah Hersman | Posted 10.23.2015 | Politics
Deborah Hersman

On Wednesday in West Virginia, President Obama called for additional private and public sector collaboration to end the country's opioid epidemic. The strategy is excellent. These additional components will save lives.

New AAA Study: Driver Distraction Persists Long After Hands-free Tasks End

Deborah Hersman | Posted 10.22.2015 | Technology
Deborah Hersman

Technology continues to evolve at a breakneck speed; unfortunately safety has not kept pace. In a perfect world, hands-free car systems and smartphones are easy to use, cognitively less demanding and keep driver distraction to a bare minimum.

Fiorina Is Right

Deborah Hersman | Posted 09.22.2015 | Politics
Deborah Hersman

Last week, Carly Fiorina's call for reforming drug treatment policies garnered a strong reaction during the Republican presidential debate when she shared how she and her husband buried their child to drug addiction. Fiorina called drug addiction an "epidemic." She is right.

When are the "Odds" really in your favor?

Deborah Hersman | Posted 06.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Deborah Hersman

Mark Twain is credited with saying, "I have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened." I imagine many Americans can relate. When w...

DEA-led 'pill mill' raids will save lives

Deborah Hersman | Posted 05.27.2015 | Crime
Deborah Hersman

When the Drug Enforcement Administration and other law officers carried out their four-state raid on pain clinics and 'pill mills' across the South on Wednesday, they preemptively saved thousands of lives and arrested some of the country's most unassuming sources of illegal drug activity.

The Most Fatally Abused Drug Is in Your Medicine Cabinet

Deborah Hersman | Posted 05.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Deborah Hersman

National Poison Prevention Week is the perfect time to learn how to prevent opioid painkiller overdose and addiction. Know the facts. According to new National Safety Council public opinion poll, few Americans do.

4 Winter Dangers That Could Impact Your Family

Deborah Hersman | Posted 04.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Deborah Hersman

With horrific snow storms making their rounds across the country and frigid temperatures keeping us close to home, be prepared for these four common winter dangers to keep your family safe.

Thanksgiving Travel Turns Into Tragedy

Deborah Hersman | Posted 01.21.2015 | Travel
Deborah Hersman

If our everyday lives are hectic, then the holidays are doubly so. How many times have you stayed up late cleaning, packing or worse -- driving through the night to get to your destination to "start your vacation?"

The Apple Doesn't Fall Far From the Tree When It Comes To Driving

Deborah Hersman | Posted 12.22.2014 | Parents
Deborah Hersman

This week is National Teen Driver Safety Week -- the perfect time to examine whether we are being good role models and teaching our teens the skills they need to be safe on the roads.

Take an Extra Look: Child Heatstroke Deaths on the Rise

Deborah Hersman | Posted 09.07.2014 | Impact
Deborah Hersman

The number of children dying from vehicle-induced heatstroke is heartbreaking. We are barely into the hot summer months of 2014, and have already lost the lives of at least 15 children.

In an Instant

Deborah Hersman | Posted 07.28.2014 | Impact
Deborah Hersman

By taking the data on the leading causes of unintentional death by age, a curious thing happens. Three peaks of heightened risk become apparent, helping us identify more dangerous times in our lives.

NTSB Chair Leaving Post To Head Safety Council

AP | By JOAN LOWY | Posted 05.11.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Deborah Hersman, the chairman of the nation's transportation accident investigations board, is leaving to become the president and...

Kevin Short

States Answer Cell Phone Use On The Road With Bans But Fatalities Persist

HuffingtonPost.com | Kevin Short | Posted 07.19.2013 | Technology

Citizens and lawmakers nationwide are increasingly aware that using a cell phone while driving is the safety equivalent of taking the wheel after a fe...

Lucia Graves

Exxon Receives Safety Medal Days After Arkansas Oil Spill

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucia Graves | Posted 04.05.2013 | Green

Days after an ExxonMobil pipeline swamped an Arkansas subdivision, pouring an estimated 84,000 gallons of crude oil into residential streets, the Nati...

For the Love of a Gun

Lorraine Devon Wilke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lorraine Devon Wilke

We Americans love our guns. We love 'em. We don't just feel they're a Right, a necessity, a possibly delusional buffer to our safety, we're freakin' passionate about the things.

The Most Likely Ways People Die

The Huffington Post | Dean Praetorius | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

Your chances of dying are one in one. But how exactly you will die is up in the air. While the most common causes of death are often medically relate...