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Monday, April 9. 2012
Painkiller addiction: Is it really an epidemic?
Gentrification in Greenwich Village
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There’s no such thing as a free lunch, at least not at the Rescue Mission of El Paso.
Mitt Romney won. And now he's going to lose
I'm not so certain about that
SANDERS: Beijing’s nightmare scenario
The European Union ups the anti-pirate ante
Jewish Gangsters Get Their Day at Museum
Details Emerge on Coming U.S. Offensive in Eastern Afghanistan
TAUBE: Helen Thomas uncensored
Military, church struggle to address Catholic chaplains shortage
Does “Land of the Free” Mean Everything Should be Free?
Amazing video of students. Where do they get this sense of entitlement?
O’s losing strategy - It’s all fear and envy, no hope:
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My own personal, recent experience with prescription painkillers tells me that, yes, there is an epidemic of addiction to these drugs and overdosing without adequate warnings. I had minor surgery several months ago and was given hydrocodone for the pain. I was told nothing about the addictive qualities of this medication, only that I could take up to 2 pills every 4 hours. I was on this medication for less than a week...and the last couple of days I took maybe 2 pills in a day...I could've taken up to 12 if I went by the dosing instructions.
I had HORRIBLE withdrawal symptoms for 48 hours+...excessive tiredness, muddled thinking, headaches, inability to focus. It was awful. I called two pharmacists about my symptoms...b/c I was not told there would be any withdrawal symptoms at all! Both pharmacists thought I was nuts. Told me addiction to this kind of painkiller took 'months' of use.
When my symptoms began to clear up after a couple of days, I KNEW it was the hydrocodone, yet no one wanted to acknowledge this was even true! It was really scary. I could see how someone with a weaker mindset would become addicted in a matter of days and might be unable or unwilling to stop using this medication.
I am not sure if ALL users of this medication in the short-term have these kinds of withdrawal symptoms, but to not warn average people about the risks and how to avoid withdrawal and addiction is irresponsible. Doctors and pharmacists alike should be aware that you can become addicted in a very short period of time and should give patients the choice of different pain killers with hydrocodone as a last resort medication for those in serious pain after minor surgeries.
Do You Need That Medical Test?
Here is my anecdote. While crossing a side street in Mexico City, a car hit me and didn't stop. I fell on my shoulder, which was painful, but I could walk. I went to the subway and found out where the National Medical College was on the subway system.
When I got to the National Medical College, I asked directions to a clinic. A doctor saw me within several minutes of my arrival at the clinic. After I explained to the doctor the reason for my visit, he asked one question. "Can you raise your arm above your head?" It was painful, but I could raise my shoulder. "Go," the doctor told me. "You'll be fine."
And I was. Within a week, there was no pain in my shoulder. In the US, there would have been X-rays etc. The doctor had enough experience in medical diagnosis to know that if I could raise my arm, there was no broken bone in my shoulder. An X-ray was not necessary.
Anyone who puts down the Mexican medical system will have a disagreement with me.
Just for the sake of counter-point. I slipped and fractured my right leg close to the ankle while visiting San Carlos, MX. There was only a very small clinic but I was seen by a physician.
He performed his exam, then had me stand on my leg, said to me and my nurse wife, he's fine, if his leg were broken he would be screaming in pain, wouldn't be able to stand up. Then proceeded to mock me for coming to the clinic for only a sprained ankle.
48 hours later, back in the States and after X-Ray's, I was informed I had cleanly fractured my tibia and fibula, with an additional fracture in the talus area.
So, I guess we'll have to disagree as to the usefulness of modern diagnostic equipment and the competency of individual physicians.
That's the thing with anecdotes I guess, like opinions, we've all got one, usually a different one.
Pirate Ante and John Derbyshire articles are both bad links and one is pushing up an advertisement for insurance. Please fix!
Bad link: The European Union ups the anti-pirate ante.
Good link: The European Union ups the anti-pirate ante. The article, by Austin Bay, can be found at more than one website.
