When pain patients attack each other

After filing for disability, I was evicted from my apartment.  I thought I was lucky to find another pain patient to live with, because I had nowhere else to go.  I only stayed with her for less than 6 months, but I remember this one occasion…

She had talked me into seeing yet another doctor, this one a rheumatologist.  I knew I was going to have to pee in a cup, which I was nervous about.  The reason was that I had previously seen a urologist, but when it came time to do the stream test, I was too nervous.  It took lots and lots of water, time, and embarrassment for me to finally complete the test.  (Which, by the way, showed nothing, probably because it was a stupid test.)

Well, I wasn’t going to go through that again, so before our appointment, I drank a lot of water. Turns out, I drank way too much.  While we were waiting to see the doctor, I kept having to excuse myself to go to the bathroom.  The second time I returned, she said, “Why did you drink so much water?  What are you trying to hide?”

No, I didn’t tell her my story of the urologist appointment.  What would have been the point? Her tone was so accusatory, as if I had been shooting up heroin or something, that I didn’t even bother.

I’m telling this story because I just want pain patients to stop accusing others, like those addicted to drugs, for the DEA’s war against pain patients and their doctors.  Every patient who is caught up in this war is not to blame.  We are all suffering.  Before you go accusing others, try a little understanding and compassion first.

As always, thanks for reading.

How kicking a trash can became criminal for a 6th grader

http://www.pri.org/stories/2015-04-10/how-kicking-trash-can-became-criminal-6th-grader?src=longreads

Diagnosed as autistic, the sixth-grader was being scolded for misbehavior one day and kicked a trash can at Linkhorne Middle School in Lynchburg, Virginia, in the Blue Ridge Mountains. A police officer assigned to the school witnessed the tantrum, and filed a disorderly conduct charge against the sixth grader in juvenile court.

Just weeks later, in November, Kayleb, who is African-American, disobeyed a new rule — this one just for him — that he wait while other kids left class. The principal sent the same school officer to get him.

“He grabbed me and tried to take me to the office,” said Kayleb, a small, bespectacled boy who enjoys science. “I started pushing him away. He slammed me down, and then he handcuffed me.” …

Stacey Doss, Kayleb’s mother and the daughter of a police officer herself, was outraged. Educators stood by, she said, while the cop took her son in handcuffs to juvenile court. The officer filed a second misdemeanor disorderly conduct complaint. And he also submitted another charge, a very grown-up charge for a very small boy: felony assault on a police officer. That charge was filed, Doss said the officer told her, because Kayleb “fought back.”

“I thought in my mind — Kayleb is 11,” Doss said. “He is autistic. He doesn’t fully understand how to differentiate the roles of certain people.”

To Doss’ shock, a Lynchburg juvenile court judge found Kayleb guilty of all those charges in early April, which could prove life-altering…

Doss said the judge had a deputy show him a cell, and told him if he gets into trouble again he could go straight to youth detention.

“He said that Kayleb had been handled with kid gloves. And that he understood that Kayleb had special needs, but that he needed to ‘man up,’ that he needed to behave better,” Doss said. “And that he needed to start controlling himself or that eventually they would start controlling him.”

But certain schools continue to allow police who patrol their hallways to serve as de facto disciplinarians, with arrest powers, for all manner of indiscretions that a generation ago would almost certainly have been handled by teachers or principals…

More than half the students sent to court were black, even though black students are only 26 percent of enrollment.  And almost half of the students issued criminal complaints were children 14 or younger…  Chesterfield mother Lelia Grant argues that schools and police are prematurely treating kids like criminals.

When I went to school, I don’t ever remember seeing a police officer on the grounds.  It’s no wonder that kids today are suffering from more mental illnesses — traumas like this are creating a whole generation of kids that suffer from PTSD, depression, and addiction.  Why are parents putting up with this?  For safety reasons?  Don’t they realize the long-term harm it’s doing?

U.S. Department of Education data shows that in most states black, Latino and special-needs (disabled) students get referred to police and courts disproportionately. The volume of referrals from schools is fueling arguments that zero tolerance policies and school policing are creating a “school-to-prison pipeline” by criminalizing behavior better dealt with outside courts. The Center for Public Integrity ranked states by their rate of referral for every 1,000 students.

The drug war has now permeated our schools.  We know that the drug war is mostly about race, and that even though whites use drugs more than people of color, our prisons are full of blacks and Latinos.  These statistics show that this war also includes the disabled.  And New Mexico is #11 on this list, another mark against this state.

Retired Cops Call For Drug Policy Changes

http://www.pharmaciststeve.com/?p=10090

They suggest that while the eyes of the world have been largely averted, America’s ‘war on drugs’ has moved to a new phase of cynicism and amorality, in which the loss of human life has lost all importance — especially if the victims are Hispanic.” …

The current approach, which aims to reduce drug consumption by interdiction makes the DEA the most ubiquitous U.S. law enforcement agency abroad. Over 800 DEA agents are stationed around the world, with many of those agents in Latin American countries. There’s evidence that they are disliked by both local law enforcement and citizens, especially in Latin America. Colombian police were responsible for reporting the prostitution scandal, as well as allegations that various agent were receiving bribes from drug cartel leaders: watches, guns, and cash.

Bolivian banned the DEA from it’s borders, partly because of it’s generally bad relationship but also due to riots by local coca farmers. Venezuela kicked out the DEA for it’s spying (along with general anti-American sentiment)…

Soon To Bloom

“How does the Meadow flower its bloom unfold? Because the lovely little flower is free down to its root, and in that freedom bold.”  William Wordsworth

“Change is a continuous process. You cannot assess it with the static yardstick of a limited time frame. When a seed is sown into the ground, you cannot immediately see the plant. You have to be patient. With time, it grows into a large tree. And then the flowers bloom, and only then can the fruits be plucked.”  Mamata Banerjee

“I like the immediacy of blogs and the democratizing effects of letting millions of voices bloom on the Web.”  Jill Abramson

“There are souls which fall from heaven like flowers, but ere they bloom are crushed under the foul tread of some brutal hoof.”  Jean Paul

Denied Medication by NYPD, Epileptic Man Has Two Seizures in Custody

http://www.pharmaciststeve.com/?p=10093

New York Police Department officers repeatedly denied an epileptic man his medication while detaining him in a holding cell, resulting in two seizures and hospitalizations before he could be taken to Brooklyn central booking more than a day later, a new federal lawsuit alleges. The man was never charged with a crime.

The 26-hour ordeal began shortly after Ronaile Elianor was discharged from the hospital for an epileptic seizure, he claims. At about 1 p.m. on March 18, while traveling in a friend’s car to pick up his prescribed anticonvulsant medication, an unmarked NYPD sedan pulled over their vehicle. Two officers said they saw smoke coming out of the car windows, and asked the men to get out of the car…

“They see the pills and they started making jokes and stuff,” Elianor tells Newsweek. “They say, ‘Oh, he’s a barber. Are you sure these are not drugs and you use these scissors to cut them up?’ And I’m like, ‘No.’” …