A solution in search of a problem

http://www.chieftain.com/business/5198021-120/marijuana-colorado-pot-candy

A requirement that edible marijuana products come with a diamond-shaped stamp and the letters T-H-C — not just on the packaging but on the brownies, candies and other edibles themselves — takes effect Saturday…

The stamping requirement comes in addition to exhaustive labeling and packaging rules that include childproof zippers and lids, along with warnings that the product should be kept away from children and not eaten before driving or while pregnant or nursing.

“We want to ensure that people genuinely know the difference between a Duncan Hines brownie and a marijuana brownie, just by looking at it,” said state Rep. Jonathan Singer, a Democrat who sponsored the law requiring stamped edibles…

Marijuana ingestions remained relatively rare, though, with the hospital reporting 81 children treated for accidental pot ingestion between 2009 and 2015…

My comment (awaiting moderation):

Since cosmetics, personal care products, and cleaning substances are the most common substances implicated in pediatric poison exposures, it’s now time for each of these products to be stamped with a similar label, along with every pill produced by Big Pharma. Because it’s been proven that kids always pay attention to labels.

The difference between a cannabis brownie and one from Duncan Hines? The cost. Anyone who buys an edible is very aware of how much it costs and will not pass it around like candy. If they can afford to do that, I’d like to be their friend.

Mr. Singer, how much of your political funding comes from the alcohol and prison industries or Big Pharma? Why would you sponsor and pass such a nonsensical regulation?

http://www.poison.org/poison-statistics-national

Facebook comments that disappear

I use Facebook to make comments, but I’m not that familiar with how the software works. When I made a comment on this Consumer Affairs article through my Facebook account, I expected it to show up in my activity log. But my comment was deleted by Consumer Affairs, so it doesn’t appear in my Facebook account. (I guess everybody hates — and prefers to silence — a critic.)

That doesn’t seem right, but I guess it’s just another reason to dislike Facebook. After all, why would I want to use the same blogging platform as Mark Zuckerberg?

https://www.consumeraffairs.com/news/study-most-patients-getting-opioids-have-leftover-pills-061516.html

My censored comment:

Most deaths related to an opioid overdose are due to a combination of drugs, not just the opioid. If Consumer Affairs would like to see responsible reporting on the drug war, here’s one (lonely) example:

http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/commentisfree/2016/jun/08/opioid-epidemic-drug-mix-overdose-death

“Opioid use on its own is not dangerous, and it’s time we stop demonizing it.”

New York (with Bloomberg at the helm) is the poster state for how not to fight the drug war. That state (with help from Kolodny and PFROP) has been at the forefront of restricting access to prescription pain medications and increasing the amount of addiction clinics (along with the use of drugs like methadone, bupe, and Narcan).

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/11/new-victims-in-the-war-on_n_2455917.html

And look where New York is at now — they’ve gone from bad to worse.

This study is a day late and a dollar short. The problems with diversion aren’t being caused by patients anymore, and it was only a small percentage of patients who were responsible for diversion anyway. If Consumer Affairs is going to “report” on the drug war, it should include other stories about diversion, like from DEA agents, pharmacies, hospitals, and nurses. The longer the medical industry blames patients, the more guilty it looks.

CNN sucks

Tue, Jun 7, 2016 9:18 pm
To: Carrie.Stevenson@turner.com, Desiree.Adib@turner.com
Re: I don’t watch CNN because…

Dear Ms. Stevenson and Ms. Adib:

The CNN broadcast of an Anderson Cooper interview on the prescription opioid/heroin “epidemic” is just one example of why I don’t watch CNN. Tell me, how are your viewership statistics? Let’s ask the internet, shall we?

http://www.journalism.org/2015/04/29/cable-news-fact-sheet/

Do ya’ll think that CNN will be remembered for championing the drug war? For being on the wrong side of history?

As a 30-year intractable pain survivor, if I thought CNN really wanted to hear and report on the side of pain patients, I would include a link to my blog. But just like your corporation couldn’t be bothered to find the truth, I can’t be bothered to watch lies.

Johnna Stahl
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Censoring the comments of pain patients

http://www.salem-news.com/articles/may172016/stigma-opioid-epidemic-ms.php

By:  Marianne Skolek-Perez, Salem-News.com “Investigative Reporter”

(MYRTLE BEACH, S.C.) – This past week CNN broadcast an Anderson Cooper interview on the prescription opioid/heroin epidemic at a Town Hall Meeting.

CNN has been accused by the U.S. Pain Foundation, a lobbying group for pharma in catering to the needs of chronic pain patients in their use of long term opioids, at stigmatizing the pain patients…

Mr. Gileno charged that a woman in the audience named Kay Sanford was the only person with pain — and on prescription opioids for “25 years” given the opportunity to speak. He was appalled that Ms. Sanford was interrupted by both Anderson Cooper and Dr. Drew Pinsky during the broadcast and were dismissive of her pain journey.

Gileno further stated that those on the CNN panel “had the audacity to say her story was the minority.” I recall that Ms. Sanford proudly stated that she walked a mile and a half three times a week and swims even while taking prescription opioids for her chronic pain condition — for 25 years.

