That’s what you get mixing stupidity with gravity.
Gravity gives you headache.
That’s what you get mixing stupidity with gravity.
Gravity gives you headache.
When you are awesome transformer
You are all in one.
A car and the most powerful robot in the Universe.
Breezy, sunny day
Perfect to meet new people
Wanna go for a ride?
Just as Congressman Rep. Brian Higgins (D-New York) address the House, calling for action against the epidemic of prescription drug abuse, sadly no underway in America…
Via some scary statistics from the CDC?
[via CDC] CDC Grand Rounds: Prescription Drug Overdoses — a U.S. Epidemic
In 2007, approximately 27,000 unintentional drug overdose deaths occurred in the United States, one death every 19 minutes. Prescription drug abuse is the fastest growing drug problem in the United States. The increase in unintentional drug overdose death rates in recent years (Figure 1) has been driven by increased use of a class of prescription drugs called opioid analgesics (1). Since 2003, more overdose deaths have involved opioid analgesics than heroin and cocaine combined (Figure 2) (1). In addition, for every unintentional overdose death related to an opioid analgesic, nine persons are admitted for substance abuse treatment (2), 35 visit emergency departments (3), 161 report drug abuse or dependence, and 461 report nonmedical uses of opioid analgesics (4). Implementing strategies that target those persons at greatest risk will require strong coordination and collaboration at the federal, state, local, and tribal levels, as well as engagement of parents, youth influencers, health-care professionals, and policy-makers.
Overall, rates of opioid analgesic misuse and overdose death are highest among men, persons aged 20–64 years, non-Hispanic whites, and poor and rural populations. Persons who have mental illness are overrepresented among both those who are prescribed opioids and those who overdose on them. Further defining populations at greater risk is critical for development and implementation of effective interventions. The two main populations in the United States at risk for prescription drug overdose are the approximately 9 million persons who report long-term medical use of opioids (5), and the roughly 5 million persons who report nonmedical use (i.e., use without a prescription or medical need), in the past month (4). In an attempt to treat patient pain better, practitioners have greatly increased their rate of opioid prescribing over the past decade. Drug distribution through the pharmaceutical supply chain was the equivalent of 96 mg of morphine per person in 1997 and approximately 700 mg per person in 2007, an increase of >600% (6). That 700 mg of morphine per person is enough for everyone in the United States to take a typical 5 mg dose of Vicodin (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) every 4 hours for 3 weeks. Persons who abuse opioids have learned to exploit this new practitioner sensitivity to patient pain, and clinicians struggle to treat patients without overprescribing these drugs.
Among patients who are prescribed opioids, an estimated 80% are prescribed low doses (<100 mg morphine equivalent dose per day) by a single practitioner (7,8), and these patients account for an estimated 20% of all prescription drug overdoses (Figure 3). Another 10% of patients are prescribed high doses (≥100 mg morphine equivalent dose per day) of opioids by single prescribers and account for an estimated 40% of prescription opioid overdoses (9,10). The remaining 10% of patients are of greatest concern. These are patients who seek care from multiple doctors and are prescribed high daily doses, and account for another 40% of opioid overdoses (11). Persons in this third group not only are at high risk for overdose themselves but are likely diverting or providing drugs to others who are using them without prescriptions. In fact, 76% of nonmedical users report getting drugs that had been prescribed to someone else, and only 20% report that they acquired the drug from their own doctor (4). Furthermore, among persons who died of opioid overdoses, a significant proportion did not have a prescription in their records for the opioid that killed them; in West Virginia, Utah, and Ohio, 25%–66% of those who died of pharmaceutical overdoses used opioids originally prescribed to someone else (11–13). These data suggest that prevention of opioid overdose deaths should focus on strategies that target 1) high-dosage medical users and 2) persons who seek care from multiple doctors, receive high doses, and likely are involved in drug diversion. [Read More]
And teh absolutely brilliant minds that work there?
Want to make prescription drugs EASIER to get.
What could go wrong?
(NaturalNews) When it comes to freedom of food choice, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) considers Americans to be too stupid to make their own dietary choices. But when pharmaceuticals are involved, the FDA apparently thinks individuals should be able to completely self-medicate themselves without a prescription, having recently proposed new guidelines that would make it easier than ever for patients to access high-risk prescription drugs without even having to see a doctor.
The Washington Times reports that a new four-page proposal made by the FDA suggests that cholesterol (statins), diabetes, and asthma drugs, among others, be made available over-the-counter (OTC) to patients without a prescription. And what is the reason for this? According to the agency, too many patients are not getting their prescriptions filled, and many would-be patients are not going in to receive the treatments that their medical overlords feel they should be receiving.
The drug industry, in other words, is losing profits because many patients simply are not participating in the health care system as we know it. So to help boost participation, the drug industry’s gatekeeper, the FDA, is working on behalf of Big Pharma to make prescription drugs as easy to access as a candy bar or a pack of gum, even though prescription drugs are typically extremely high-risk and come with severe side effects. [Read More]
Ok, ok, ok, ok, ok….
