40,000 suicides a year and no epidemic here .. only some lives really matter

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I have a large LCD TV sitting on my desk my laptop and last night as the NBC national news went off, I had not had taken the time to look at the TIVO guide as to what is coming on at 7 PM. Saturday night at 7 PM is not normally have much of anything worth watching. Up pops a ONE HOUR special by one of the local anchors about SUICIDE AWARENESS. The above two clips are from the special.. I have been in contact with the reporter trying to get to be able to embed the entire hour on my blog. 112 suicides A DAY… 22 of those being veterans… and we are spending 51 billion on trying to keep 43 OD deaths and we don’t really don’t know how many of those are actual suicides using medications , alcohol and/or other substances. Here is another report from the same stationwave3.com-Louisville News, Weather

 

http://www.wave3.com/clip/11872140/louisville-on-pace-for-most-suicides-in-five-years

where parent basically caught a community back lash because they started to publicly speak about their teenage daughter committing suicide.

I have exchanged a couple of emails from the reporter from this station and according to her.. it was a “FIGHT” to get the station manager to allow this one hour special to happen, but I sense … she is not done with this issue and from her emails.. she is aware of the issue of mental health, substance abuse and chronic pain issues that our country has and refuses to deal with..

Those we chronic pain are twice as likely to commit suicide.. everyone needs to become more seriously about admitting when relatives commits suicide.. what if it came to light that > 50% of the deaths that the DEA/CDC counts as OD’s was actually suicides because the pt was denied adequate pain management because of the DEA activity and/or the CDC’s protocols or guidelines on pain management.

100 K lawsuit over suffered loss of sleep and feelings of racial stigmatization

Black customer forced to prepay for meal files $100K discrimination lawsuit

http://www.foxnews.com/leisure/2015/10/30/black-customer-forced-to-prepay-for-meal-files-100k-discrimination-lawsuit/?intcmp=hpff

An African American man who says he was asked to pay for his meal before dining at a Washington state restaurant—unlike white diners around him– has filed a $100,000 discrimination suit against the chain.

Brian Eason, a real estate agent who also serves as a deputy with the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office, went to the Vancouver, Wash. location of Elmer’s—a pacific Northwest chain of diners—on Dec. 16, 2014, reports The Oregonian.

After ordering from the waitress, she “demanded that he prepay for his meal,” according to the lawsuit.

“I was kind of curious about it and said ‘Well, is that new?’ And she said ‘Yes, we had a few walk-aways and my boss asked me to ask for prepayment,” Eason told The Oregonian on Wednesday.

At first, Eason says he was unphased but when he ordered another drink and was again asked to pay, he began to question the policy.

“I said ‘This is kind of odd that I have to prepay every time I order my food and drink,'” Eason recounted. “

 The waitress, who has not been named, reportedly replied , ‘I think it’s discrimination and my boss is here, and she’s forcing me to have me do this.'” The lawsuit says that the waitress acknowledged the policy was “racist.”

Eason says his server was apologetic and he ended up leaving her a tip and a $10 Starbucks gift card. He left Elmer’s but shortly returned after thinking about the waitress’s comments.

Back at the restaurant, Eason asked two white diners if they had been required to pay upfront before receiving their food and was told that they had not.

After the incident, Eason debated about whether to pursue legal action but after many sleepless nights, he says his family persuaded him it was the right thing to do.

“My office is right down the street there,” Eason said. “It’s a constant reminder of ‘They don’t want me in there.'”

On Tuesday, Eason filed a lawsuit in the circuit court of the State of Oregon, Multnomah Count, accusing Elmer’s of engaging in discriminatory practices.  He is seeking $100,000 in damages due to the fact that he has “suffered loss of sleep and feelings of racial stigmatization” over the incident.

Elmer’s, a Portland based chain, is owned and operated by Karsan which is named as one of the defendants. A representative for Karsan says they are “actively looking” into the incident but would not comment further due to pending litigation.

Jill Ramos, Elmer’s director of restaurant support, provided the following statement to The Oregonian: “At Elmer’s, we are proud to provide a welcoming Guest experience to everyone in the communities we serve. We are disappointed to hear about the complaint which occurred at one of our franchise-operated restaurants.”

 

Pharmacists, law enforcement discuss Indiana’s opiate crisis – just talk… no action ?


Pharmacists, law enforcement discuss Indiana’s opiate crisis

http://wishtv.com/2015/10/29/pharmacists-law-enforcement-discuss-indianas-opiate-crisis/

It would appear that Tamara Watson (narcotics investigator) doesn’t know the difference between Morphine – which doesn’t come in a 80 mg strength- and Oxycodone which comes in a tamper resistant 80 mg dose.. and is worth abt $1/mg on the street. Notice that they state that Heroin abuser first abused Rx opiates… it does not say that they were prescribed those Rx opiates or if they stole them or bought them on the street.

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Indiana continues to lead the nation in pharmacy robberies. At last check, Indianapolis had experienced more than 150 pharmacy robberies as of mid-October of this year, a statistic that law enforcement officials say points to a larger problem – the demand for more prescription pills on the streets.

It’s an issue I-Team 8 has covered for months. Often time, the crimes involved very similar scenarios – suspects would most often use a threatening note implying that they had a weapon and then make off with thousands of dollars worth of prescription pain medications. The demand on the black market is high, according to Tamara Watson with Indiana State Police. As a narcotics investigator, Watson says the business model of running a black-market drug operation is “hard to argue with.”

“If you can get a prescription from a doctor, it’s a co-pay. (It’s enough) for you to have enough to make a car payment, a house payment and buy groceries for the month,” she said. “One morphine pill 80mg, can go from $80 to $100 on the street so when you have a physician that is going to prescribe someone a 30-day supply of morphine, 80 mg, they take that every four to six hours a day, add up.

