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On 2/1/2018 at 11:44 AM, Springfield said:

 

I do think that’s been curtailed within the last few years.  10 years ago, I was getting a 30 day supply for Vicodin every time I had a cavity or needed dental work.  Now, I get nothing.  

 

A year ago I had a tooth pulled and was prescribed 50 Percoset pills, when the dentist told my pain wouldn't last beyond 24 hours. 

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On ‎2‎/‎10‎/‎2018 at 11:51 PM, Gamebreaker said:

 

A year ago I had a tooth pulled and was prescribed 50 Percoset pills, when the dentist told my pain wouldn't last beyond 24 hours. 

 

Can you send me a message with the name of that dentist?

On ‎1‎/‎23‎/‎2018 at 7:22 PM, Kosher Ham said:

 

Ehh, AIDS/HIV wasn't really recognized by the US until after Reagan was elected. It was a couple of years later that they made the connection between the two. 

At the time Reagan was elected it was widely considered something that was mostly happening in Africa. 

 

As far as his stance with minorities overall though. I mostly agree. He did appoint Sandra Day. 

 

Reagan had to be forced against his will and in the face of increasing public concern to even utter the word "AIDS."

 

Reagan pushed tough on crime legislation that if it was not overtly designed to do so had the practical effect of turning a remarkably high percentage of young black men into felons. Reagan started his campaign in 1980 in Philadelphia, Mississippi as a way to make a secret promise to white voters of a certain mindset. He then spent his presidency fulfilling that promise.

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Overdose deaths fuel surge in organ donations

 

Organ donations in Michigan and nationwide hit record numbers in 2017, due in part to the availability of life-saving hearts, kidneys, livers and other organs that came from people who overdosed on opioid drugs.

 

Organ donations can bring years — even decades — of life to their recipients because overdose victims are often younger than typical donors and have healthy organs despite their addictions.

 

When 33-year-old Ryan Anderson of Traverse City died of a drug overdose on Feb. 1, 2017, his mother, Laurie Anderson, and his family decided to donate his organs.

 

Nearly a year after Ryan’s death, she and four other family members met in January in Ann Arbor with his donor recipients, and she was able to hear her son’s heart beat through the chest of 64-year-old Peter Archangel of Northville. Joel Renauer of Temperance, 67, received his lungs, a 48-year-old woman received his liver, and his kidneys went to a 33-year-old woman and a 27-year-old man.


“It was very emotional, I was almost speechless,” Archangel said of the meeting. “She came and hugged me and wanted to hear the heart.

 

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For all their risks, opioids had no pain-relieving advantage in a yearlong clinical trial

 

For years, doctors turned to opioid painkillers as a first-line treatment for chronic back pain and aches in the joints. Even as the dangers of addiction and overdoses became more clear, the drugs' pain-relieving benefits were still thought to justify their risks.

 

Now researchers have hard data that challenges this view.

 

In the first randomized clinical trial to make a head-to-head comparison between opioids and other kinds of pain medications, patients who took opioids fared no better over the long term than patients who used safer alternatives.

 

"There was no significant difference in pain-related function between the 2 groups over 12 months," researchers reported Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Assn.

 

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I've got some serious lower back pain that has lasted 3-4 weeks. Was thinking about asking my doctor for some opioids. NSAIDs mess my stomach up too much. I could smoke some potent California marijuana but I doubt that would do anything. I saw Shaq on a commercial yesterday, maybe I'll try Icy Hot.

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8 hours ago, abdcskins said:

I've got some serious lower back pain that has lasted 3-4 weeks. Was thinking about asking my doctor for some opioids. NSAIDs mess my stomach up too much. I could smoke some potent California marijuana but I doubt that would do anything. I saw Shaq on a commercial yesterday, maybe I'll try Icy Hot.

 

When I crushed my back lifting something heavy, the best thing for me was getting some steroids. 

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2 hours ago, dfitzo53 said:

I'm not totally sure I buy that, at least in the short term. 

 

Coming from someone who smoked every day for about a decade, I don’t buy it either.

 

Marijuana becomes your identity.  Not that you go everywhere advertising your illegal habit but you live a lifestyle that marijuana conforms to.  Music, food, movies, games.  Lack of drive, lack of activity, lack of motivation.  Because when you’re high, it’s just cool man.  No big deal.  The music is better, the movies are more meaningful, food is tastier.  Why go jogging when you can just be chill.  Why work out.

 

Its a chill lifestyle... man.

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