Quick question, that makes you say “Hmmmmmmm.”
With an epidemic firmly underway, and deaths due to perscription overdoses increasing exponentially….
Who’s side, exactly, do you think the FDA is on – Your side or Big Pharma’s side?
Hint: *whispers* “It’s not yours.”
[via LasVegaSun] Students’ tricks to conceal drugs have gotten more cunning as their choice of illicit vices continues to widen — trends that have school police reaching out to parents for help.
Marijuana, typically the drug king on campus, remains popular among high school students, but authorities said they’re confiscating an increased amount of prescription drugs and recently banned synthetic substances, such as “spice” and “bath salts.”
“It’s a growing issue,” said Lt. Ken Young, spokesman for Clark County School District Police. “Over the last three years, we really started taking notice of students being in possession or under the influence of prescription drugs.”
Since August, there have been 138 cases in district schools involving prescription medications, landing some students in the juvenile detention center for illegal possession of a controlled substance, Young said. Last year, there were 181 cases total, he said.
“We’re probably going to match that number, if not exceed it,” he said. [...]
Outside of school, the growing popularity of “pharm parties” — where teens bring a random assortment of prescription pills, throw them in a bowl and take their pick — worries police, as well.
“The kids really have no idea what they’re taking,” Ufford said. “That’s what makes it so very dangerous.” [Read More]
Firecrackers are dangerous…
When you talk ‘firecrackers’…
They are entertainment that should always be considered with EXTREME caution.
[via MoneyControl]Shivpuri (MP), Apr 28 (PTI) A 12-year-old boy was today killed and seven others, including two women, were injured in an explosion at an illegal firecracker unit in Shivpuri district of Madhya Pradesh, police said. The deceased was identified only as Arjun, Sub-Divisional Officer of Police (SDOP), Sanjay Agrawal, told PTI, adding that the condition of four of the injured is serious. Agrawal said that incident occurred when the victims were working at the factory of one Sayeed Khan at Sirsaud, about 15 kms from here. The injured have been admitted to the district hospital, he said. A case has been registered in the matter and further investigation was on, the SDOP said.[Read More]
And because fireworks are dangerous toys…
Something indeed to be wary of?
Can’t help but find it extremely UNCOMFORTABLE, the fact that just so happens to be how astronomers are referring to the huge ol’ sunspot pointed directly…
[via WUWT] “Firecracker” sunspot turning towards earth
Sunspot AR1476 may have some surprises for us in the coming days, and I hope it isn’t a Carrington type event. It has already launched two CME’s yesterday.
From NASA’s Spaceweather.com: A pair of solar eruptions on May 7th hurled coronal masss ejections (CMEs) toward Earth. Forecast tracks prepared by analysts at the Goddard Space Weather Lab suggests that clouds with arrive in succession on May 9th at 13:40 UT and May 10th at 07:54 UT (+/- 7 hours). The double impact could spark moderate geomagnetic storms. High-latitude sky watchers should be alert for auroras.
With a least four dark cores larger than Earth, AR1476 sprawls more than 100,000 km from end to end, and makes an easy target for backyard solar telescopes. Amateur astronomer Alan Friedman sends this picture of the behemoth from his backyard in Buffalo, NY:
“AR1476 is firecrackler,” says Friedman.
Indeed, the active region is crackling with impulsive M-class solar flares. Based on the sunspot’s complex ‘beta-gamma’ magnetic field, NOAA forecasters estimate a 75% chance of more M-flares during the next 24 hours. There is also a 10% chance of powerful X-flares.
“This one is going to be fun as it turns to face us!” predicts Friedman. He might be right. [Read More]
That last line…
Proves once again?
Some guys definition of ‘fun’ and my definition of ‘fun’…
Two TOTALLY different things.
Is a fantastic public service.
However I think all of this effort, to keep Alabama citizens safe, via tornado shelter signs…
[via Fox News] The Alabama Department of Transportation has reversed course, and decided to work with local county officials on installing road signs meant to direct people to a new tornado shelter — after an official initially resisted on the grounds that shelter signs had not been approved for state roads.
The decision comes after Fox News first reported that the state was blocking county schools Superintendent Charles Warren from putting up road signs meant to guide people to a shiny new tornado shelter FEMA had built at a local high school which had been devastated by a tornado last spring.
A statement from the Alabama transportation department acknowledged that they “fell short in taking discussions with DeKalb County officials beyond consideration of the sign that was initially proposed.”
The statement said Transportation Director John Cooper “has asked transportation officials from his office in Montgomery to work with DeKalb County officials on identifying appropriate signage for local storm shelters.”
The department added that it doesn’t actually have a policy barring storm shelter signs, and stressed that requests just need to be coordinated through the department.
“There was never any intention of not working with local officials, and if there was a temporary roadblock, we’re back on the right road toward appropriate signage that identifies storm shelters. We are in the process of working with local officials and State EMA officials to develop and install appropriate signage,” the statement said.[Read More]
A tad misplaced.
