Celebrities Keep O’Ding On Opioids And No One Cares

A perspective I have not read before.

After Rock Hudson disclosed he had AIDS later that summer, the nation finally woke up to an epidemic that had been ravaging gay communities in major urban areas. During the short remainder of Hudson’s life, the beloved movie star and friend of first lady Nancy Reagan took to the activist pulpit, praising the sudden surge of public interest in tackling the burgeoning epidemic.

“That death began research,” France recalls of Hudson’s passing in October 1985.

The next year, the notoriously parsimonious President Ronald Reagan allowed a significant increase in the National Institutes of Health’s budget — for research into AIDS, a disease about which Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) scientists had first sounded the alarm five years earlier.

Flash forward three decades: Thanks in large part to a massive, sustained governmental investment, currently to the tune of more than $26 billion in annual federal dollars, the U.S. HIV epidemic is now increasingly being brought under control. At the same time, several city and state governments, such as those in San Francisco, Seattle, and New York City and State, have waged expensive, multifaceted campaigns to help control their own local epidemics.

Consequently, HIV is effectively crossing paths with the contemporary opioid epidemic, as that particular scourge follows a devastating upward trajectory and the governmental response remains woefully inadequate.”

Note to Opiate Users: Always Know Where Your Drugs Come From

Carver County attorney Mark Metz said the recording artist Prince died from an accidental fentanyl overdose after he took counterfeit pills containing the powerful painkiller.

“Prince had no idea he was taking a counterfeit pill that could kill him,” Metz said.

There is no evidence showing how he obtained that counterfeit pill, he said. Because of that, there will be no criminal charges filed in the case, he said.

OMG! I Agree With Donald Trump On Opioid Issue

President Trump met  yesterday with health officials and members of his administration to receive an update on the opioid crisis.  He said something I firmly believe.

Trump said the “best way to prevent drug addiction and overdose is to prevent people from abusing drugs in the first place.”

“If they don’t start, they won’t have a problem. If they do start, it’s awfully tough to get off.  So if we can keep them from going on — and maybe by talking to youth and telling them: ‘No good, really bad for you in every way.’ But if they don’t start, it will never be a problem.”

Bingo.

I am so tired of seeing news reports as was broadcast last night on NBC Evening News about a town in Ohio where the number of deaths from drug overdoses is setting records.  The coroner was interviewed in her lab and the stress about her job was evident.  The public price tag for such irresponsible behavior from those who abuse their bodies with drugs is stressful for the nation, too.

I am–to be honest–sick of the ones who have started down a dreadful path with drugs.  And my willingness to see large public expenditures made to combat it is thin.  I am not being heartless, but as reported last night, now cocaine and heron are bring laced with opioids to allow the drug users a higher bang for the money.  And taxpayers are to be gleeful?

Life has its ups and downs.  But what in hell is going on in someone’s head when they for the first time lift a needle or pop a pill or smoke whatever?  And how can this lack of self-control and out-right lack of sound judgement so be epidemic?

So Trump has to be agreed with when he says or does something that is correct.  I am never shy about making such a statement when it comes to the issue of drugs–which I know is a scourge on the public.

So yes, Trump has it right on this matter.

Drugs are no good!

Will Alder Marsha Rummel Get Mobil Gas Station On East Side To Close?

There is a criminal infestation at Mobil gas station at 3019 E. Washington Avenue that is at the root as to why the residents of that neighborhood are demanding it be shut down.

That was the place I had pulled into for a fill up when a guy in a car parked near the service pumps asked me if I wanted to buy anything.  When I glanced over he had an array of hard-core pornography.   It was daylight and I was wondering what alter universe I had slipped into.

That pales of course to the recent shooting incidents in that neighborhood or the obvious drug activity that can be noticed even by a blind man.  It is therefore totally appropriate that locals in the area have called for the closure of the gas station.

Police are well aware of what they describe as an “almost open-air drug market” and have made attempts to bring the low-life’s into line with the law.  It is reported that this location  has become a home base for sellers and buyers of marijuana, heroin and crack.  As we know from statistics this then results in a rise of violence and drug activity in nearby neighborhoods.

I applaud those who have made it their focus to deal with the recent violence and find ways to improve the neighborhood’s safety.  In addition, I am always hoping the alder for the district, Marsha Rummel, will be more successful in doing the real work for the residents than she is typically known for.  After all, painting the pavement at intersections with flowers will not stem the drug trade at this station.  There needs to be competent and serious work done to get the needs and safety of the locals met in that neighborhood.  We all must hope she is up to the task.  She never is proactive with anything so we need to hope she can at least do something positive in a reactive mode.

There should be nothing but shame on the face of the owner of the station.  If that person will not or can not fix the problem the city has ways to get the job done for the taxpayers and citizens who live there and stop in to get gasoline.

How Much Concern Should We Have For Heroin Addicts?

This story below is perhaps the most upsetting one yet to be reported about heroin addiction.  To be honest, I am just tired of hearing about the stupid and weak who fall prey to this horrible drug.  What is wrong with people that they get sucked up into such madness?  Worse yet is when the actions of addicts inflict harm or possible harm to innocent people.

We live in a nation with umpteen ways to be informed and guided about appropriate ways to live, and what to steer clear of so not to damage ourselves.  There are endless ways to safely relax and take off pressure.  There is not one single reason for anyone to expect that drugs will treat them any differently than all the tragic stories we all are privy to.

So yes it is the stupid and weak who are the ones who make the headlines when it comes to heroin addiction and it seems the rest of us in society have to pick up the pieces of their broken lives.   The cost to society is rising by the week.

Simply put the two adults pictured in the story below–James Lee Acord and Rhonda L. Pasek– should not be allowed to have guardianship of the 4-year-old boy in this story.   His life should be more a priority for society than the two losers posing as adults who had him in their care.  Their lack of concern for this child is simply stunning to see.

I am one of the first in line to promote caring social programs to assist those in need.  Be they homeless kids in our city schools, helping elderly people stay in their homes, pushing for better health care, or any one of many other needs I want to help others with a hand up.

But when it comes to those who willingly allow their lives to drift to drugs is where my compassion ends.  I am not heartless or cold.  But frankly the choice to start injecting heroin is also the time that idea can be  rejected.

When it comes to social needs  I am pragmatic about where the limited resources we have are best spent.  When people have allowed their lives to become so out of control that this below is the outcome then as a citizen and taxpayer I feel the right to say enough.

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On Wednesday afternoon, a police officer in East Liverpool, Ohio, stopped a vehicle for driving erratically and made a shocking discovery: The driver was barely conscious. A woman was slumped across the passenger seat next to him, turning blue.

In the back of the vehicle, a 4-year-old boy sat restrained in a car seat, according to a police report.

The officer called an ambulance, and when the EMTs arrived, they administered the lifesaving drug Narcan, used to reverse opioid overdoses. After 47-year-old James Lee Acord and 50-year-old Rhonda L. Pasek were revived, police arrested them and contacted Columbiana County Children’s Services.

Acord pleaded no contest and was sentenced to 180 days in jail on charges of driving under the influence and endangering children, according to a local news report. Pasek pleaded not guilty to charges of disorderly conduct, endangering children and a seat-belt violation.

 

Sean Penn On Wrong Side Of War On Drugs

The more that Sean Penn expresses himself either in writing or in interviews about his connection with El Chapo the more I wonder how strung out on drugs the actor has to be to have such perspectives.

The Rolling Stone article that Penn wrote as ‘a journalist’ portrays El Chapo as a humble man with no other means to make money than to grow and deal drugs.

The drug kingpin was poor and stated to Penn that “the only way to have food, to survive, is to grow poppy, marijuana, and…I began to grow it, to cultivate it and to sell it.”   If that is the route out of bad times for every down-and-out family then many in my hometown would be in the drug business.  They are not, of course, because of a thing called morals and ethical foundations.

I will not buy this line of crap that one has to be evil or criminal–as is El Chapo–just to survive.  What is so rotting about the way Penn blubbers on about the drug kingpin in terms that are to make us believe the grower/seller/killer is somehow a positive man with charisma has more to do with the political mission Penn is on than wanting the rest of us to get a clear picture of a criminal.

I will be quite honest that the words which came from my mouth when reading the following in the magazine might have curled the hair of passersby.   I could not believe what Penn was trying to pull off in the article.

El Chapo is a businessman first, and only resorts to violence when he deems it advantageous to himself or his business interests.”

There is no way a sane or chemically-free person could write such blather.

But today we get, as Paul Harvey would say, ‘the rest of the story’ as to what motivates Penn.  The whole episode between Penn and El Chapo was designed to spur a broader discussion on the drug war.

“I have a terrible regret,” Penn said in an interview.  “I have a regret that the entire discussion about this article ignores its purpose, which was to try to contribute to this discussion about the policy on the war on drugs. Let me be clear. My article has failed”.

Cut the BS, Sean.

There is no sanitized way to address the chaos, death, and cost that drugs play in this nation.  There is no way to look at the gang problem in Madison and not trace it back to the drug trade.  There is no way to hear the messed up lives of those who rub shoulders with the likes of Penn and not know that drugs attack the rich and gifted as much as the lowly and tortured in back alleys.

Grow up, Sean Penn!

Do not use your position to try and spin a narrative that we need to legalize and accept deadly substantives into our communities because the alternative of combatting them is tough.  This nation does not need someone like you to alert us to the sad early life that El Chapo experienced.   Boo-hoo for him, but lots of people grow up poor and yet retain common sense and grace and do not turn to crime.

If Penn wanted to make a difference the first thing he should have done once making contact with El Chapo was to alert the authorities.  By his own admission he did not do that, or wish to.

As such Sean Penn is on the wrong side of the war on drugs.

Pot Fee Too High For Buying Some Mary Jane?

I had to smile while reading about the decision that Dane County Executive Joe Parisi wants to take regarding the fine for buying pot.  I smile because I too saw the irony in the matter and am glad Chris Rickert makes everyone aware of it in his newspaper column.

Parisi wants to lower the financial penalties for certain low-level offenses, and thereby lessen the possibility that poor people — who in Dane County are disproportionately people of color — get caught up in a vicious cycle of unpaid fines, extra penalties and jail that can do some serious damage to their life prospects down the line.

Befuddling to me, though, is why Parisi would kick off his effort by lowering the fine for getting caught with small amounts of marijuana to no more than $10, which for anyone with the resources to drop a couple hundred dollars on a bag of pot isn’t much more than a modest user (so to speak) fee.

As one really believes that pot is a gateway drug and has many qualities that makes it unhealthy I am not in favor of lowering the fine people should be required to pay if caught with the illegal substance.   But to see the irony in writing of the fee being somehow so onerous in relation to the cost of the drug is priceless.

Thanks to Rickert for making it clear to all.

No Room For Marijuana Use With Milwaukee Bucks

I much applaud this move by the Milwaukee Bucks as is sets an example for our youth.

Bucks center Larry Sanders has been suspended five games by the league for violating terms of the NBA’s drug program.  Sanders said in a statement released by the team that he was suspended for using marijuana. Rightfully the NBA sets some standards for drug abuse, and as such imposes a five-game suspension upon the third positive test for marijuana use.

There are consequences for bad decisions.  Furthermore I am very much in favor of athletes setting better examples for our youth.  If they can not do that on their own, then there will be repercussions.