28 Mar 2018
The world keeps using more antibiotics and it’s making us sick – Philadelphia Inquirer, 2018/03/26
Patients with a fever or congested lungs increasingly are being discouraged from taking antibiotics in the United States, and that’s a good thing. Those symptoms often are caused by viruses, in which case antibiotics — which kill bacteria — are the wrong approach.
But a new study finds that although antibiotics use has declined somewhat in the U.S., the nation remains the leading user of the drugs worldwide, with 3.3 billion doses administered in 2015. As many as one-third of these doses are thought to have been inappropriate, leading to the rise of “superbugs” — bacteria that develop resistance to the medicines.
But too often, antibiotics are deployed against infections that would be better addressed with preventive measures such as sanitation, said Klein, also an assistant professor of emergency medicine and epidemiology at Johns Hopkins University.
Antibiotics promote resistance in this way: Though they may be effective against a specific organism that is causing disease, they kill other microbes in the process. That means clear sailing for any remaining bacteria that were resistant to the drug, enabling them to multiply.
And contrary to popular perception, that problem can arise even when antibiotics are used appropriately, Temple’s Gallagher said.
We still have immune systems in our body, right? Sounds like these drugs compromise our immune systems from functioning optimally. I take very little medicine, and usually let the pain work its way out. When I do take medicine, I don’t need much and it works pretty quickly.
1 Nov 2017
2017/10/28 – Authorities Seize ‘Over One Million Doses’ Of Fentanyl From Long Island Home” – CBS New York
Authorities on Long Island announced on Saturday the seizure of 750 grams of fentanyl from a home in Mastic Beach.
Suffolk County Police Commissioner Timothy Sini said the extremely potent batch of the deadly chemical was shipped from China.
The DEA is sending teams to Cincinnati and Cleveland; Long Island; Raleigh, North Carolina; New Bedford, Massachusetts; and Charleston, West Virginia.
The agency considered fatal overdose rates, levels of heroin and fentanyl seizures, and where extra resources would have the greatest impact in selecting cities.
This is the drug Prince was taking when he died.
6 Oct 2017
2017/10/04 – McDonald’s manager sold $10,900 in cocaine by hiding it with burgers and fries, police say – Miami Herald
It’s hard to spend $10,900 at McDonald’s — but it’s easier if the restaurant is selling crack and cocaine in addition to McNuggets.
That’s exactly what McDonald’s night manager Frank Guerrero, 26, was caught selling when authorities arrested him this week at the franchise he’s worked at for eight years in the Bronx.
Before his arrest, he made eight sales to undercover officers, in larger and larger quantities as the months went on — selling them $10,900 in drugs in all.
He made five sales in the franchise’s parking lot, authorities said, and often sold to other buyers late in the night during his shift. And the late-night customers even got special treatment: Though only the drive-thru was supposed to be open that late, Guerrero allegedly unlocked the door and let his clientele come into the restaurant after hours.
When police searched his home, they found 200 grams of cocaine and $5,300 in cash. The cash was stashed in a dresser inside his 2-year-old child’s playroom.
30 May 2017
2017/05/29 – Tiger Woods speaks: Alcohol wasn’t involved – NY Post
“I understand the severity of what I did and I take full responsibility for my actions,” Woods said in a statement Monday evening. “I want the public to know that alcohol was not involved. What happened was an unexpected reaction to prescribed medications. I didn’t realize the mix of medications had affected me so strongly.”
Woods apologized to his family, friends and fans and said, “I expect more from myself, too.”
“I will do everything in my power to ensure this never happens again,” he said.
30 May 2017
2017/05/26 – 5 suspects nabbed in million-dollar drug op are ‘not of legal status’ – Birmingham News
The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency announced the arrests of Elsy Judith Martinez-Lopez, 30, Bernardo M. Lopez, 36, Misael Agosttini-Otero, 32, Rafael A. Arvayo-Lopez, 31 and Armando Escobar-Jackes, 39.
Authorities have not released the locations of the raids, but said they seized $920,000 worth of drugs: 140 pounds of marijuana worth $420,000; two pounds of cocaine worth $100,000 and four pounds of meth worth $400,000. Investigators also confiscated $95,000 in cash and two guns.
3 Mar 2017
John Gotti’s grandson gets 8 years in prison on drug charges – MSN, New York Daily News
Mob boss John Gotti’s namesake grandson received an eight-year prison sentence on Thursday as part of his plea bargain on charges of running a $1.6 million-a-year oxycodone ring in his Queens neighborhood.
2 Mar 2017
Donald Trump made me great again: Former Miss USA – USA Today
I became famous as “Mess USA” when my boss — now the president of the United States — tossed me into rehab after I tested positive for cocaine. Rather than strip me of my crown or add to the negative press with a humiliation campaign, Donald Trump surprised me, and shocked the world, when he held a news conference and declared: “Tara is going to be given a second chance.”
It was 10 years ago that I got out of treatment, and I thank him for my 10 years of recovery. I will always be profoundly grateful. He saved my life and, essentially, made me great again.
This young lady had the perfect toxic mix in her life to be a long time drug abuser.
A good story of redemption. Not a lot about Trump in it, but obviously he was the turning point.
Hopefully with the opiod addictions ramping up, hopefully he can help turn that around also.