It’s the Wild West in West Virginia

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/02/23/don-radcliff-pharmacist-shoots-robber-_n_6735420.html

Terry Gillenwater, 25

Prosecutors said Gillenwater likely intended to rob the store of prescription medication, based on his iPhone search history, according to the West Virginia Metro News. Documents obtained by the paper showed Gillenwater had pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute OxyContin in December. He’d been allowed to enter a drug rehab program and have those charges dropped if he completed it…

pharmacist Don Radcliff

As Radcliff tried to stop the bleeding from Gillenwater’s chest, the pharmacist said, “Why did you make me do this?” and “I didn’t mean to do this,” according to other pharmacy employees who were there.

Thanks DEA, ya’ll are doing a great job.

Antonio Zambrano-Montes’ Death Isn’t The First ‘Ferguson Moment’ For Latinos

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/02/20/antonio-zambrano-montes_n_6714466.html

José Antonio Elena Rodríguez

Joel Acevedo

Manuel Angel Diaz

David Silva

Andy Lopez

Reynaldo Cuevas

José Alfredo Yañez Reyes

Anastacio Hernández-Rojas

While the DEA/law enforcement kills the men in these communities, the women and children are left to suffer in pain and silence… this is what war looks like.

New rules on narcotic painkillers cause grief for veterans and VA

http://www.pharmaciststeve.com/?p=9279

But after the DEA regulations were put in place, he was unable to get an appointment to see his doctor for nearly five months, [Craig] Schroeder said. He stayed in bed at his home in North Carolina much of that time…

His wife, Stephanie Schroeder, said getting him a VA appointment turned into a part-time job and her “main mission in life.” While part of the problem was a shortage of doctors, she said she also noticed that VA had become hostile toward patients who asked for painkillers.

“Suddenly, the VA treats people on pain meds like the new lepers,” she said. “It feels like they told us for years to take these drugs, didn’t offer us any other ideas and now we’re suddenly demonized, second-class citizens.”

The agency recently set up a Choice Card program for veterans, which would allow those facing long wait lists or who live more than 40 miles away from a VA hospital to use private clinic visits. Veterans say the initiative is complicated and confusing. VA officials acknowledged this month that veterans have been using this program at a lower rate than anticipated…

As part of a $21.7 million initiative with the National Institutes of Health, VA is looking for therapies that could substitute for opioids…

Yeah, perhaps the NIH and the VA should have started this initiative BEFORE the DEA began its war on pain patients.

But Andrew Kolodny, president of Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing, called the new DEA rules “the single most important change that could happen. The best way to treat any disease, whether it’s Ebola or opioid addiction, is to stop creating more people with the disease.

This is “the single most important change that could happen” — for doctors who treat addiction ($$$$$). And the best way to stop chronic pain is to aggressively treat acute and severe pain before it becomes chronic and intractable.  It’s called prevention, although Kolodny appears unfamiliar with that term.  Perhaps because he knows nothing about pain management. After all, if you successfully prevent addiction, Kolodny (and Jennifer Weiss) would be out of work.

But no, the DEA, PFROP, and the medical industry would prefer to see people suffer.  When in fact, they’re just creating more pain patients, drug addicts, and patients on disability. And when all this untreated pain turns into chronic pain, what then?  Massages and acupuncture for everyone?

The disease is the drug war.  Let’s stop creating more people who suffer from this disease.

Police Beating Led To Miscarriage: Lawsuit

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/02/15/police-beating-miscarriage_n_6687536.html

The suit, filed by Kenya Harris, names the City of Albany, Georgia, police chief John Proctor and officers Ryan Jenkins and Richard Brown, Jr., according to Courthouse News.

The suit claims that in May, 2011, Harris came to the Albany Police department after her son was arrested. She waited five hours to pick him up, but then told Jenkins she needed to leave to tend to her other children at home.

Jenkins said if she made that request again he would take her head and “‘put it to the floor.”

