Why Worry?


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Why worry about a million things that MIGHT happen in the future that probably won’t end up happening?  Worrying about the future cheats you from fully experiencing the present.

NOW is what is real. The future doesn’t exist yet.

Plan?… Yes.  Prepare?… Sure.  Worry? … Why?

In the end everything will work out.   Either for you or against you, but it will work out.

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Which Way is She Turning?


Is she turning clockwise? Or is she turning counter-clockwise?  Some of us are able to see her both ways.  Most of us see her only one way…

What way is she turning?

What way is she turning?

It’s interesting how two of us can see the same thing in completely different ways.  Once we establish our view, it’s difficult for most of us to consider our neighbor’s perspective, especially if it contradicts our own.  There is truth in the adage that says, “first impressions are lasting impressions.”

Difficult, yes….Impossible, no.  See if you can make her go one way and then the other by shifting the brain’s current.  14% of the US population can see her move both ways.

This was devised at Yale University for a 5 year study on the human brain and its functions.

You Think You Have it all Figured Out Don’t You?


We are all born with some fundamentally universal human needs, among which is the need to understand the world around us.  We begin to meet this inherent need starting from birth and continue to form ideas and concepts about “how things are” through play, our parents, the media, our teachers and other forms of interaction.

At a basic level our need to organize and classify is a good thing, because it allows us the knowledge we need to make decisions that help us understand how to navigate successfully through different situations in our lives.

At the same time, we should keep in mind the possibility that our view or perspective of the world can sometimes focus our attention on what we “think” is important, only to sacrifice what truly is important.

NALOXONE: Why Isn’t it Over-the-Counter?


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Who knows how things would be different now if Naloxone was available like aspirin was on the night when Mikhaila overdosed and died.  Let’s take a look at why it is that a drug so safe and effective in reversing the effects of opioid drugs including overdose is not available to those that need it.  I think we’ll find we need to rethink what is important to us as a society.

COMMON ARGUMENTS AGAINST NALOXONE

  • Availability of naloxone will increase…risk behaviour. (1

  • Naloxone distribution goes against the dominant abstinence-only rehabilitation model.(4)

  • A physician’s direction is needed when using the drug. (2)

  • (Research) is not based on good scientific data…(but on) what some people would consider the right thing to do.” (3)

FOLLOW MONEY

  • Drug Companies: can make more money elsewhere (5)

    • Naloxone is off-patent (When a drug company first markets a drug, it is usually under a patent that, until it expires, allows only the drug company that developed the drug to sell it and therefore able to set the price of the drug at a level which maximizes profitability.)

    • Medicare and most private insurance do not pay for over-the-counter medications

  • Private Investors: High risk, Low return (5)

    • Current entire US naloxone injectable market is $22 M – very small market

    • Development costs could exceed this amount taking many years of work

(1) National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine

(2) Time: Health and Family

(3) Dr. Bertha Madras, deputy director, White House Office of National Drug Control Policy

(4) TheFix.com

(5) Daniel Wermeling, Pharm.D. Professor, University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy. President and CEO, AntiOp, Inc. AntiOp Inc.

13-Year-Old Daughter Dies From Huffing


A Los Angeles family is devastated after their 13-year-old daughter died from huffing—a dangerous trend that involves inhaling household cleaners to get a high.

Aria Doherty, a straight-A student who loved animals and had dreams of becoming a surgeon, was found dead inside her home Monday night.

Aria Doherty, a straight-A student who loved animals and had dreams of becoming a surgeon, was found dead inside her home Monday night.

CBS: Los Angeles Article
Learn About Huffing
 

What is “Sizzurp?”


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Rapper Lil’ Wayne was released from the hospital this week after having seizures linked to reported use of “sizzurp.” What exactly is “sizzurp?”

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Make naloxone over the counter and accessible to those that need it

FOLLOW THE LINK ABOVE TO SIGN THE PETITION!

In the U.S., 15,000 people die of opioid overdose — from prescription drugs including Oxycontin and Vicodin — each year.

Opioid overdose kills by slowly stopping a person’s breathing, so typically there is time to intervene — and often there are other people around when a drug user overdoses.

Naloxone (sold under the brand name Narcan) is a nontoxic, non-addictive drug that can reverse potentially fatal opioid overdose. Even though most opioid overdoses involve mixtures of drugs, not just opioids, naloxone is effective even in these cases, and it is not harmful if given in error, even at doses 700 times higher than what is recommended.

This lifesaving antidote to opioid overdose is safer than aspirin but currently can only be obtained by prescription.

Naloxone should be made available over-the-counter, so that everyone can keep it in their first aid kit, just in case.

In your hand you have the key to saving potentially 15,000 lives a year! Please use it by spending 5 minutes to sign the petition to make naloxone over the counter and accessible to those that need it.

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Click to sign petition!

Click to sign petition!

YOU CAN HELP REDUCE DRUG OVERDOSE DEATHS! PLEASE SIGN THIS PETITION!

Please help save lives by signing the petition to make Naloxone (Narcan) readily available to everyone without a prescription.

What is Naloxone?

There is a medication out there called Naloxone, (its brand name is Narcan) that can be administered either nasally or by injection. It can rapidly reverse the potentially deadly effects of opioid drugs, which include heroin and prescription pain relievers like OxyContin and Vicodin.  It does not produce a high — quite the opposite, in fact, because it blocks the effects of opioids. Naloxone is much safer than some drugs currently available without a prescription.  Both insulin and Tylenol (acetaminophen) can be deadly if misused, but it is impossible to overdose on Naloxone and it has few side effects.

Currently, Naloxone is available only by prescription and is otherwise accessed easily only by health professionals and law enforcement. Overdose now kills more people in the United States than car accidents, making it the leading cause of injury-related mortality according to the latest statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The number of deaths — 37,485 in 2009 — could be cut dramatically if Naloxone were available over-the-counter and placed in every first aid kit.