Saturday, September 10, 2016

208th post


Back to the past when I was just a kid....

I don't remember much else as Father drove into Bridgewater after leaving

the corner where the black horse and buckboard stand today. 

I know that main street was very narrow just like it is today because the 

houses that are along the way are old, mostly clapboard and a few are 

brick. I know this because I've walked this street over 2,000 times 

(20 times a month times 12 for a year and 10 years average of Mother 

and I doing things together and later on when she needed my help more).

There was on the left no pizza places, Subway, Family Dollar, (a service 

station as they called it then was maybe there, but not like the present 

Exxon that's there today).  


Bill and I are usually up by 4:00 AM, he sits in his lounge chair and watches

Cleveland TV news and I sit here typing on my laptop to produce another 

story. I can hear the newscasters and type at the same time and I'm 

wondering if I'm a multi-tasker. I thought only women were multi-taskers

and, as far as I know, I ain't no woman or a transgender?

There is a heroin epidemic here and users are dying right and left because 

of overdosing and I'm sure that it's not only here, but also nation and 


The Washington Post


This story has been updated.

"On Wednesday afternoon, a police officer in East Liverpool, Ohio, 

stopped a vehicle for driving erratically and made a shocking 

discovery: The driver was barely conscious. A woman was slumped 

across the passenger seat next to him, turning blue.

In the back of the vehicle, a 4-year-old boy sat restrained in a car 

seat, according to a police report.

The officer called an ambulance, and when the EMTs arrived, they 

administered the lifesaving drug Narcan, used to reverse opioid 

overdoses. After 47-year-old James Lee Acord and 50-year-old 

Rhonda L. Pasek were revived, police arrested them and contacted 

Columbiana County Children’s Services.

Acord pleaded no contest and was sentenced to 180 days in jail on 

charges of driving under the influence and endangering children, 

according to a local news report. Pasek pleaded not guilty to 

charges of disorderly conduct, endangering children and a 

seat-belt violation.

It seemed like just another day of near-tragedy on the front 

lines of America’s opioid epidemic. But the East Liverpool 

incident was unique in one key respect: Someone at the scene

snapped photos of the adults passed out in the car with the 

grim-faced child sitting in back. The city of East Liverpool then 

took the surprising step of posting those photos to its public 

Facebook page."

[The heroin epidemic's toll: One county, 70 minutes, 8 overdoses]

"“It is time that the non drug using public sees what we are now 

dealing with on a daily basis,” the city wrote in the accompanying 

post. “We feel we need to be a voice for the children caught up in 

this horrible mess. This child can’t speak for himself but we are 

hopeful his story can convince another user to think twice about 

injecting this poison while having a child in their custody.”"

"The post has spread like wildfire on Facebook in the day since it 

went up, shared more than 22,000 times and eliciting more than 

3,000 comments by Friday evening.

Commenters were split on the merits of the photo, with some saying 

the child’s face should have been blurred out, while others expressed 

gratitude to the city for showing what the effects of opioid use look like."

Brian Allen, the city’s director of public service and safety, said the 

city received a public records request for the photos from a local TV 

station. After discussion involving Allen’s office, the mayor’s office and 

the city’s legal council, they decided to release the photos without 

blurring the child’s face.

Allen said authorities in East Liverpool, a city of 11,000 people, are 

dealing with heroin-related cases on a daily basis.

“We had two overdoses yesterday,” he said. “Today we raided a dealer’s 

house and arrested a user.”

Ohio is in the throes of a heroin and opioid epidemic that shows no 

sign of abating. Last year, a record  3,050 people in Ohio died of 

drug overdoses.

The crisis affects all parts of the state, but it has been particularly 

severe in small cities such as East Liverpool, and in other rural areas 

in the eastern and southern parts of the state near the Ohio River. 

Once a mighty industrial artery for Middle America, the Ohio River 

is now dotted with communities that have lost much of their economic

strength as factories have closed and jobs have vanished.

East Liverpool is in Columbiana County, which ranks 57th among 

Ohio’s 88 counties on health outcomes, as measured by the County 

on Foundation. The rankings take many factors into account, 

including premature deaths, obesity and smoking.

[The heroin epidemic was once mostly immune from politics. 

Not anymore.]

Kathleen McCoy, a chemical dependency specialist at the 

Counseling Center of Columbiana County said that heroin is a 

big problem in the county. She said that there are resources to 

help people struggling with substance abuse, but that a big 

barrier is getting people to seek help.

She said when she looks at the photographs of Acord and Pasek, 

she sees a depiction of a terrible illness.

“I have an understanding of how addiction is a disease in the brain; 

it’s a chronic illness that can be treated,” McCoy said. “So you’re 

looking at two individuals, in the car with a child. And you’re looking 

at — once people get addicted, it’s more of a sickness that needs to be 

treated, versus these are terrible people.”

It’s not clear exactly what drug Pasek and Acord had taken.

Ohio recently has been overwhelmed by a new wave of fentanyl, an 

extremely powerful synthetic opioid that killed the pop singer Prince. 

Fentanyl was responsible for more than a third of the state’s overdose 

deaths in 2015, according to state data.

More recently, the state has seen a rise of carfentanil use, an elephant 

tranquilizer so dangerous that a tiny flake can trigger an overdose. 

Carfentanil has been implicated in the explosion of overdose cases 

late last month in Cincinnati. At least eight people have died of 

carfentanil overdoses, the Hamilton County coroner determined, 

according to CNN.

