Demoralized Jeb Bush Succumbs to Heroin Epidemic in New Hampshire


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Demoralized Jeb Bush Succumbs

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To New Hampshire 

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Heroin Epidemic

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Headlines, the Onion

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– The picture of Jeb is wonderful –

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All street drugs should be legalized and in free clinics

where counseling is also available only if desired.

Why We Need To Image Glia, Cure Addiction, & Get Good Pain Control

Not just for former NFL players dying of CTE

Who does not fear Alzheimers?

 

Ever thought about neuroinflammation?

A renowned researcher imaged glia at Max Planck in the 1990’s,

now in Sydney

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Professor Richard Banati is an internationally recognized scientist with interdisciplinary research interests in the brain’s innate immune system and the development of advanced medical imaging for the non-invasive study of brain function.

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Look, we already spent a trillion dollars on the war on drugs. And what does Prohibition breed? Gangs, the drug mafia.

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Don’t worry, I’ll tie this together, but I want you to understand this is a unified field.

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The heroin epidemic is a big issue including among upper and middle class. It’s everywhere and cheap.

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Pain is a neurological disease, so is addiction. So are psychiatric diseases (Freud). Don’t you think it’s about time we studied them? All street drugs need to be legalized. Research: Portugal decriminalized drugs 14 years ago. It saves billions and treats the cause. Shall we base the practice of medicine on criminal justice or a health-based approach?

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A major cause of addiction and or heroin abuse is seeking pain relief. People use heroin for pain: think former NFL football players, athletes, business people, mothers, actors, people of all ages with nerve and bone crushing diseases – a major cause of addiction is people cannot get pain treated, even if they are rich or live in certain states like Florida where laws are unusually strict.

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Jeb Bush actually was the governor when some of the strictest laws of the country were enacted in his state to prevent adequate pain medication. His current statement says:

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“Beyond the Mexican cartels, abuse of prescription painkillers, such as hydrocodone and oxycodone, is a contributing cause of the epidemic of heroin and fentanyl abuse, and a major concern in its own right. A staggering four in 10 Americans know someone who has been addicted to prescription painkillers.”

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He enumerates the devastating financial costs when we do things the old way. And wants stiffer law enforcement. Research shows the opposite works better, saves billions. Portugal.

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It’s a hot topic. Who can disagree? Drug laws don’t work – research in 11 countries. Inescapable.

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Shocking that so many pain specialists and pain researchers in Florida have strong words to say about Florida laws that tie the hands for pain relief.

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From a conservative view point, you’d think government should take its hands off and allow medicine to follow standard of practice set by research, not politicians.

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Florida attracts former athletes and seniors who like warm weather on their bones and joints.

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Jeb was also the governor who signed the “Stand your ground laws.” How wise or controversial is that? How many states have jailed patients for seeking pain control like Florida? See 60 Minutes more than a decade ago. Maybe Jeb will be swayed by research. We all need to understand the brain. Ask every candidate how much their health plan covers behavioral therapy. Pain is an emotional experience. So is addiction. Biological too. But the emotionals have to cope with it. The amygdala gets battered by fear and pain and craving.

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All things being equal, pain care is most difficult in Florida.

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I know plenty of pain patients who stop craving when they have a spare they know they can always rely on, rather than squeek by with not enough. Fear is a natural reaction with pain. More than a third of middle class cancer patients at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center overused their opioids or loaned them to a friend per a study done around 1991 when I was there. It gets confusing what we are dealing with. And some people don’t always follow rules – does your mother? Grandmother? 

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You can lose everything when you have severe pain. If you cannot concentrate, then you cannot play bal.l no matter how high paying and dynamic your job could be. Pain takes everything out of you. All that free time, wanting to go back to work – it used to be your life. Playing football, disabled at 24, made the team but injuries. No money. Heroin is everywhere. I’ve seen how retiring as a major player destroys the ego. Even Namath mentioned that the other day, did he not? Imagine the pain taking you out early when you held such promise.

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You may not be an addict, but you know heroin is cheap. Pain justifies many things. Loss of job, loss of friends as old friends call you for Christmas or Thanksgiving but pain is so severe you always have to pass.

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A major cause of addiction or heroin abuse is failure to obtain pain relief.

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I’d like to see this research:

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  • How many suicides are related to untreated pain?

  • How many heroin addicts have untreated pain?

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We need research to inform the best approach. And we need to get up to speed on the vast benefits of legalizing all drugs of all kinds. See the results of Portugal’s studies. See the last thing I posted.

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Most important of all we must be able to image glia. The clinical work for that should begin in La Jolla near Scripps and UCSD where we have a nearby cyclotron and the renowned Alzheimer’s leadership at UCSD. CTE can be imaged and many former NFL players live here, as do seniors and a vibrant research community for stem cells and new immunopharmacologies. Scripps Research Institue, Sanford Burnham, so many renowned research institutes all new the scanner. Read my post January 2011 on glia, pain and the immune system.

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I am led to believe a politician would succumb of asphyxia if they mentioned there is a better way to treat addiction and pain.

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They should walk into any cancer hospital and see untreated pain. It’s not the cancer that always kills. UCLA research mid 1970’s by past president of the American Pain Society proved PAIN KILLS. It aggressively triggers cancer to grow faster and more metastatic, killing far sooner than the group whose cancer pain was treated.

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Pain Kills

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Heroin Kills.

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Legalize it and stop treating pain patients like addicts.

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Every single time they see a doctor or pharmacist, year after year, month after month until they are in tears.

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We Need:

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  • A billion dollars for pain research. Someone’s got to pursue repurposing old drugs for new uses: to reduce neuroinflammation and get at the root cause of all diseases it creates including neuronal death. Glia are 10 times more numerous than neurons. They are cells in the CNS that are your innate immune system. Inflammation is the basis of almost all known disease. 

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  • A billion dollars for addiction – Portugal’s model that legalizes all drugs.

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  • Finance this by holding back from the federal prisons that incarcerate youth who once had a fraction of an ounce of marijuana and were sentenced to life – man that costs a fortune! and from the trillion dollar war on drugs.

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Come on boys, it’s in your families too. Every politician knows someone with pain, Alzheimers, even addiction. Professor Banati knows the best way to proceed. He’s led the field since the 1990’s. How long will we wait to address brain damage? How long can we afford to overlook cells that outnumber neurons by 10 to 1? That create inflammation that destroys neurons?

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We have an epidemic.

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It costs money and lives.

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Who is not afraid of Alzheimers or of pain?

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