Strange though that people in attendance at the broadcast watched as Ms. Sanford was assisted to be seated and subsequently assisted from her seat after the broadcast.

Yet she is a walker of 1-1/2 miles and swims? …

Do you know what matters Mr. Gileno?

It is that we are losing a generation of young people to the prescription opioid epidemic now leading to soaring heroin usage. Stigma of the chronic pain patients? Give me a break…

This country has an over abundance of opioids prescribed to pain patients — many long term who are addicted — hook, line and sinker. The stigma is that your foundation is funded by the pharmaceutical industry and pharma controls the FDA. Thereby, the approval of so many dangerous and addictive opioids being prescribed not only to your “pain patients”, but to young people, Addiction is the culprit.

Notice I don’t use the word “dependent” and I won’t. As long as the U.S. Pain Foundation “advocates” for pain patients and their long-term use of opioids, the addiction and death toll will rage out of control…

CNN and other news media need to keep this epidemic in the forefront. Lives depend upon it.

Email addresses for the CNN producers are: Carrie.Stevenson@turner.com & Desiree.Adib@turner.com

On February 17, 2015 I wrote an article asking why an advocate/official of the U.S. Pain Foundation was allowed to perform antics during hearings on the Senate floor, lying on a yoga mat, while giving testimony about chronic pain.

Why the yoga mat though? Well it seems the senators conducting the hearings allowed her to lay on the Senate floor on her yoga mat and testify using a hand held microphone because in the 1990’s, she sustained an injury.

Bizarre? No it is shame on the senators during these legislative hearings in allowing this disrespect for the tens of thousands of families who suffer pain in the loss of loved ones — and they do not use theatrics in total disrespect for this health crisis…

All comments and messages are approved by people and self promotional links or unacceptable comments are denied.

My comments, all of which have been censored on this website:

Comment #1:

As a 30-year intractable pain survivor, I can’t add anything to this comment section that hasn’t already been said. Instead, I’ll share some poems that I’ve written, words that I think about every single day.

Please kill me
Just kill me now
I’ve suffered enough
and how

Suffering
shuddering
pain roaring
thundering
overpowering
head hammering
eyes watering
thoughts scattering
body lumbering
no glimmering
time shuttering
heart hardening
life guttering
bad thoughts whispering
pain is poisoning

I can easily
picture myself
on my deathbed
denied pain relief
denied dignity
Frightening

https://painkills2.wordpress.com/2015/12/27/uncontrolled-pain/

Comment #2:

How long does it take for you to approve comments?

Comment #3:

I absolutely abhor censorship, especially when it’s done out of selfishness.

Last comment:

When fear causes you to censor my words, you steal my voice. When you steal my voice, you silence me. That’s what you think will happen, but it’s not true. Because when you have your own blog, with terms searchable through Google, your voice can reach whoever’s listening.

Craig’s List is unsafe for women

Yes, I troll Craig’s List for posts about cannabis, but they are few and far between. I would even call them very rare. What you will mostly find on Craig’s List is people (and prostitutes) seeking sex. Seriously, I’ve never seen so many dick pics in one place.

Lately, I’ve been posting ads on Craig’s List warning women about the men I’ve had contact with through that site. Although Craig’s List has no problem with all the disgusting ads posted on its website (including posts about rape and underage sex), it has begun to censor my warnings to other women. I think this is wrong and discriminatory, but it’s not like I can do anything about it.

There are dangerous men on Craig’s List, and I’ve heard from numerous women in response to my warnings who agree with me. If you’re seeking anything on Craig’s List, please be very, very careful, especially if you’re a woman.

If the drug war was over, I wouldn’t have to stoop to things like this. Thanks, DEA.

CDC Condones Torture

http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMp1515917

(4/21/2016) Reducing the Risks of Relief — The CDC Opioid-Prescribing Guideline

By Thomas R. Frieden, M.D., M.P.H., and Debra Houry, M.D., M.P.H.

My comment:

Where are the studies that show there’s a difference between cancer pain and other chronic pain? Why does a cancer patient deserve adequate and affordable treatment, while chronic pain patients are forced to suffer? Because a small percentage (of rich, white patients) may become addicted? Does the CDC contend that dependence and addiction are the same thing?

Mr. Frieden, what the CDC has done (along with the DEA) is legalized torture, the definition of which is to “inflict severe pain on.” (Do you think chronic pain can’t ever be characterized as severe or acute?) Torture is also “the action or practice of inflicting severe pain on someone as a punishment or to force them to do or say something…” (That’s a great definition of the drug war.)

You’re not only punishing chronic pain patients, you are torturing them. Admit it. Admit the blatant discrimination in these “guidelines.” Admit that being an alcoholic does not give you any experience with the treatment of chronic pain.

I am a 30-year intractable pain survivor. The only treatment option I have left is the right to die. Thanks, CDC. (Also posted at painkills2 on WordPress.)

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Update (4/21/2016):

My comment was approved for posting on the CDC’s website, but they removed this language:

“Admit it. Admit the blatant discrimination in these ‘guidelines.’ Admit that being an alcoholic does not give you any experience with the treatment of chronic pain.”