Muslims Around The World Condemn Charlie Hebdo Attack

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/01/07/muslims-respond-charlie-hebdo_n_6429710.html

Muslim leaders and activists immediately denounced the terrorists actions, reiterating the verse in the Quran that tells Muslims when one kills just one innocent person, it is as if he has killed all of humanity.

Drivers fly through Paseo flyover, damaging it

http://krqe.com/2015/01/05/drivers-fly-through-paseo-flyover-damaging-it/

But that’s not all that’s plaguing the new interchange. There’s also a line of graffiti along the westbound barrier. Gallegos said when his crews have to fix and repaint areas like Paseo it puts other repairs on hold. He said he’s frustrated the costly Paseo project is turning into another eyesore in town.

“For lack of a better canvas, I guess they decided the interstate is the place where they can go out and do whatever they want with a sharpie, paint or whatever,” said Gallegos.

There’s your answer:  Give the taggers a better canvas.  Can’t the city set aside some wall space for the graffiti artists?  As long as they take care of it themselves?

Peace on Earth, goodwill toward your fellow human

1/5/2015, Cycling for a cause: Pot smoker on road to promote medical marijuana

http://www.newsherald.com/news/health/cycling-for-a-cause-pot-smoker-on-road-to-promote-medical-marijuana-1.421122?page=0

Panama City, FL

“The plant is already perfect,” he said.  Locke is an Army veteran, which might be the only thing about him that doesn’t scream “hippie.”

He rode something like 4,600 miles on that trip. He said he got a lot of attention from police in Kansas until he reached the border with Colorado, where medical marijuana was legalized in 2000, and where a stranger greeted him with a half-ounce bag of grass.

He made a lot of friends on that trip. It was not unusual, he said, for people who met him to give him a joint when he passed through town…

3/6/14, Experts: Officials missed signs of prescription drug crackdown’s effect on heroin use

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/experts-officials-missed-signs-of-prescription-drug-crackdowns-effect-on-heroin-use/2014/03/06/2216414a-9fc1-11e3-b8d8-94577ff66b28_story.html

Federal arrests for illegal use of prescription drugs skyrocketed more than 900 percent between 2001 and 2007, according to the National Drug Intelligence Center. [The number of suicides increased dramatically during that time period also.]

Since 2009, the DEA has widely circulated a slide called “circle of addiction” that shows the linkage between pain medications and heroin. [Yes, pain patients know that the DEA has criminalized their medical condition. Creating fear, abusing power, and misrepresenting facts are things the DEA does quite often. I’d like to replace that slide with something more relevant — like the cycle of constant pain.]

The likelihood that many prescription-drug abusers will switch to heroin because it is much cheaper is widely accepted among addiction treatment professionals and law enforcement officials. [Based on supposition only. All these so-called experts have created their own facts and put them into practice — and now pain patients are automatically labeled drug addicts.]

But Coffin acknowledged that the crackdown made some doctors reluctant to write prescriptions for pain medications. “That in turn causes people, because they have an opioid dependency, to turn to heroin,’’ he said. [Rubbish.  And opioid dependency doesn’t mean a switch to illegal heroin and needles for a pain patient when opioids are no longer accessible.]

Zohydro

“We do not expect the introduction of Zohydro ER (extended release) to increase the overall use of opioids,” said Dr. Brad Galer, executive vice president and chief medical officer at Zogenix, in an e-mail. “In fact, prescription data from the last five years shows that total use of ER opioids is constant and independent of new entrants to the market.”

9/26/2014, Chronic Pain, Opioids, and Quality of Life

A Guestpost by Dan Malito

http://theseatedview.blogspot.ca/2014/09/chronic-pain-opioids-and-quality-of.html

First, I’d wake up in pain. There’s no two ways about it. I’d awaken with my joints aching, my back on fire, and my muscles sore. Doctors like to quantify pain on a scale of 1 to 10, so I’d say that it would be a 10, most definitely. The agony of bone rubbing against bone in joints that no longer have cartilage to cushion them would be experienced, in full, the minute I stepped off my mattress. It’s a pain I hope none of you ever have to experience, and my pain medicine only alleviates about 70% on a good day, but that’s enough to live my life.

9/14/14, Ex-cops screening patients at pain pill clinics

http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140914/GZ01/140919687/1419

Some West Virginia pain clinics are using former narcotics officers to screen patients – and charging people $150 for the service. A representative of the contractor that hires the officers — called “narcotics auditors” — told state lawmakers last week that the new practice is helping curb West Virginia’s prescription drug problem.

At Hope pain clinics in Kanawha City, Fairmont and Beckley, new patients must pay PPPFD $150 for an initial screening, and $75 for each subsequent visit. The screening includes a drug test, criminal background check, a review of the patient’s past prescriptions and an interview with a former narcotics officer who’s stationed at the pain clinic. Patients also are fingerprinted and photographed.

9/20,14, Innocent grandmother shot during violent DEA drug raid in New Hampshire

http://www.policestateusa.com/2014/grandmother-shot-during-dea-raid-in-new-hampshire/

MANCHESTER, NH — During a violent surprise raid on a family-occupied apartment, federal agents opened fire on an innocent grandmother as she reached out to protect an infant…

The raid produced no drugs, no arrests, and resulted in 49-year-old Lilian Alonzo [reported as Lillian Nunez] being shot by an officer… The search warrant was served as part of a series of 13 raids to investigate several people allegedly selling prescription painkillers without government authorization… Alonzo survived, but doctors were unable to remove the bullet from her body.

(1/17/2014) TO: All Part D Sponsors

http://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Prescription-Drug-Coverage/
PrescriptionDrugCovContra/Downloads/HPMSmemo_
MedicarePartDOverutilizationMonitoringSystem011714.pdf

The Medicare Part D Overutilization Monitoring System (OMS) was implemented on July 31, 2013 to help CMS ensure that sponsors have established reasonable and appropriate drug [opioid] utilization management programs to assist in preventing overutilization of prescribed [opioid] medications as required by 42 C.F.R §423.153 et seq. (HPMS memo, July 5, 2013).

8/10/2014, Unspeakable pain: As many suffer in silence, a local initiative seeks to lift the shadows

http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/article1183784.html

Yet given reports in recent years of a nation tragically abusing painkillers, an initiative called Relieving Pain in Kansas City, on which Perry and others serve as citizen advisers, faces an uphill public relations climb…

“Part of the social stigma of living in chronic pain is that the people around you stop listening,” she said. “Family members get sick of hearing it. Care providers get frustrated doing all the right things that still don’t produce the desired outcome.

6/13/14, Pain killer shortage has some Big Island patients feeling the pain

http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/pain-killer-shortage-has-some-big-island-patients-feeling-pain

The federal Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) began limiting the amount of opioids made available to suppliers in certain areas in an attempt to cut down on abuse and overdoses by patients, as well as overprescribing by doctors, he said.