Watson was among more than 800 law enforcement, physicians, pharmacists or other stakeholders who take part in a two-day anti-drug symposium put on by Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller’s office.

“You are very likely to be involved in a pharmacy robbery in the state of Indiana. If you are a pharmacist, that risk is high,” said Tamara Watson with Indiana State Police. “I know that all pharmacists that I have dealt with are concerned about a repeat. Once you’ve been robbed once that individual is likely to come back and visit you again,” she added.

While pharmacy robberies weren’t the main topic discussed during a panel session Thursday morning, there were other concerns about Indiana’s heroin and opiate epidemic. Among them, there is increased concerns and complexity when it comes to physicians and pharmacists being able to strike a balance with prescribing pain medications.

Members that attended the morning session shared stories about patients who couldn’t get refills or others who said there is the potential for non-drug abusers be “red-flagged” if they receive prescriptions from more than 10 prescribers within a 60-day period. In Indiana, that automatically flags a person as a potential “person of interest.”

“A little bit of the discussion today has been the difficulty in transitioning to some of these steps that the physicians have to take,” Watson said. “The problem is if you have four to five doctors in one location and you get a different prescriber each time, that actually shows up that you’ve had more than one prescriber when in actuality you’ve gone to the same facility even though you’ve just received a prescription from more than one provider.”

When asked if that’s happening, Watson said: “There is that potential. It’s not a perfect system. (INSPECT) is an excellent tool. what are hoping happens is that the pharmacist will double check with the physician in an attempt to resolve that issue.”

Later in the day, Zoeller announced a new grant program to fund a surge in naloxone distribution, with the goal of ensuring all first responders are equipped with the life-saving treatment and trained to administer it. Naloxone – or Narcan – is an antidote often used to reverse the effects of a heroin or opiate overdose.

According to a 2015 Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) report, the number of heroin overdoses in Indiana more than doubled from 2011 to 2013. Three out of four new heroin users report having abused prescription opioids prior to using heroin, according to a statement from Zoeller’s office.

Political hypocrisy ?

hypocracy

Chris Christie dismisses the issue of gambling and addiction but.. in other statements .. he has stated that if he becomes President he would reset the WAR ON DRUGS back to the 70’s… that is not a good thing…

I am not for or against Christie nor any of the other 200 candidates that are running for President

 

Some lives do matter… but the media seems to be very selective as to which ones ?

VW emissions cheat estimated to cause 59 premature US deaths

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/oct/29/vw-emissions-estimated-to-cause-59-premature-us-deaths?CMP=ema_565b

nearly 500,000 VW diesel cars with “rigged” pollution software.. will kill as many people by the end of 2016 … that mental health depression suicides causes in abt 12 HOURS.. do some lives really not matter ?

Nearly 60 people will die prematurely from the excess air pollution caused by Volkswagen cheating emissions tests in the US, according to a new study.

The first peer-reviewed estimate of the public health impacts of VW’s rigging of tests for 482,000 diesel cars in the US found that if the company recalls all the affected cars by the end of 2016, more than 130 further early deaths could be avoided.

The study, published in the journal Environmental Research Letters on Thursday, concluded that most of the 59 premature deaths were caused by particulate pollution (87%) with the rest caused by ozone exposure (13%). Most of the deaths were estimated to have occurred on the east and west coasts of the US.

The number of deaths was reached by looking at the amount of extra pollution emitted between 2008 and 2015 by the VW cars fitted with the defeat devices.

Particulate and ozone air pollution in the US was estimated by the Environmental Protection Agency to cause around 164,300 premature deaths in 2010. Diesels still make up a relatively small share of the US car fleet.

Distribution of estimated actual excess VW light duty diesel vehicle NOx emissions summed over 2008 through 2015 (kg km−2). The median value of emissions is used for each year.
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Distribution of estimated actual excess VW light duty diesel vehicle NOx emissions summed over 2008 through 2015 (kg km−2). The median value of emissions is used for each year. Emission density peaks at 446 kg km−2 Photograph: Barrett et al

As well as the early deaths, the researchers estimated that the extra pollution from VW’s cars caused around 31 cases of chronic bronchitis, 34 hospital admissions for respiratory and cardiac issues, and 120,000 days when people had to restrict their physical activity as a result. The economic cost of the health impacts was put at $910m.

Air quality expert Dr Gary Fuller, of King’s College London, said the research was a good assessment of the health impacts but it should not be assumed that the numbers could be extrapolated for other parts of the world, such as the UK.

“The very small number of diesels in the US, and the density of European cities means people are much more exposed to traffic emissions [in Europe] than in the US,” he said. He added that the study may have underestimated the total number of premature deaths because it did not consider the direct impact of the toxic gas nitrogen dioxide.

Daniel Kammen, the journal’s editor-in-chief and professor of energy at the University of California at Berkeley, who did not work on the study, said it was a “rigorous evaluation” of “potentially exceeding serious” impacts.

The study assumed the cars travelled 40.5bn km between 2008 and 2015, resulting in excess NOx emissions of 36.7m kg because of the cheating of emissions tests.

VW has admitted that around 11m cars have been affected by the rigging worldwide, with 1.2m in the UK. It emerged early this week that the UK government has only one £100,000 machine able to test real-world emissions.

Dr Penny Woods, chief executive of the British Lung Foundation, said: “The VW emissions scandal is only the tip of the iceberg. Many cars that genuinely meet emissions standards in the lab actually produce much higher levels of emissions when used in the real world. It is clear, therefore, that we need a commitment to routine, independent real-world testing on all cars.”

On Wednesday, carmakers in Europe won a one-year delay to such real-world tests, despite the VW revelations.