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

Wolf Administration Releases ‘Trauma-Informed PA’ Plan with Recommendations and Steps for the Commonwealth and Providers to Become Trauma-Informed

first_img Press Release,  Public Health As a companion to Governor Tom Wolf’s multi-agency effort and anti-stigma initiative, Reach Out PA: Your Mental Health Matters, the Office of Advocacy and Reform (OAR) is releasing the “Trauma-Informed PA” plan to guide the commonwealth and service providers statewide on what it means to be trauma-informed and healing-centered in PA.This plan is the result of four months of work from OAR and the Trauma-Informed PA Think Tank, formed in February. The think tank was made up of 25 experts chosen to participate from urban, suburban and rural communities throughout the commonwealth, and represents the fields of psychiatry, psychology, law enforcement, county government, clergy, social work, counseling, mindfulness, community development, education, sexual assault recovery, addiction recovery, domestic violence services, child maltreatment solutions, nursing, public health, pediatrics, prison re-entry and philanthropy.“Thanks to the Office of Advocacy and Reform and its think tank members for this innovative and vital plan on how to be trauma-informed, something many Pennsylvanians may not be familiar with, but that can be a guiding principle for our continuing efforts to support and protect our most vulnerable Pennsylvanians and everyone in our commonwealth,” Gov. Tom Wolf said.“When I first dove into this work in January and started to conceptualize the think tank and the process to build the plan, I thought this was the key to becoming a more prosperous state,” said Dan Jurman, the Executive Director of OAR. “But when COVID-19 hit, and then the George Floyd and subsequent police violence protests started, we knew that what we were working on would be crucial to healing a population in the midst of multiple traumas and chronic stress.”Healing and Preventing TraumaThe plan focuses on six key areas:1. Ensuring that PA state culture is trauma-informed through universal training2. Ensuring all state agencies’ policies and practices are trauma-informed and more focused on prevention and healing3. Mandating that all licensed and funded entities become trauma-informed4. Building and supporting grass roots / community-based efforts to become trauma-informed in every part of the commonwealth5. Recognizing and healing from the traumas of major crisis like COVID-196. Preventing and healing racial, communal and historical traumas, whether they be individual or systemicWithin these six areas there are 43 recommendations to be enacted starting this year. Those recommendations range from building a Pennsylvania network on the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Connection web platform to connect all community-based movements focused on ACEs and trauma, to reforming regulations and policies that can retraumatize children and families receiving services from the state.Next Steps“Our think tank included experts and professionals who’ve been working toward these ends for years,” added Jurman. “We’re especially grateful to Attorney General Josh Shapiro and his office for their work to make PA a trauma-informed state and for their contributions to our law enforcement recommendations.”While the think tank has been thanked for its work and has disbanded, its members have been invited to join state agency representatives to form a new Trauma-Informed PA leadership team, which will guide action teams tasked with prioritizing the recommendations, setting short and long-term goals, and assigning accountabilities to make the recommendations a reality. In addition to the 25 think tank members, another 70-plus trauma experts from all over the commonwealth have also been invited to join these action teams. All of these teams will also be expected to continue to push the envelope to make sure Pennsylvania not only keeps up with the latest science and trends in trauma and ACEs healing and prevention, but starts to set the bar for the nation.“Brain science shows us that untreated trauma has negative and costly effects not only on a person’s physical and mental health, but also on their ability to learn, experience healthy relationships and reach their full potential,” Jurman said. “From healthcare to workforce development to law enforcement to human services to community and economic development, if we want to truly thrive as a commonwealth, then we have to heal what is at the core of our challenges and not just treat symptoms, respond to never-ending crisis, and incarcerate. Hurt people hurt people, and with 38 percent of all Pennsylvanians having experienced child abuse, there’s a lot of hurt out there. It’s time to break the cycle by setting people on the path to true healing.”View the complete “Trauma-Informed PA” plan, which includes photos, locations and affiliations of think tank members.Ver esta página en español. Wolf Administration Releases ‘Trauma-Informed PA’ Plan with Recommendations and Steps for the Commonwealth and Providers to Become Trauma-Informed SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img July 27, 2020last_img read more

