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The War On Pills

There’s no question that prescriptions for opioid painkillers like Oxycontin and Percocet have soared in recent years. It’s also clear that there are some rogue doctors and “pill mills” who unscrupulously hand out prescriptions, sometimes to patients who shouldn’t get them, sometimes to drug addicts and drug dealers pretending to be pain patients. But it’s also far from certain that the painkiller abuse and overdoses are as dire as the government is making it out to be. And to the extent that there is a problem, it’s due more to a decade of aggressive policing, obstinate federal law enforcement agencies, and the encroachment of law enforcement into the practice of medicine than lax government oversight. The DEA in particular has been scaring reputable doctors away from pain management since the late 1990s. People who suffer from chronic pain simply can’t find doctors willing to treat them over the long term. The unscrupulous doctors and pill mills in the headlines have sprung up to fill the void.

via Radley Balko: The War Over Prescription Painkillers.


Never Sleep Alone Bed Set

via Never Sleep Alone Bed Set by christiemelissa on Etsy.


The Calling

The Calling

They would just drop in. Once a month for the past 12 years, always uninvited. Jane White would answer the door of her East Sussex home to find smiling Jehovah’s Witnesses offering the latest issue of The Watchtower and the chance to hook up with their kind of Jesus. She would tell them to go away. But they’d come back.

After the one visit too many, Jane White returned the favour by banging on the Kingdom Hall doors at 10 o’clock Sunday morning, right in the middle of services, and offered those within free magazines. Her crusade lasted 30 minutes before police arrived and told her to shove off.

“It is not the religion I object to, it is just the intrusion into my privacy which I find annoying,” White explained. A spokesman for Britain’s Jehovah’s Witnesses said that, had they known White didn’t want the visits, they would have stopped coming. White expects that they now know. :

—Scott Saxon

via Networthy links.


Brain’s too hot :(

According to research presented Monday at Sleep 2011, the annual meeting of the Associated Profession Sleep Societies, cooling the brain and can reduce the amount of time it takes people with insomnia to fall asleep — and increase the length of time they stay that way.

via Insomnia: Can’t sleep? Try cooling your brain – Los Angeles Times.

I want!

The Man Who Made Lists

Roget himself turned out humorless and judgmental, beset with a “paranoid streak” as well as melancholy and shyness, not to mention a horror of “dirt and disorder” — the Thesaurus entry for “uncleanness” is a lollapalooza. So one can scarcely be surprised by the refuge he seems to have taken in workaholism and an assortment of small compulsions, including his “obsession with counting.” (“I every day go up at least 320 steps.”) He took particular pleasure in an ability to control the movements of the iris in his own eye.

via The Man Who Made Lists – Joshua Kendall – Book Review – New York Times.

My god, do I love lists & thesauruses.  I’d write a whole list why I do, but it would just be a lot of synonyms and stuff.

Man Held in Solitary Confinement 2 Years After DWI Gets $22M

A man who spent two years in solitary confinement after getting arrested for DWI was awarded $22 million for suffering inhumane treatment in New Mexico’s Dona Ana County Jail.

Slevin said he made countless requests to see a doctor to get medication for his depression, but wasn’t allowed to see one until only a few weeks before his release. He also never got to see a judge.

via Man Held in Solitary Confinement 2 Years After DWI Gets $22M | NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth.