What it would be like for pain patients to lobby Congress

To see 9/11 responders begging politicians for help is beyond sad. And while I think pain patients need to advocate in the same way, I can’t help thinking how very soul-crushing it would be to do this kind of work.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/jon-stewart-911-bill_5667246be4b08e945ff12995

“Do you have anything we can take for governmental inaction? Is there a pill for that?”  Jon Stewart

“Is there a pill for governmental over-reaction?”  Pain patients everywhere

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The power of music

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/adele-is-the-patron-saint-of-breakups-and-flawless-eyeliner_5665d082e4b072e9d1c6deec

In the post, which is currently going viral, Stephanie Pope, a 37-year-old woman from Northern Ireland, shares how a night back in 2011 spent drunkenly singing along to Adele’s “Someone Like You” made her realize she deserved so much better than her ex-fiancé…

Greenpeace Says Fossil Fuel Industry Misleads On Climate Science

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/undercover-greenpeace-investigation-climate-change_5667464ee4b080eddf55ece1

Greenpeace UK took an unconventional approach to the research: Members of the environmentalist group posed as representatives of fake oil and coal companies and asked two climate change skeptics to write papers promoting the benefits of carbon dioxide and coal in developing countries. The two academics the group approached — Frank Clemente of Pennsylvania State University and William Happer of Princeton University — reportedly agreed to pen the reports and not to reveal their funding source…

I can’t wait to read headlines like this:

Influential Pain Patient Group Proves Federal Government – DEA, NIDA, CDC — and Addiction Industry Lie About Opioid Science

Class Action Lawsuit By Pain Patients Asking for Billions of Dollars

Veteran’s Family Wins Lawsuit Against DEA for Suicide Due to Refusal to Treat Chronic Pain

Guns, guns, everywhere…

http://www.people.com/article/7-year-old-michigan-girl-mom-shot-soccer-practice

A 7-year-old Michigan girl with “a bright future ahead” is dead and her mother is in serious condition after police allege that a family friend shot them both and then himself after soccer practice Thursday night.

Emma Watson Nowling was shot in the head in the parking lot of the Taylor Sportsplex and died later the same night…  Her mother, 37-year-old Sharon Elizabeth Watson, remains in serious condition at an area hospital, according to the statement…

http://www.oregonlive.com/living/index.ssf/2013/05/why_oregons_suicide_rate_is_am.html

In 2011, most Oregon firearm deaths were suicides (76 percent)…

http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2015/01/2014_marked_by_high_number_of.html

In Portland, three women were killed by their husbands or ex-husbands who then turned the gun on themselves. One was Maria Soumphonpackdy, 42, shot dead two days after she filed for divorce and a restraining order against her husband… Nicolette Elias, 46, was killed by her ex-husband in her home after she got restraining and stalking orders against him and he agreed in court to limited supervised visits with their two daughters. One Portland father shot his 4-year-old daughter and then killed himself…

November marked the deadliest month in Oregon for domestic violence homicides: Seven women were killed in five counties. Two of the suspects killed themselves. At least three of the deaths occurred in a home with children present. Five involved firearms, according to testimony before state lawmakers last month…

Thinking of you, Rachel Hoffman

And Andrew Sadek

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Stories like this make me cry…

http://www.pharmaciststeve.com/?p=12795

http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/confidential-informants-part-1/

They shot her five times when they found the wire in her purse, and dumped her body in a ditch 50 miles away…

“And at that point, we’re not catching criminals, we’re creating criminals.”