Happy pills no laughing matter

first_imgLinkedin NewsLocal NewsHappy pills no laughing matterBy admin – October 15, 2009 864 13 year-old hospitalised after taking ‘Jokers’LAWS governing the sale of hallucinogenic and other stimulants from head shops have been questioned by the mother of a young teenage girl, who was hospitalised after purchasing and consuming party pills – otherwise known as happy pills – that she was told would “make her laugh”.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up This newspaper was contacted by the mother of the 13-year-old girl who lost feeling in both her legs and collapsed before being rushed to the Regional Hospital, where she was placed on a heart monitor.Now she warns parents of the dangers of some products available for sale in head shops.The girl was twice refused in separate head shops before finally purchasing a packet of ‘Jokers’ (party pills containing a mixture of ketones, herbal extracts and glucose).After taking the pills with her friend, both felt immediately ill. One claimed to have lost feeling in her hands, while the other collapsed and had to be taken to hospital.Both parents contacted the Gardai, but were alerted that no legislation exists to prohibit the sale of these products to anyone under 18.It is alleged when they bought the pills, they enquired as to what the effects they would have, and were reportedly informed that it would make them laugh.Robert Gardiner, proprietor of the city centre head shop Dark Side, stated: “Consumption of those pills for girls of that age would have the same effect as drinking 10 cans of red bull because of the high caffeine content.“The effects would vary from person to person. However, a child consuming those pills would be a lot more at risk than a person over the age of 18”.Although it is legal for shops to sell party pills and herbal incenses to all ages, local head shop owners are adamant that they refuse to sell their products to people under 18.The parents concerned fear that children might be at risk from taking party pills.They are calling for legislation to be brought in to ban the sale of these products to people under the age of 18.A legal source informed this newspaper of the grey area which these products fall into: “There seems to be no legislative powers in place as these products do not fall under the Misuse of Drugs Act, which would make them illegal. They are not regulated by the Pharmacies Act, where a prescription would be required; however any of the tobacco products would not available for sale to anyone under 18”.Local Labour TD, Jan O’ Sullivan, who has voiced her concerns about head shops in the past, said: “We clearly have a big problem that is directly affecting younger people”.After learning of the incident involving the girl being hospitalised, Deputy O’Sullivan is to put a Parliamentary question to the Dáil this week regarding the legal grey area which exists.A Limerick doctor, who preferred not to be identified, agreed with Deputy O’Sullivan’s concerns.“I have seen similar cases in the past”, he said.Robert Gardiner said, “A child consuming these pills would be a lot more at risk than a person over the age of 18” Email WhatsApp Advertisementcenter_img Print Facebook Twitter Previous articleReported crime down in city and countyNext articleUnusual position for Munster adminlast_img read more

Weekly unemployment claims increase again

first_imgWeekly unemployment claims increased more dramatically last week following several up and down months. For the week of April 10, 2010, there were 1,240 new regular benefit claims for Unemployment Insurance, an increase of 266 from the week before. Altogether 14,472 new and continuing claims were filed, a decrease of 60 from a week ago and 4,020 fewer than a year earlier. The Department also processed 4,218 First Tier claims for benefits under Emergency Unemployment Compensation, 2008 (EUC08), 210 fewer than a week ago. In addition, there were 3,117 Second Tier claims for benefits processed under the EUC08 program, which is a decrease of 64 from the week before. The Unemployment Weekly Report can be found at: http://www.vtlmi.info/(link is external). Previously released Unemployment Weekly Reports and other UI reports can be found at: http://www.vtlmi.info/lmipub.htm#uc(link is external)last_img read more