‘All systems go’ for Afcon 2013

first_img11 January 2013South Africa is ready to host a successful 2013 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon), the local organising committee (LOC) assured the continent on Friday.With just eight days to go before the opening match between South Africa and Cape Verde at National Stadium, the LOC says it has put in place plans that will ensure that every team and visitor to South Africa will be provided with an environment to enjoy the tournament and compete equally.LOC chairman Mwelo Nonkonyana told at a New Age breakfast briefing in Johannesburg on Friday that it was all systems go for the continent’s showpiece sporting event.The ‘Beat at Africa’s Feet’“The Orange Afcon 2013 awaits us. We will receive a multitude of people on our shores. Let them feel the ‘Beat at Africa’s Feet’. Let us receive them with the spirit of ubuntu as we celebrate Africa,” Nonkonyana said.South Africa took over the hosting of the tournament from Libya, which withdrew following the political turmoil during the Arab Spring.Having hosted a spectacular 2010 Fifa World Cup, with the highest standard sporting facilities and infrastructure, South Africa was the logical choice to take over from Libya at such short notice.The tournament will be played in five cities – Johannesburg, Port Elizabeth, Durban, Nelspruit and Rustenburg. All of them have upgraded or newly built stadiums.Ticket salesThe LOC has set a ticket sale target of 500 000 tickets. Sales currently stand at around 320 000, with a collective stadium capacity of over 800 000 seats.The slow tickets sales have been blamed on a lack of marketing of the tournament.LOC CEO Mvuzo Mbebe said it had been difficult to market the tournament properly because of financial constraints. “But we did the bit that we could with the limited resources we had,” he said, adding that marketing would be increased in the coming week.Afcon funding should not be compared with the Fifa World Cup marketing, which was driven by sponsors, he added.Mbebe said the hosting of the tournament was going to benefit the country in many ways, with 40 000 visitors expected to come from outside the country, 10 000 temporary jobs set to be created, and 2.3-billion global viewers are expected to follow the tournament on television.“The most important thing is to make sure that the all the stadiums are full,” said Mbebe, adding that he did not think the long distances between host cities would affect the numbers.Moving the fansThe committee has been working with the Department of Home Affairs and the SA Police Service to ensure that the tournament is a success.Home Affairs has planned for the large numbers of visitors and beefed up its staff at the country’s entry points. The department’s director-general, Mkuseli Apleni, said their slogan for Afcon was: “Embrace peace and diversity”.The department will grant visa waivers to the Confederation of African Football (CAF) delegation as well as national teams, as not all African countries are exempt from visa requirements to enter the country.Public viewing areasThe public broadcaster, which has the broadcasting rights, has also promised to broadcast all the games. SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng said they would have the best quality pictures.The Department of Sport and Recreation said it would set up public viewing areas in Orange Farm, Diepkloof, Sedibeng, Tshwane, Diepsloot and Ivory Park, among others.Sports and Recreation Minister Fikile Mbabula encouraged South Africans to rise to the occasion and welcome visitors from other countries, as well as fill the stadiums and support the national team.Although South Africa lost 1-0 to Norway in a friendly warm-up match this week, Mbabula was confident the national team would do well.“The team is looking good. They have the backing of the whole of South Africa … We can’t hold back, we need to go out and win for the whole country,” he said, calling on South Africans to get their tickets.For the opening match between Bafana Bafana and Cape Verde at Johannesburg’s National Stadium on 19 January, category 1 and 2 tickets (at R100 and R200 respectively) had been sold out, with only category 3 (R50) tickets available.Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

An update on nitrogen recommendations for wheat

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Do we have any wheat left in Ohio? I would like to see more acres. It makes our other two crops better and reduces weed, insect and disease problems for them, too. The new Ohio Agronomy Guide has just a bit of an update on spring nitrogen (N) recommendations for wheat in Ohio.We still suggest following the Tri-State Fertilizer Recommendations for N rates in wheat, with an update on the discussion of why. We do rely on yield potential of a field to make the recommendation. Once you have set a realistic yield goal, the recommendation may be based on the following table. These recommendations are for mineral soils with adequate drainage and 1% to 5% organic matter.Nitrogen rate for wheat by yield potential.Yield potentialTotal N ratebu/Alb/A60607075809090110100130 We do not give any credit for the previous soybean or cover crop, since we do not know if that organic N source will be mineralized for the wheat crop. The recommendation does suggest that you subtract from the total (spring N) any fall applied N up to 20 pounds of N per A.last_img read more

