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Opioid Epidemic… Story by Catherine Ross

An epidemic. That’s what it’s being called. Why is this? It is being called an epidemic because 100 Americans are dying everyday due to opioid overdose, which means within a span of one month, 3,000 Americans will die. What exactly is an opioid? It’s a drug, however it’s not an illegal one. It’s a prescription drug. This drug is prescribed by local doctors and hospitals across the United States due to the fact it’s a cheaper option for their patients. This drug is used as a painkiller, for things ranging from broken bones, to chronic illnesses or diseases which cause the patient pain.

Opioids give a similar effect to that of morphine, which means it’s really good for those who are constantly hurting. Or at least that’s what the public thought. In actuality, opioids are highly addictive drugs, which can cause patient after patient to overdose. The dosage of the addictive drug increased this year, which is why the death count is much higher than before.

Mapping Opioids... From 2015, this map shows how the opioids overdoses increased considerably (Photo by: CDC)
Mapping Opioids… From 2015, this map shows how the opioids overdoses increased considerably (Photo by: CDC)

In 2015, 33,091 people died due to opioid overdose. Now, the death count is said to be higher than ever, as reported by CNN and the Washington Post, although no details on the death count have been released.

The addiction is spreading like wildfire, causing popular pharmacies to limiting the prescription refills to one week. One of the biggest pharmacies in the U.S, CVS, put a restriction on opioid prescription refills. But is it really stopping the issue? According to an article by the New York Times, the opioids are causing fear and panic to blossom in everyone. Patients are beginning to refuse to purchase these drugs. The prices on the opioids are lowering, but more and more people are becoming scared and are either spending a large sum of money on hospital prescribed drugs, or are choosing nothing at all. So on top of the painful overdoses, people are beginning to prefer constant pain rather than risk becoming addicted.

But is the addiction really that addictive or is it just tailored towards the same type of people? The effects that all opioid drugs can have, causes people much pain and suffering. However, pharmaceutical opioid drugs aren’t the only ones becoming a problem now. Non-prescription opioids have been becoming popular since 2010.

Overflowing Opioids… Various pill forms of opioids that are prescribed to those with chronic pains. (Photo by: Healthline)
Overflowing Opioids…
Various pill forms of opioids that are prescribed to those with chronic pains. (Photo by: Healthline)

The Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis made an announcement which compared the opioid epidemic to that of September 11th.“With approximately 142 Americans dying every day, America is enduring a death toll equal to September 11th every three weeks,” So what exactly is the United States doing to help this epidemic?

The president of the United States made a statement in August that it is considered a national emergency. The death toll is only climbing each day, which means more lives are lost and more families are destroyed. The problem is still at hand, and it’s only continuing to get worse. When will it stop? When will it no longer be an epidemic? Nobody can guarantee when the epidemic will cease to exist, but if it doesn’t get much more attention, it could very well wipe out far more people than it currently is.

If you or someone you know is currently taking opioids such as fentanyl, codeine, morphine, and opium and are experiencing symptoms of addiction, please don’t be afraid to contact this hotline. It’s important to get help as soon as possible as this addiction is extremely dangerous and more often than not, fatal. If you do find yourself or a loved one in a fatal situation due to opioid overdose, please call 911 immediately.

Opioid Hotline: 1-888-538-9831

 

Antonin Scalia….Unfortunate accident…or something more? Story By: Mack Jastle

Antonin Scalia….Unfortunate accident…or something more? Story By: Mack Jastle

Independent…..Scalia’s scathing dissents and innovative legal theories changed the way the court decided on a variety of issues. Photo-by: motherjones.com
Independent…..Scalia’s scathing dissents and innovative legal theories changed the way the court decided on a variety of issues. Photo-by: motherjones.com

Last weekend, on Saturday, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was found dead at a resort in West Texas.  He was 79.   Scalia was a staunch conservative, and his written opinions and notable dissensions on court issues shaped the way the court decided on a variety of issues.

Scalia was found dead in his room Saturday after he missed breakfast and his hunting group left without him.  Someone on the ranch decided to check on him and found him unresponsive in his bed.  He had died in his sleep.  The diagnosis made sense; Scalia had gone to bed Friday night and had told his friends that he wasn’t feeling well.

However, the exact circumstances of his death have stirred up controversy.  Some accounts stated that he was found with a pillow over his face, while others argued that it was merely on his forehead.  Join Pointdexter, the owner of the ranch Scalia was found on, stated that “The pillow was against the headboard and over his head when he was discovered.”

He was pronounced dead by Presidio County Judge Cinderella Guevara over the phone late Saturday afternoon, after several marshals arrived on scene.

The official cause of death is natural causes, but many are questioning how this verdict was reached, since Scalia’s body never got autopsied.  The decision was made not autopsy by both the family and the Texas Justice of the Peace.

This inevitably made people suspicious.  A highly respected Supreme Court justice dies in his sleep, but it pronounced dead over the phone, and his body is never autopsied?  Conspiracy theorists went into overdrive.

The flames were only fanned when, William O. Ritchie, the former head of criminal investigations for the Washington D.C, questioned the decision not to autopsy.

In flux….Many of the cases going in front of the Supreme Court in the next few weeks have an uncertain future due to Scalia’s death. Photo-by: Wikipedia.com
In flux….Many of the cases going in front of the Supreme Court in the next few weeks have an uncertain future due to Scalia’s death. Photo-by: Wikipedia.com

“As a former homicide commander, I am stunned that no autopsy was ordered for Justice Scalia,” Ritchie said via a Facebook post on Sunday, according to reports. He added, “My gut tells me there is something fishy going on in Texas.”

Countless other tweets and Facebook posts dominated social media in the days following Scalia’s death.  Rumors of possible CIA ‘heart attack guns’ and Illuminati assassins as the causes of death invaded the internet.

But Antonin Scalia did have health problems, and he was 79.  It’s entirely plausible that he simply died in his sleep, especially considering the fact that he felt bad going to bed the previous night.

Regardless of the true cause of Scalia’s passing, his death comes an interesting time.  With only eight justices on the on the court, there is now a real possibility of 4-4 ties.  If one of these occurs, the decision of the lower courts would stand.

This might not seem so significant, but the possibility of ties could have a major effect on the landmark cases set to go before the court in the near future.  These cases include Whole Women’s Health v. Hellerstedt, a Texas case on abortion regulations, Evenwel v. Abbott, which challenges states’ redrawing of legislative districts for voting, and United States v. Texas, a case that challenges President Obama’s immigration executive action.  The lower courts struck down the action, and a tie here would leave that verdict in place.

These are very important cases that will have far-reaching effects.  Antonin Scalia’s death will undoubtedly affect the outcome of these cases.  Whether his death was an accident or otherwise, it will continue to affect the legal world for some time still.