In other words?
I am pretty convinced the Alabama State officials are focusing on the wrong things…
On the wrong dangers.
Seems to me? They are putting all of there Alabama safety precautions in one basket.
Note to Alabama: It’s a SPIDER filled basket.
[via LiveScience] In the heart of Auburn, Ala., researchers have discovered a new species of trapdoor spider right under their feet, they reported Tuesday (May 8).
Named in honor of Auburn University’s tiger mascot, the spider is now affectionately called the Auburn tiger trapdoor spider or Myrmekiaphila tigris. It belongs to the genus that includes among its now 12 species the famous M. neilyoungi, from Birmingham, Ala., named for rocker Neil Young.
“The discovery of a new species in a well-developed area like this further demonstrates the amount of biodiversity on our planet that remains unknown,” study researcher Jason Bond of the Auburn University Museum of Natural History, said in a statement. “We know so little about our home planet and the other organisms that inhabit it with us.” [Read More]
New species of spider, huh?
Not what I wanted to read today.
Off Topic Ponderism: Why is it necessary for spiders to be so freaking ugly, Mother Nature…
Honestly, I don’t get it.
No way could such a thing be necessary.
It creeps closer.
Like a big, brown, hairy spider.
It’s just as scary.
The 2012 Presidential Election draws ever nearer.
But how is it looking for our big contenders?
Let’s take a look:
[via NewsroomAmerica]A new daily presidential tracking survey has found presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney leading President Barack Obama 49-44 percent, polling firm Rasmussen Reports said Tuesday.
Tracking polls at this point in the race are not much of an indicator as to who will ultimately win Nov. 6, but they are useful gauges of where the candidates currently stand and what issues might be influencing voters’ opinions. In this particular case, the influencing factor could be tied to the economy and, more importantly, how Americans view it, as well as who is better suited to improve economic conditions.
“The uptick for Romney comes as investor confidence has fallen six points in the wake of last week’s disappointing jobs report,” Rasmussen said. “Looking ahead five years, just 44 percent of Americans believe the nation’s economy will be stronger than it is today. That’s the lowest level of long-term optimism ever measured.” [Read More]
Not Looking good for the home team.
Some pollsters decided to ‘test’ Romney’s viability, come election time.
Texas Congressman Ron Paul appears more interested in influencing the direction of the Republican Party than in running as an independent presidential candidate. But perhaps Democrats should be careful what they wish for: Even if Mitt Romney’s remaining GOP challenger should run as a third party candidate, new Rasmussen Reports surveying finds Romney the winner of a three-way race.
The latest national telephone survey shows that 25% of Likely U.S. Voters think Paul should run as a third party candidate. Sixty-one percent (61%) disagree, but 13% more are not sure. …
Yet despite apparent Democratic hopes that a Paul candidacy might cut into Romney’s total, the likely Republican nominee is the winner of a three-way race if the election were held right now. Given that matchup, Romney earns 44% support to President Obama’s 39%. Paul runs a distant third with 13% of the vote. Two percent (2%) like some other candidate, and another two percent (2%) are undecided.
But if it makes Obama fans feel ANY better?
There is ONE contest, thus far…
He would win:
[via Hotmail] Likability won’t decide the election but when you like someone you’re apt to give them the benefit of a doubt they don’t always deserve. I’ve always thought, for instance, that that’s a contributing factor in why huge swaths of the public still blame Bush for the economy even now. Someone who’s personally sympathetic to O will find it easier to identify with his predicament circa 2009 than someone who doesn’t like him. If unemployment drops to, say, 7.8 percent by November, is that good enough for an incumbent win? For an unlikable incumbent, maybe not. For Obama, looking at this kind of spread, who knows?
The independent numbers are what they are. The good news, obviously, is that Romney leads by three points overall on the important metric of who can manage the government most effectively — but I’m not sure how good it is. The Eeyore on my shoulder is whispering that that number shouldn’t be that close given O’s record on debt and the heavy, heavy connotations of leviathan government carried by the Obama brand. But then, most low-information voters don’t really know Romney yet, which means they haven’t been exposed much yet to his core campaign message of managerial competence. If he’s already ahead on this metric, it’s probably more a reflection of “yeah, Obama’s a screw-up” sentiment among the public than any strong appreciation for Romney. And that is good news since it means there’s room for Mitt’s numbers to grow as people become more familiar with his strengths. [Read More]
They add up…
And can carry a LOT of sway.
Of course you can’t deposit ‘cool points’ into your bank account, but be that as it may…
Still, this is a HUGE win for Obama.
Hang onto this win, Bud…
You too, Mittens.
During this crazy election season?
You guys are gonna need all the good news you can get!
As for the voters?
I have a feeling WE won’t be getting much of anything.
“Although nature commences with reason and ends in experience it is necessary for us to do the opposite, that is to commence with experience and from this to proceed to investigate the reason.”
~Leonardo da Vinci
“Reason only controls individuals after emotion and impulse have lost their impetus”
~ Carlton Simon