Law Change to Expand Law Enforcement Access to PDMP

LITTLE ROCK, AR – A change to the law during the most recent legislative session will expand access of the state prescription drug monitoring program to certified law enforcement without a search warrant in an effort, supporters say, to curb rising problems with prescription drug abuse…


Up above and down below
in heaven and in hell
there is nothing more sacred
than chocolate and caramel

The angels, elves and others
toil every single day
making sugar, cream and butter
all of them quite gay

Then it’s all sent down South
where the flames are hot enough
to caramelize to perfection
I’m not making this up

Which means god and the devil
are on the same level
they both work for her
Mrs. Russell Stover

Remembering Past Sunrises

Summer in New Mexico usually means less clouds, and sunrise this morning was no exception. But that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy this sunrise from May 15th.  🙂

It will be about 90 degrees today, but we’re expecting clouds tomorrow, and maybe some rain on Friday.  But I’m out of food, so I’m gonna have to venture out into the heat today. I guess it’s time to roll out the antiperspirant, which has been gathering dust during the winter and spring months.

Access to Telemedicine — not for pain patients

Founded in 2002, Teladoc describes itself as one of the first and largest U.S. telemedicine services, with a network of about 700 doctors and 11 million patients nationwide. About 2.4 million patients are in Texas.  Telemedicine is the increasingly common practice of conducting diagnosis and treatment, including prescribing drugs, remotely using phones or interactive video.

In April the Texas Medical Board, which regulates the practice of medicine in the state, adopted a new rule requiring doctors to meet their patients face-to-face before prescribing drugs. The rule was to take effect this week.

Teladoc sued the board, claiming that the rule violated the federal Sherman Act, an antitrust law that prohibits unreasonable restraint of trade.  In Friday’s order, U.S. District Judge Robert Pitman said Teladoc had shown it was likely to succeed in its lawsuit. His order stops the rule from taking effect while the case is pending…

Even though pain patients need services like telemedicine, because of the DEA, they don’t have access to them.  This is what’s called discrimination.

Patients scramble after CVS says it will no longer fill group’s controlled drug prescriptions

Patients of the Trinity Alps Medical Group are scrambling after the CVS Pharmacy in Weaverville announced it will no longer fill any controlled drug prescriptions for patients of the group. The decision affects patients of Dr. Stemple, physician’s assistant Julie Eaker and nurse practitioner Vanessa DeMoss. It does not affect those of Surgeon Daniel Harwood who works out of the same building.

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(3/2/2015) When Health Care Is Far From Home

It’s time for the weekly trip to the clinic in Mad River, about 30 miles down a winding mountain road near the Trinity Alps. The tight twists and turns are hard on the stomach, but even harder on the joints — especially if you have chronic Lyme disease, as more than a few of these riders do…

Like so many isolated American towns, Hayfork has lost its vitality and much of its youth to bigger places. For all its tree-lined ridges and breathtaking views, Hayfork is well beyond the tourists’ byways — more than an hour from the city of Eureka on the west and Redding on the east. It’s a 45-minute drive just to Weaverville, the tiny Trinity County seat…

The Mad River clinic isn’t an ideal alternative. It’s bigger than Hayfork’s and offers a wider array of services but it’s still staffed mostly by physician’s assistants and about an hour away by bus. It’s so backed up with patients it can take weeks to get an appointment, Clarke says…  What’s ailing these people is geography – that, and poverty…

Specialists like dentists and psychiatrists are nearly non-existent here. That lack of specialty care – particularly in mental health – wears on some residents. Stormy Clarke says that when she feels a panic attack or depression coming on, she simply tries to breathe deeply and distract herself by keeping busy. She also has a medical marijuana card and smokes regularly…

From now on, Hayforkers will have to get a ride to Owens Pharmacy in Weaverville or to Walmart or CVS in Redding. It took only a few days to board up a drug store open for 32 years...

‘God Loves Gays’ Billboard Placed In Orem, Utah

“Mormons still think that Heavenly Father hates gay people, which is FALSE!” exclaimed the LORD. “I’m placing these billboards in Utah to set the record straight on the subject, now and forever. GOD LOVES GAYS. And I’m totally cool with their lifestyle too. Why else would I make so many wonderful gay Mormons?”