Clippers rookies key overtime victory over Oklahoma City

first_img Game 4 photos: Luka Doncic, Mavs shock Clippers in overtime What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 “Want them to play hard, play together. I’m coaching them hard. Doc is up there the first half, he coached them hard. It’s just in our system to win games.“Those guys did a great job doing the things we needed them to do for us to win a basketball game.”It was the Mann and Coffey Show largely because the Clippers exercised caution with the postseason a couple days away. Said Rivers, via Zoom, before the game: “I’m just going to go with rest tonight and go hard in practice the next couple of days.”Those resting included stars Leonard and Paul George, along with Lou Williams and Marcus Morris Sr. Also unavailable: Montrezl Harrell, who, a league source confirmed Friday, is being made to quarantine for seven days, a duration that will stretch until Monday. Sidelined as well: Patrick Beverley (strained left calf) and Landry Shamet (sprained left foot).That left the Clippers (49-23) with only eight players — enough with Cassell taking the reins on the sideline in the third quarter, which L.A. opened on a 13-2 run to turn a 12-point deficit into a 50-49 lead with 8:50 to play in the period.After the Thunder reserves pulled back ahead midway through the fourth quarter, Joakim Noah (nine points, six assists and five rebounds) found Patrick Patterson (17 points) for a 3-pointer that put the Clippers ahead again, 81-80. A few more lead changes and the game went to overtime, tied 87-87.Coffey’s presence with the starting unit gave the Clippers their 33rd lineup in this unprecedented 72-game regular season. Joining Coffey on the floor at tipoff: JaMychal Green (13 points), Reggie Jackson, Rodney McGruder and Ivica Zubac — the only regular starter of the group, who played only 11 minutes, his fewest in the bubble.Now the Clippers — who finished the season with a .681 winning percentage, fourth-best in franchise history — turn their attention to the postseason. They’ll begin their pursuit of the franchise’s first NBA title, without knowing if and when they’ll have all their personnel to help with what they hope is an historic push.“A coach’s job is to always be worried,” Rivers said. “So I guess that would be the extent of it. Other than that, I don’t ever worry too much about it. It is what it is.“Nothing I can about it. Things don’t go the way they’re planned. In this case, that’s been the case, but you make do of it and we gotta get going. We gotta get our rhythm during the playoffs as quickly as possible.”Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “That moment was awesome,” Mann said. “He was just telling me, ‘You’re one assist away, don’t force it, but go get it.’”Still, Mann’s 25 points, 14 rebounds and nine assists — all career bests — made him just the second rookie in team history, along with Griffin, to record such a stat line, and just the fifth player in the franchise history overall.Mann — whose 3-pointer in the waning seconds of a 126-103 victory over New Orleans on Aug. 1 was the Clippers’ 25th of the game, establishing a franchise record — also scored nine of the Clippers’ final 20 points in a closely contested overtime period.And in his first NBA start, Amir Coffey responded with a career-high in points (21) and steals (four) against the Thunder (44-28), who also rested starters entirely or for most of the game.“We expect the same things from our young guys that we expect from our stars of our team,” said Clippers assistant coach Sam Cassell, who took over for Coach Doc Rivers after halftime. Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum The Clippers’ reserves got all the run, had all the fun — and then some — in a 107-103 overtime victory to close the regular season Friday before they begin play in their Western Conference first-round playoff series Monday against Dallas.With the second-seed secured, the result of Friday’s seeding finale was academic. But that didn’t matter to a pair of 23-year-old rookie guards, who capitalized on the moment with career efforts.Terance Mann had his first NBA double-double and came an assist shy of joining Lamar Odom and Blake Griffin as the only Clippers rookies to record a triple-double.PreviousThe Los Angeles Clippers and the Oklahoma City Thunder kneel during the national anthem prior to an NBA basketball game Friday, Aug. 14, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Mike Ehrmann/Pool Photo via AP)Los Angeles Clippers’ Terance Mann (14) drives the ball as Oklahoma City Thunder’s Darius Bazley (7) defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Aug. 14, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Mike Ehrmann/Pool Photo via AP)Oklahoma City Thunder’s Darius Bazley, left, and Los Angeles Clippers’ Joakim Noah (55) battle for a pass during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Aug. 14, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Mike Ehrmann/Pool Photo via AP) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Clippers’ Joakim Noah (55) rebounds as Oklahoma City Thunder’s Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) watches during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game Friday, Aug. 14, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Mike Ehrmann/Pool Photo via AP)Los Angeles Clippers’ Amir Coffey (7) dunks against the Oklahoma City Thunder during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game Friday, Aug. 14, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Mike Ehrmann/Pool Photo via AP)Oklahoma City Thunder’s Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) handles the ball as Los Angeles Clippers’ Ivica Zubac (40) defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Aug. 14, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Mike Ehrmann/Pool Photo via AP)Oklahoma City Thunder’s Steven Adams (12) wins the tip-off against Los Angeles Clippers’ Ivica Zubac (40) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Aug. 14, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Mike Ehrmann/Pool Photo via AP)Devon Hall #14 of the Oklahoma City Thunder drives the ball against Rodney McGruder #19 of the LA Clippers during the third quarter at The Field House at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on August 14, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)Joakim Noah #55 of the LA Clippers on the floor during the fourth quarter against the Oklahoma City Thunder at The Field House at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on August 14, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)Oklahoma City Thunder’s Mike Muscala (33) and Los Angeles Clippers’ Joakim Noah, left, battle for position during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game Friday, Aug. 14, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Mike Ehrmann/Pool Photo via AP)Terance Mann #14 of the LA Clippers drives the ball during the fourth quarter against the Oklahoma City Thunder at The Field House at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on August 14, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)Los Angeles Clippers assistant coach Tyronn Lue, left, shakes hands with Oklahoma City Thunder’s Chris Paul during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Friday, Aug. 14, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Mike Ehrmann/Pool Photo via AP)The Los Angeles Clippers and the Oklahoma City Thunder kneel during the national anthem prior to an NBA basketball game Friday, Aug. 14, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Mike Ehrmann/Pool Photo via AP)Los Angeles Clippers’ Terance Mann (14) drives the ball as Oklahoma City Thunder’s Darius Bazley (7) defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Aug. 14, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Mike Ehrmann/Pool Photo via AP)NextShow Caption1 of 12Los Angeles Clippers’ Terance Mann (14) drives the ball as Oklahoma City Thunder’s Darius Bazley (7) defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Aug. 14, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Mike Ehrmann/Pool Photo via AP)ExpandHe said he knew he was close in the fourth quarter, when his teammates alerted him to their running tally. During one timeout late in the game, Mann said he got advice from Kawhi Leonard (who recorded his first career triple-double this season with 33 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in a 122-117 victory over Miami). For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Clippers’ Paul George: ‘If I make shots, this series could be a little different’ last_img read more