When Harris asked again, the suit alleges “Defendant Officer Jenkins, without provocation, grabbed plaintiff, who weighs less than one hundred twenty (120) pounds, by her neck and slammed her to the ground. Plaintiff momentarily blacked out and came to with defendant Officer Jenkins sitting on her back, and with his knee on her arm. Plaintiff was pregnant at the time.”

Andrew Sadek: A Life Lost Over 4.5 Grams

http://www.hightimes.com/read/andrew-sadek-life-lost-over-45-grams

The Sadek tragedy is just the latest case in which someone arrested for a low-level drug crime has met a gruesome end after being forced to become a confidential informant by law enforcement.

Rachel Morningstar Hoffman was a 23-year-old psychology and criminology student at Florida State University when, on February 22, 2007, she was pulled over by police, who found 25 grams of marijuana in her car. On April 17, 2008, a raid on her apartment turned up five ounces of pot and four ecstasy pills… [Obviously, she was set up.]

In 2011, a 19-year-old transgender woman, Shelly Hilliard, was smoking a blunt on the balcony of a Motel 6 in Madison Heights, Michigan. When the cops arrived and searched her room, they discovered a half-ounce of marijuana…

This is the drug war in Georgia

http://www.pharmaciststeve.com/?p=9073

Dr. Achhinder Ohri

http://chronicle.augusta.com/latest-news/2014-09-05/prescription-overdoses-drop-gbi-study

9/5/2014, Prescription overdoses drop in GBI study

In 2013, the GBI found 461 drug overdose deaths were caused by prescription medication, compared with 520 in 2012, 512 in 2011, 560 in 2010, 508 in 2009 and 496 in 2008…

PDMPs appear to be a very expensive way to only slightly reduce the number of drug poisonings.

Of the 461 prescription overdoses in Georgia, alprazolam (for anxiety, Xanax) was responsible for 211 deaths. In addition to alprazolam, three other medications resulted in more than 100 deaths in 2013: Oxycodone 164, hydrocodone 125 and methadone 118…

“Alcohol is a huge contributor to this type of death,” he said. “More times than not, we’ll find a mixture of prescription medication and alcohol.”

http://www.wjbf.com/story/27587846/drug-overdose-leads-to-murder-arrest

12/9/2014, Drug overdose leads to murder arrest

During the investigation, it was determined Rebecca Ipock Nanney unlawfully distributed her personal medication of Fentanyl and Oxycodone to Harris. The autopsy and toxicology report concluded the ingestion of such substances caused his death.

Nanney, 57, of Stokes Road in Greenville was arrested Tuesday at 11:20 a.m. at her home. She is charged with Second Degree Murder – Distribution of drugs – Class B2. Nanney does have a history of trafficking opium or heroin. She is being held under a $1,000,000 bond.

If this person has a history of trafficking opium or heroin, why not tell us what it is?  No, this lady gave (or sold) some of her medication to a friend, and now she’s charged with murder.

A look at Michigan

Cities Where Crime Is Soaring

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/02/07/urban-crime_n_6636522.html

1. Monroe, MI
> 5-year increase in violent crime rate: 159.1%

http://www.miheadlines.com/2014/02/16/heroin-takes-young-life/

2/6/2014, Heroin Takes Another Young Life

Johnny Honeycutt

Click to access Substance_Abuse_Public_Health_Issue_small.pdf

Substance Abuse Issues In Monroe County (May 2014)

A review of drug deaths as presented by Dr. Carl Schmidt, Medical Examiner for Monroe
County reflects an increase in drug related deaths over the past 10 years. Since 2004 Monroe
County has seen a total of 285 drug related deaths with 75 of these related to heroin use, 68
related to methadone use, and 67 related to cocaine use. There are a variety of other drugs
identified such as alcohol alprazolam (Xanax), codeine, diazepam (Valium) and Citalopram
(Celexa, an antidepressant) in relation to death but in lesser numbers…

http://woodtv.com/2014/07/20/michigan-heroin-use-od-deaths-increase/

7/20/2014, Michigan heroin use, OD deaths increase

http://www.mlive.com/news/ann-arbor/index.ssf/2014/10/drug_thefts_at_u-m_hospital_a.html