ACL reconstruction

first_imgDefinitionACL reconstruction is surgery to rebuild the ligament in the center of your knee. The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) keeps your shin bone (tibia) in place. A tear of this ligament can cause your knee to give way during physical activity.Alternative NamesAnterior cruciate ligament repairDescriptionMost people havegeneral anesthesia right before surgery. This means you will be asleep and pain-free. Other kinds of anesthesia may also be used for this surgery.The tissue to replace your damaged ACL will come from your own body or from a donor. A donor is a person who has died and chose to give all or part of his or her body to help others.Tissue taken from your own body is called an autograft. The two most common places to take tissue from are the knee cap tendon or the hamstring tendon. Your hamstring is the muscle behind your knee.Tissue taken from a donor is called an allograft.The procedure is usually performed with the help of knee arthroscopy. With arthroscopy, a tiny camera is inserted into the knee through a small surgical cut. The camera is connected to a video monitor in the operating room. Your surgeon will use the camera to check the ligaments and other tissues of your knee.Your surgeon will make other small cuts around your knee and insert other medical instruments. Your surgeon will fix any other damage found, and then will replace your ACL by following these steps:The torn ligament will be removed with a shaver or other instruments.If your own tissue is being used to make your new ACL, your surgeon will make a larger cut. Then, the autograft will be removed through this cut.Your surgeon will make tunnels in your bone to bring the new tissue through. This new tissue will be in the same place as your old ACL.Your surgeon will attach the new ligament to the bone with screws or other devices to hold it in place. As it heals, the bone tunnels fill in. This hold the new ligament in place.At the end of the surgery, your surgeon will close your cuts with sutures (stitches) and cover the area with a dressing. You may be able to view pictures after the procedure of what the doctor saw and what was done during the surgery.advertisementWhy the Procedure Is PerformedIf you don’t have your ACL reconstructed, your knee may continue to be unstable. This increases the chance you may have a meniscus tear. ACL reconstruction may be used for these knee problems:Knee that gives way or feels unstable during daily activitiesKnee painInability to continue playing sports or other activitiesWhen other ligaments are also injuredBefore surgery, talk to your doctor about the time and effort you will need to recover. You will need to follow a rehabilitation program for 4 to 6 months. Your ability to return to full activity will depend on how well you follow the program.RisksThe risks from any anesthesia are:Allergic reactions to medicinesBreathing problemsThe risks from any surgery are:BleedingInfectionOther risks from this surgery are:Blood clot in the legFailure of the ligament to healFailure of the surgery to relieve symptomsInjury to a nearby blood vesselPain in the kneeStiffness of the knee or lost range of motionWeakness of the kneeBefore the ProcedureAlways tell your doctor or nurse what drugs you are taking, even drugs, supplements, or herbs you bought without a prescription.During the 2 weeks before your surgery:You may be asked to stop taking drugs that make it harder for your blood to clot. These include aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), naproxen (Naprosyn, Aleve), and other drugs.Ask your doctor which drugs you should still take on the day of your surgery.If you have diabetes, heart disease, or other medical conditions, your surgeon will ask you to see your doctor who treats you for these conditions.Tell your doctor if you have been drinking a lot of alcohol, more than 1 or 2 drinks a day.If you smoke, try to stop. Ask your doctor for help. Smoking can slow down wound and bone healing.Always let your doctor know about any cold, flu, fever, herpes breakout, or other illnesses you may have before your surgery.On the day of your surgery:You will usually be asked not to drink or eat anything for 6 to 12 hours before the procedure.Take your drugs your doctor told you to take with a small sip of water.Your doctor or nurse will tell you when to arrive at the hospital.After the ProcedureadvertisementMost people can gohome the day of your surgery. You may have to wear a knee brace for the first 1 to 4 weeks. You also may need crutches for 1 to 4 weeks. Most people are allowed to move their knee right after surgery. This canhelpprevent stiffness. You may need medicinefor your pain.Physical therapy can help many people regain motion and strength in their knee. Therapy can last4 to 6 months.How soon you return to work will depend on the kind of work you do. It can be from a few days to a few months. A full return to activities and sportswill often take4 to 6 months.Outlook (Prognosis)Most people will have a stable knee that does not give way after ACL reconstruction. Better surgical methods and rehabilitation have led to:Less pain and stiffness after surgeryFewer complications with the surgery itselfFaster recovery time.ReferencesPhillips BB, Mihalko MJ. Arthroscopy of the lower extremity. In: Canale ST, Beaty JH, eds. Campbells Operative Orthopaedics. 12th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Mosby Elsevier; 2012:chap 51.Honkamp NJ, Shen W, Okeke N, Ferretti M, Fu FH. Knee: Anterior cruciate ligament injuries in the adult. In: DeLee JC, Drez D Jr, Miller MD, eds. DeLee and Drezs Orthopaedic Sports Medicine. 3rd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2009:chap 23, section D.Amy E, Micheo W. Anterior cruciate ligament tear: Knee and lower leg. In: Frontera WR, Silver JK, Rizzo TD Jr, eds. Essentials of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 2nd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2008:chap 55, section 7.Review Date:4/16/2013Reviewed By:C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.last_img read more

A potentially fatal lung illness is paralyzing the vaping world

first_imgIn today’s Big Story podcast, nobody can figure out what’s causing it, but hundreds of people are sick and six are dead. Most of them were young and healthy. The only thing they had in common was … vaping. That doesn’t mean everyone who vapes is at risk. It could be a bad batch of black market product. But it does mean that there’s a lot we don’t know about a new way to consume tobacco that’s becoming incredibly popular.So far, no cases have been reported in Canada. Or at least we haven’t found them. But the American government is planning drastic action. So what is Health Canada doing? What do you need to know if someone you know vapes? And what happens to a young industry that’s facing increasing public panic?GUEST: Carly Weeks, health reporter, The Globe and MailYou can subscribe to The Big Story podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google and Spotify.You can also find it at thebigstorypodcast.ca.last_img read more

