Archive for May, 2011
Meth is very powerful drug. It ruins lives and causes much human tragedy. It is one of the hard drugs to quit and quitting the addiction takes a massive amount of resolve and effort. Despite the subject fact, two kids decided thought was meth was candy as stated by the AP. Here is an excerpt from the article
“LONGVIEW, Texas (AP) — An East Texas woman has been charged with negligence after her children told police they tried methamphetamine because they thought it was candy.
Amanda Gail Walker of Hallsville was in the Gregg County Jail on Thursday with bond set at $6,000 bond. Electronic jail records did not list an attorney for Walker, who was arrested Tuesday at a Longview hotel following a fight with a relative.
Walker is charged with assault causing bodily injury, possession of a controlled substance and criminal child negligence. She also faces an outstanding DWI warrant.
Police say Walker’s 9-year-old son and 11-year-old daughter told investigators that they saw something that they thought was candy, so they tasted it. Police confiscated a bag believed to contain methamphetamine”
Did the mother consider the fact that her kids would that the meth would look like candy? Wouldn’t she guard her meth stash like hawk from her kids because she should would be so desperate to take it? Apparently not in this case. She was so into her addiction that she forgot to hide her stash from her kids.
And now she is going to do some time in the state prison. However, maybe prison is what gets her sober. I have met many people in my life that achieved life-long soberity by getting sober in prison and had their lives restored. And I think prison is what she needs because she is incapable of raising her kids unless she gets external help to help her with quit her addiction.
Character and personal force are the only investments that are worth anything. ”
— Walt Whitman
I got some good health news today via the LA Times
“Children taking stimulant medications to quell symptoms of attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have a very low risk of suffering heart attack, stroke or sudden, unexplained death, and the probability that they will suffer such a crisis doesn’t appear any higher than that of their peers who take no ADHD medications, says a new study from American Academy of Pediatrics.
That is good news for the 2.7 million American children between ages 4 and 17 — two-thirds of those diagnosed with ADHD — who take medication to improve their focus and self-control. But researchers who conducted one of the largest studies to date of ADHD medication’s safety were cautious in offering sweeping reassurances: heart attacks, strokes and sudden unexplained death are so rare in all children that detecting a true hike in heart attack and stroke risks might require a study much larger than this very large study, they warned.
The latest study comes against the backdrop of continued debate over how children should be screened for heart troubles before taking stimulant medication. It was published Monday in the journal Pediatrics.
The study, which was funded by Pennsylvania-based Shire Pharmaceuticals (maker of Adderall and the newer Vyvanse, both stimulant medications, and Intuniv, a non-stimulant add-on medication recently approved for ADHD), reviewed the medical records of 241,417 children on ADHD medications of all kinds, comparing rates of ventricular arrhythmia, heart attack, stroke, sudden unexplained death and death due to any cause with those of a much larger group of peers not on medication. In fact, researchers were unable to confirm any cases of stroke or heart attack in the population of ADHD medication users — certainly evidence that if they are at greater risk of such events than kids not on medication, such an increase would be very small”:
I take three medications for my autism which one of them is Adderall. I have had long-term concerns about the impact of Adderall on my heart, especially when I got older. Based on this study, I can have increased assurance that I am not going to heart attack due to long-term use of Adderall. And that is some good news
Bad non-verbal habits that I need to work on.
* Looking away from the group
* Constantly physically distracted especially with my Smartphone
* Lacking a nonverbal response to comments being stated.
* Facial expresions that look offensive to other participants
* Body langiuage or facial expressions that show a lack of intrest in what other people are saying
* Physically walking away from the group as others are talking.
These are bad habits that I frequently engage in. For a long time, I have not taken active ownership of these problems and not have been willing to let them go. It is time that I learn that these problems often hinder my relationships with others. Before I go out with friends on social occasions, I must read this checklist to ensure that I do not engage in these nonverbal behaviors. If I avoid doing the subject bad habits, my relationships with others will improve.