3/26/2011, Legitimate users fall victim to Rx drug abusers


STATEN ISLAND, N.Y — Jeneane Chirico put the sign on her pharmacy’s window the day after the robbery: “We do not stock oxycodone or Roxicodone.”

Stocking the powerful painkiller just doesn’t seem worth the danger, she said, after an addict walked into her store, the Annadale Family Pharmacy, last April, passed her teenage daughter a threatening note over the pharmacy counter, and demanded the drug.

What was a teenager doing behind the pharmacy counter?

But the decision meant she’s had to turn away several customers — “Legitimately, they were elderly, and they had cancer, and they had back pain. But they understood what had happened, and they didn’t blame me for that.”

9 measles cases linked to Disney theme parks in California


The seven Californians with confirmed cases are from five different areas of the state and range from 8 months to 21 years old. Six were not vaccinated against the disease, including two who were too young to be vaccinated.

State Medicaid director takes new job with contractor that prompted provider shake-up


New Mexico’s Medicaid director, who was involved in the state’s controversial behavioral health shake-up in 2013, is leaving her $103,000-a-year position later this month to go to work for the private contractor that had set the provider overhaul in motion.

Is your steak from Japan?


Nijiya Market of Torrance, Calif., is recalling approximately 359 pounds of frozen boneless beef products produced in Japan. The products were not presented at the U.S. point of entry for inspection, raising the possibility of adverse health consequences… These items were produced in Japan on August 6, 2014 and imported in September. The importer cut, repackaged and sold the products at a retail store in Torrance, California.

A biomechanics educator on honoring pain


Pamela Rief is a biomechanics education specialist, trainer, and the Co-Founder of the Strengthen Up Project. The project’s mission is to educate people on biomechanics habits in order to prevent sports injuries. By using yoga techniques and movement training, she works with individuals and families to achieve and retain optimal postural alignment to minimize injury and lifelong pain. She trained in posture alignment at the Aplomb Institute of Paris and earned an M.S. in Epidemiology, Disease Prevention from Stanford University. She was also the valedictorian of her class at SUNY Stony Brook.

Rief shares how her hardworking parents taught her to “grin and bear” pain and why that is not a good tactic.

Jerry Serrato Named As Gunman In Texas Veterans’ Hospital Shooting


EL PASO, Texas (AP) — An Army veteran who fatally shot a psychologist at a West Texas veterans’ hospital before killing himself was a former clerk at the clinic and had threatened the doctor in 2013, the FBI said Wednesday…

The El Paso clinic came under scrutiny last year after a federal audit showed it had among the longest wait times for veterans trying to see a doctor for the first time. A survey last year of more than 690 veterans living in El Paso County found that they waited an average of more than two months to see a Veterans Affairs mental health professional and even longer to see a physician.

1/6/2015, How should U.S. regulate powerful painkillers?


I remember back in the 1980s, when anti-depressants were about the only long-term treatment available to chronic pain patients. Lots and lots of anti-depressants, which were later proven to only be as effective as a placebo. And while pain was being mistreated and under-treated, acute pain was allowed to morph into chronic pain; chronic pain was allowed to explode into intractable pain; and intractable pain rose to suicidal levels.

I’ve lived the history of the treatment of chronic pain, and Dr. Kolodny is a newcomer to this fight. Being the intensely curious person that I am, I did some digging. I mean, it’s not like the media includes the background of these groups when they allow their spokespeople to pretend to be experts. If you’re interested, I’ve posted the information on PFROP and Phoenix House at painkills2 on WordPress.

Dr. Kolodny has no background or expertise in the treatment of pain. The billion-dollar addiction medicine and rehabilitation industry is one not even recognized by the America Board of Medical Specialties. And it is no surprise that Dr. Kolodny is part of the failed drug war, as he is mostly funded by the federal government.

And just like when the media gives air time to Dick Cheney, when Dr. Kolodny speaks, I get nauseated and think “war criminal.”


I tried 3 different times to make this post, deleting the WordPress mention, and then “war criminal.”  All the posts were denied, and then they shut me down… If anyone reads this, and you’re on Disqus, maybe you can go give Kolodny a hard time for me?

6/30/2014, Report: Nearly half of combat veterans complain of chronic pain


The troops’ reported use of opioid pain relievers — 15.1 percent of all surveyed troops and 23 percent of those with chronic pain — was also far higher than the estimated civilian use of 4 percent. But that finding was less of a surprise, she Toblin said.

“It’s consistent Army-wide,” she said. About a quarter of soldiers use opioids within a given year, she said.