Bad link: National Review fires writer John Derbyshire, author of ‘outlandish’ article on blacks, racism.
Good link: National Review fires writer John Derbyshire, author of ‘outlandish’ article on blacks, racism. With blather at the end to beat the spam-fighter.
Re John Derbyshire fireing.
Remember that Ann Coulter was fired for pointing out the obvious fact that the 9-11 terrorists were all muslims. The PC infection is spreading.
Rich Lowry's statement at Gringo's link is masterful.
Derb --as good as he is --is missing the point with the race/IQ dead-end discussion. Yes, the stats on black crime and social pathology are frightful --in fact so aberrational that no culture/IQ connection to standard deviation is possible. That leaves only one thing --politics.
The problem in black society is that of one-party systems in general --utter corruption.
Side by side with a non-terminally corrupt political culture, the urban Democratic ethos stands in such sharp relief that no question of political theory or the usual historical left/right continuum offers any explanation for the extraordinarily bad results.
Put Allen West and Charles Payne (of Fox Business News) in charge of something that can get at the problem, then stand back and watch the feathers fly.
PS, if Derb had begun with the question "Is there any reason I should not feel this way?" rather than allowing the polemic to proceed under the standard unspoken command "you should feel this way!" --he would've been much harder to fire, and much easier to be seen as having asked a painfully needful question.
Perhaps getting his licks end before his coming demise from CA. Though BL has a good point.
I'm not sure what you mean by saying that Lowry's statement is masterful. I've read and enjoyed Derb on-and-off for many years. Lowry said that what Derb wrote was "indefensible." How so? Was he wrong? Was he wrong, for example, to write that it's much, much better to stay away from black-dominated cities like Detroit and Washington DC where the leaders of the African-American community have been as corrupt as can be? Sounds like good advice to me.
As for the IQ numbers, I can't vouch for them because I've known, worked with, and mentored some pretty sharp black kids and colleagues while I was working, so my experience says something different. Still, I'm willing to bet that Lowry has never lived in a black neighborhood like East Cleveland, where I did. Maybe if he got out of his ivory tower and mixed it up with different socioeconomic strata, he'd see things in a different light. He could listen to gangsta rap, which passes for black music these days. It ain't your father's jazz. It's enormously violent. It's disrespectful of women. It surely has a corrupting influence on young blacks. Lowry might also pay at least passing attention to the now common assault videos that get posted to YouTube, which show just how violent some black youngsters have become. It's sad to say, but the adults in the African-American community seem to have lost control of their children, too many of whom have become feral predators.
Derb is certainly irascible, but I'm not entirely sure the "racist" label fits him. If I recall correctly, his wife is Chinese, so there are at least some groups of non-whites he is comfortable with.
Thanks for asking --what i meant was, the institution chose not to follow the initiative of one writer from its stable of contributers, into a difficult fast-moving PR storm --on this issue at this time, and since Lowry (and everyone at the mag) is certainly aware of the incipient charge of moral cowardice for 'hangin' old John Brown', the statement had to hit a certain difficult note --which imho it did very well --avoiding both hifalutin' judgment sanctimony and obsequious white self-loathing theater.
Skirmishers advancing to contact, if they don't go too far for their own good, they won't have gone far enough for the army good --
Amazing video of students. Where do they get this sense of entitlement?
From their parents, who always worried about their kids' self-esteem not realizing that self-esteem is something earned, not given. And gave their children things without insisting that they did something to earn it because it was easier just to give in that it was to actually discipline their child.
From their teachers, who found it easier to give A's or grade on the curve rather than deal with the kids' parents.
From popular culture, which deals far more with superficialities than substance, presumes that you are given fame and fortune without actually doing anything of merit and degrinates anyone who actually works for what they want.
They haven't had to earn anything up to this point (those that have aren't the ones you see in the video). They don't see why it should start now.
BD, your better halfs center-piece was extremely well done. Is that an owl at the bottom?