10/26/2014, Drug thefts at U-M hospital: A nurse’s death, a doctor’s overdose and 16,000 missing pills

The nurse, 29-year-old Carla DelVecchio, died. The doctor, 32-year-old Timothy Sutton, lived and was subsequently convicted of a crime and lost his job…

WTF?

Lindsay and Dina Lohan have sued Fox News Channel and Sean Hannity claiming they were smeared on the network when someone on Hannity’s show claimed LiLo and Dina snorted coke together.  In the lawsuit — obtained by TMZ — there was a discussion about recently deceased celebs, including Philip Seymour Hoffman, regarding celebrity drug use.

The panel was discussing who might die next…

This is getting really scary…

http://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/local/2015/01/21/louisville-pain-doctor-charged-five-deaths/22125443/

1/22/2015, Louisville pain doctor charged in five deaths

Dr. Jaime Guerrero, who has offices in Louisville and Jeffersonville, Ind., was charged in a 32-count indictment with causing the deaths by issuing prescriptions for oxycodone, methadone and hydrocodone for no medical purpose from 2009 through 2012…

One of his patients, Lee Bullock, told WAVE-TV then that Guerrero was treating him for degenerative disc disease and that he thought he was a very good doctor. “He monitors all his patients very close,” he told the station. “He does a lot of drug screens, urine test and pill counts.”

Dan Smoot, chief executive of Operation Unite, an Eastern Kentucky anti-drug organization, said the indictment “sends a message to doctors who … prescribe painkillers without a medical purpose that they are little different than drug traffickers.”

And you, Mr. Smoot, are nothing more than a puppet for the federal government’s failed drug war.

In July, a family medicine doctor in Tompkinsville was indicted and charged with causing a patient’s death by prescribing medicines outside the course of her medical practice. Dr. Clella Louise Hayes, 39, who pleaded not guilty, surrendered her license to prescribe controlled substances. No trial date has been set…

Balderas Releases Audit, Says Attack Fraud Without Harming Citizens

http://kunm.org/post/balderas-releases-audit-says-attack-fraud-without-harming-citizens

My comment:

“HSD said they’re deeply concerned with Medicaid funds being wasted or stolen.”

Maybe, just maybe, if HSD would show more concern for human beings instead of dollar signs, the APD wouldn’t be killing so many mentally ill people.

Rest in peace: James Boyd, Alan Gomez, Jacob Mitschelen, Kenneth Ellis III, Christopher Torres, Desiree Gonzales, and all the others whose names haven’t been published.

When Cops Break Bad: Inside a Police Force Gone Wild

http://www.rollingstone.com/culture/features/when-cops-break-bad-albuquerque-police-force-gone-wild-20150129

After Detective Trey Economidy shot Jacob Mitschelen, 29, during a traffic- stop in 2011… Media scrutiny of the incident turned up other troubling indicators of the culture within the APD: On his Facebook profile, Economidy listed his profession as “human waste disposal.” Economidy wasn’t alone in his sentiments. The same year, APD Detective Pete Dwyer listed his profession on MySpace as “oxygen thief removal technician.”

Early in his career, Costales says, he agreed to write a report saying that another officer had injured his ankle while chasing a suspect, not while kicking the suspect mercilessly in the ribs once he’d caught him…

One of the first was Kenneth Ellis III, a decorated 25-year-old veteran of the Iraq War who was suffering from PTSD and had been kicked out of his Veterans Affairs treatment program…

James Boyd

Alan Gomez

Jacob Mitschelen

Kenneth Ellis III

Christopher Torres