When Moral Compasses Are In Conflict.. The Cost To Our Society


HIV outbreak in 5 Indiana counties linked to needle-sharing

Health Commissioner Jerome Adams says most of the cases are linked to people injecting the prescription painkiller Opana, while a small number are tied to sexual transmission of the HIV virus. Officials said Opana is a powerful opioid painkiller containing oxymorphone, which is more potent per milligram than Oxycontin…

Former CVS Tech Comes Forward About Lying To Pts


Patients profiled at pharmacy counters

What else would cause the pharmacist concern? “Tattoos definitely,” says Rosie. Rosie says a pharmacy manager was suspicious of young adults in their 20s and 30s even if they’d come directly from a hospital after surgery or being injured in an accident. She was even told to turn away husbands whose wives just had C-sections…

If you’re being denied or delayed when trying to get a prescription filled let us know about. Send us an email to 13investigates@ktnv.com

William S. Burroughs, The Art of Fiction No. 36




The visions of drugs and the visions of art don’t mix?


Never. The hallucinogens produce visionary states, sort of, but morphine and its derivatives decrease awareness of inner processes, thoughts, and feelings. They are painkillers, pure and simple. They are absolutely contraindicated for creative work, and I include in the lot alcohol, morphine, barbiturates, tranquilizers—the whole spectrum of sedative drugs. As for visions and heroin, I had a hallucinatory period at the very beginning of addiction, for instance, a sense of moving at high speed through space. But as soon as addiction was established, I had no visions—vision— at all and very few dreams.


Why did you stop taking drugs?


I was living in Tangier in 1957, and I had spent a month in a tiny room in the Casbah staring at the toe of my foot. The room had filled up with empty Eukodol cartons; I suddenly realized I was not doing anything. I was dying. I was just apt to be finished. So I flew to London and turned myself over to Dr. John Yerbury Dent for treatment. I’d heard of his success with the apomorphine treatment. Apomorphine is simply morphine boiled in hydrochloric acid; it’s nonaddictive. What the apomorphine did was to regulate my metabolism. It’s a metabolic regulator. It cured me physiologically. I’d already taken the cure once at Lexington, and although I was off drugs when I got out, there was a physiological residue. Apomorphine eliminated that. I’ve been trying to get people in this country interested in it, but without much luck. The vast majority—social workers, doctors—have the cop’s mentality toward addiction. A probation officer in California wrote me recently to inquire about the apomorphine treatment. I’ll answer him at length. I always answer letters like that.


Have you had any relapses? …


What about addicts?


Well, there will be a lot of morphine addiction. Remember that there were a great many addicts at that time. Jesse James was an addict. He started using morphine for a wound in his lung, and I don’t know whether he was permanently addicted, but he tried to kill himself. He took sixteen grains of morphine and it didn’t kill him, which indicates a terrific tolerance. So he must have been fairly heavily addicted…


Historically, apomorphine has been tried for a variety of uses including psychiatric treatment of homosexuality in the early 20th century, and more recently in treating erectile dysfunction. Currently, apomorphine is used in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease. It is a potent emetic (i.e., it induces vomiting) and should not be administered without an antiemetic such as domperidone. The emetic properties of apomorphine are exploited in veterinary medicine to induce therapeutic emesis in canines that have recently ingested toxic or foreign substances.

It was also successfully used as an unofficial treatment of heroin addiction, a purpose for which it was championed by the author William S. Burroughs. A recent study indicates that apomorphine might be a suitable marker for assessing central dopamine system alterations associated with chronic heroin consumption.[2] There is, however, no clinical evidence that apomorphine is an effective and safe treatment regimen for opiate addiction. Early studies involved aversion therapy in alcoholism and anxiety, and modern reports are rather anecdotal.[3]

This is about alternatives…


I can’t tell you how freeing it is to be in control of my own pain management decisions. For the year that I’ve been a medical cannabis patient, I no longer had to visit a pain doctor every month, sitting like a child at the feet of a man who controlled access to my pain relief (while he spent my office time talking to other patients on the phone)…

I like to compare my nervous system on chronic pain as an emergency alert system that is broken; instead of only signaling in an emergency, the system continually broadcasts alerts in a never-ending loop (any Lost fans in the audience?). Unfortunately, no one really knows how to fix this system, and I’m of the opinion that once it’s broken, it can’t be fixed…

After over 25 years of chasing pain relief, I am here to tell you that relief is best thought of as momentary. Those brief seconds in time, when you are able to miraculously push the pain aside — in your mind. And cannabis allows for more of those brief seconds in time.

These brief seconds in time can give a pain patient the impetus to move when their brain is telling them it hurts too much to do so. And the additional pain caused by physical activity is more easily managed when you know that there is adequate medicine awaiting you, if and when you need it…

Unum’s Pendergrass and Kertay


Personality and Somatoform Disorders in Forensics and Claims for Disability (2007)

Les Kertay, PhD

Incidence estimates show that 10-15% of the population meets criteria for one or more personality disorders and that somatoform disorders are of relatively high frequency in those with nonspecific medical complaints. The presenters contend that significant features of personality disorder impact even more adults seen in clinical practice than incidence estimates suggest, that there is a blurred line between personality and somatoform disorders, and that both are common in those who claim long-term disability with psychiatric features.

Iatrogenic contributions to disability (2005)

Thomas M. Pendergrass, RN, PhD
Les Kertay, PhD

Psychologists are often in a position to have tremendous influence, for both good and ill, on a patient’s functionality with respect to work and other aspects of daily living. The presenters will explore some of the obvious and subtle ways in which psychologists can unwittingly contribute to disability in psychotherapy patients and subjects examined in forensic psychological or neuropsychological settings. Participants will be able to describe (and outline strategies for alleviating or managing) potential iatrogenic factors in psychotherapy, psychological or neuropsychological assessment that may exacerbate disability and dysfunction in patients; and describe the ethical and legal implications of potential iatrogenic factors in psychological assessment and treatment.

2/2/2015, Walgreens cuts 252 in Orlando, as other pharmacy companies grow


Walgreens also cut jobs in Arizona this month. Local media in Arizona reported that 345 people in Flagstaff would lose their jobs connected to a retail distribution center there.

A spokesman said a smaller number of Arizona job cuts also happened at a pharmacy fulfillment center in Arizona. The fulfillment centers in Arizona and Orlando support almost 20 percent of Walgreens’ 8,200 stores throughout the U.S…