And the bipartisan drug war continues…

http://www.medpagetoday.com/Washington-Watch/Washington-Watch/50364

With all the partisan disputes now happening on Capitol Hill, it’s rare to see a bipartisan bill — especially one that could save the government money…

Among its provisions, the bill would:  Enable Medicare drug plans — both Part D plans and Medicare Advantage plans that include prescription drug coverage — to launch programs designed to limit abuse or diversion of opioids and similar medications…

More programs?  Aren’t there enough already?  How about posting the results of all the current plans?

While no one knows how much money the bill might save by lowering fraud and abuse, the committee has requested that the Congressional Budget Office score the bill to see how much savings it would generate…

McNeely, whose group supports the bill, added… But the least we can do is ask Congress to go after the low-hanging fruit.” …

Me And My Cellphone. Every. Single. Day.

(Photo taken today.)

(Just to clarify, I’m not talking about me.  I don’t use a cellphone — they’re expensive, plus they increase neck, shoulder, and facial pain.)

https://painkills2.wordpress.com/2015/02/24/proliferation-of-smartphones-may-be-affecting-posture/

Workplace Suicide Rates Rise Sharply

http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2015/03/17/393627215/workplace-suicide-rates-rise-sharply

Suicide rates in the U.S. have gone up considerably in recent years, claiming an average of 36,000 lives annually…

Jobs with greatest risk include law enforcement, firefighting and protective services, such as private detectives and security guards… The vast majority of these suicides (84 percent) involved firearms…

Workers at car repair shops also face an elevated risk, due in part to chronic long-term exposure to toxic chemicals and solvents that could result in memory impairment, irritability, depressive symptoms, emotional instability and brain damage, all risk factors for suicide.

Medical doctors are also at risk. And again, it’s suspected that easy access to the means of suicide plays a role. In the case of doctors, the culprit is lethal medications.

In this analysis, suicide within the military was excluded since those deaths are tracked differently by the Department of Defense and the Veterans Affairs…