The Toronto Maple Leafs Needed An American To Become Stanley Cup Contenders

When the NHL expanded in 1967, the Toronto Maple Leafs were, at least in terms of Stanley Cup championships won, the league’s second-most-successful franchise. They had won the Stanley Cup 13 times, just one fewer than the Montreal Canadiens, their Quebecois rivals. But while the modern era of the NHL1Defined as the time after that 1967 expansion from six to 12 teams. has been mostly good to the Canadiens — they’ve won the Stanley Cup 10 more times — it has been downright cruel to the Leafs: Their Stanley Cup tally remains stuck at 13, making the Leafs the only Original Six team that hasn’t lifted the Stanley Cup at least once in the NHL’s post-expansion age.Torontonians hope all that will change this season. The Leafs have jumped out to a quick start, winning six of their first nine games while scoring the fourth-most goals per game. The player doing a lot of that scoring — and a principal reason for Toronto’s early success — is a kid from the American desert named Auston Matthews.Of course, the California-born and Arizona-raised Matthews, who turned 21 last month, is a known entity at this point: In terms of point shares amassed in the first two seasons of a player’s career, he has been the best American since at least 1967-68, averaging 9.35 point shares per season. (Better than Mike Modano, better than Patrick Kane, better than Jeremy Roenick. You get the point.) If he can stay healthy and play into his late 30s, and keeping in mind that he hasn’t entered his prime yet, Matthews could finish with close to 200 point shares. This wouldn’t just qualify him as the greatest American player in NHL history; it would make him one of the best players in NHL history, period.Matthews, who averaged nearly a point per game as a 19- and 20-year-old, is averaging 1.78 points through nine games this season. The goals (he has 10 already) are coming easily, and if he keeps this up, he may break Alex Ovechkin’s post-1994-95 lockout record for goals in October.It’s unusual for an American to excel for a Canadian team. Many of the U.S. greats — Roenick, Modano and Kane, not to mention Brian Leetch, Chris Chelios and Pat LaFontaine — played the majority or the entirety of their careers stateside2To be sure, Canadian teams have had American heroes: Joe Mullen was the top point getter on the 1988-89 Calgary Flames team that won the Stanley Cup, and Gary Suter was that team’s second-best defenseman. Very young versions of John LeClair and Mathieu Schneider were pivotal role players on the 1992-93 Canadiens team that lifted the Cup. And the current iteration of the Winnipeg Jets is lousy with American talent.. In fact, it’s unusual for Americans to play in the Great White North at all. Some of that has to do with the drafting habits of Canadian teams: Just 51 of the 1,240 first-round draft picks since expansion have been Americans selected by Canadian teams, only four of whom were Toronto draftees. Americans have accounted for just 11.9 percent of skater games played for Canadian teams since expansion and have just 10.6 percent of the goals scored by Canadian teams. By contrast, Americans have accounted for 17.1 percent of player games played for American teams, and they have 15.0 percent of the goals scored by American teams. GamesGoalsAssistsPoints And in terms of Canadian teams that employ Americans, the Leafs rank low by percentage. Maple Leafs10.29.710.09.9 Canada11.9%10.6%10.9%10.7% Jets*21.521.422.822.3 United States17.115.015.515.3 Share by Americans Senators13.613.111.512.1 Only includes statistics by skaters (i.e., excludes goalies).Source: Hockey-Reference.com Share of Tm. Total by Americans Flames13.5%13.1%14.6%14.1% Which Canadian teams are outsourcing their hockey work?Share of total team player games played and offensive production (by skaters) for American players on Canadian franchises, 1967-68 to 2017-18 TeamGamesGoalsAssistsPoints Nordiques4. Canucks8. Oilers11.99.410.810.3 Canadiens12. Never trust an American to do a Canadian’s job, eh?Share of team stats produced by skaters born in the United States vs. Canada by franchise location, 1967-68 to 2017-18 * Includes both the pre-1997 Jets (who later became the Arizona Coyotes) and 2012-present Jets (who were formerly the Atlanta Thrashers).Source: Hockey-Reference.com Since expansion, Americans have accounted for just 10.2 percent of their skater games played. Only the Vancouver Canucks (8.8 percent) and Quebec Nordiques (4.4 percent)3Who, by the way, haven’t existed since they moved to Denver and became the Colorado Avalanche in 1995.have employed Americans at a lower rate. It’s strange, then, that they’ve hitched their wagon to a kid for whom pond hockey was a thing that only happened in Disney movies.The move has paid off so far: If Matthews isn’t the best player in the world, he’s not far off. And if he delivers the Stanley Cup to long-suffering Leafs fans, nobody in Toronto will think twice about where their savior grew up. read more