Acord has been arrested for multiple offenses across several 

states, according to public records, including driving under the

influence, public intoxication and unarmed robbery. Many of the 

alleged offenses occurred in the 1990s.

Court records indicate Pasek was arrested for a number of offenses 

in the early- and mid-2000s, including menacing, intoxication, 

resisting arrest and leaving the scene of an accident.

Allen, the public safety director, said the county has been 

overwhelmed by the opioid problem and doesn’t have enough 

places to send people who have become addicted to the powerful 


“We have no place to send them,” Allen said. “We arrest them, 

they go back out and they do it again.”"

"Other small cities are facing similar pressures. The city of 

Huntington, W.Va., (pop. 49,000) recently saw 26 heroin overdose 

cases in a span of four hours.

In the southern Ohio town of Portsmouth, “pill mills” where doctors 

dispense opioids promiscuously have become common, leading to a 

government crackdown. Between 2011 and 2014, the state revoked 

the licenses of 61 doctors and 15 pharmacists.

[‘This is unprecedented’: 174 heroin overdoses in 6 days in Cincinnati]

But the addictions — the craving for the high that comes from 

opioids — remained. Many addicts switched to cheaper heroin, 

much of it coming in from Mexico.

Nationally, heroin overdose deaths have risen sharply, from 1,960 

in 1999 to 10,574 in 2014, according to the Centers for Disease 

Control and Prevention.

Ohio’s drug overdose death rate has been one of the highest in the 

nation. In particular, Ohio heroin deaths jumped more than tenfold 

between 2003 and 2014, from 87 to 1,196, according to the Ohio 

Department of Health....

"In Columbiana County, the death rate for all drug overdoses stood 

at 22.3 deaths per 100,000 in 2014, adjusted for age, according to the 

CDC. That’s slightly lower than Ohio’s overdose death rate of 24.6

per 100,000, but significantly higher than the national rate of 14.7.

Allen says more people need to understand what the front lines of 

that epidemic actually look like to the people responding to it.

“Sometimes the truth is hard to see,” he said, “and that’s what this 

photo is. The truth.”"

Joel Achenbach and  Alice Crites contributed to this report.

You can find the photo on Facebook and as a news article at the 

Washington Post newspaper. I have not learned to upload photos to

Facebook, but I will. You really need to see this photo.

The weather forecasters are calling for thunderstorms this afternoon, so if 

this true, I won't have to water the flower gardens tomorrow morning. You 

all know that weather forecasters can be wrong everyday and still keep 

their jobs, don't you?

Rio Paralympics 2016: Great Britain win seven gold medals on day two

By Amy Lofthouse

BBC Sport

10 September 2016

From the section Disability Sport

2016 Paralympic Games

Venue: Rio de Janeiro Dates: 7-18 September.

"Sprinter Jonnie Peacock won Great Britain's seventh gold medal of an 

extraordinary second day of the Paralympic Games in Rio. Peacock, 23, 

retained his T44 100m title with a dominant performance.

Cyclists Sophie Thornhill, with pilot Helen Scott, and Jody Cundy earlier 

won gold medals in the velodrome.

Georgie Hermitage, Sophie Hahn and Libby Clegg claimed victory in 

their respective 100m finals while Ellie Robinson, 15, won gold in the pool.

Peacock's victory helped ParalympicsGB, who won three of their gold 

medals in nine minutes, take their medal tally to 27, including 12 golds.

Robinson set a Paralympic record to win the women's 50m butterfly S6 

in 35.58 seconds while Steph Slater won silver in the women's 

100m butterfly S8.

There were also Games records for Thornhill and Scott - in the 

women's B 1,000m time trial - and Cundy, who won the C4-5 1km.

Hermitage, meanwhile, set a world record of 13.13 seconds to win 

the T37 title, before Hahn won her T38 final in 12.62

Clegg broke the world record en route to winning the T11 100m, 

after being reinstated following an earlier disqualification.

Stef Reid and Ali Jawad won silvers in the long jump and powerlifting 

respectively, while club thrower Gemma Prescott, powerlifter Zoe 

Newson, and swimmers Susannah Rodgers and Lewis White secured 


Three golds in nine minutes

21:35 BST - Cundy wins his third Paralympic gold, with fellow Briton 

Jon-Allan Butterworth fourth.

21:37 BST - Hermitage breaks the world record to take gold in her 

first Paralympic appearance.

21:44 BST - European champion Hahn wins ParalympicGB's third 

gold in quick succession, with Kadeena Cox taking bronze.""


Note: I will display the medal count from BBC News tonight.


Science & Environment

World's wilderness reduced by a tenth since 1990s

By Helen Briggs 

"Toos van Noordwijk, director of engagement and science at Earthwatch

Institute (Europe), said the research highlighted a very troubling trend 

that affects us all.

"In Europe, we lost most of our wilderness long before 1990," she said.

"But even here, biodiversity is still declining, as will be demonstrated 

again by the State of Nature report that will be released next Wednesday."

She said we all shared responsibility for the main cause of this loss 

around the world - unsustainable land use, particularly for agriculture.

But she said the good news was that there were more opportunities for 

action than ever before, including the growing field of citizen science.

"We urgently need to embrace these opportunities to preserve wilderness 

areas and a rich biodiversity," she added.

Follow Helen on Twitter.


I remember working with Father on several jobs he had to provide income

for our family after he stopped his construction business when Mother kept 

the books. I believe I told you all about his construction of the house for us 

on Thompson Street in Dayton, but I ain't sure, so I'll tell it again.

The part I remember is that Father paid to me 25 cents an hour to dig footers

the old fashion way with digging iron, pick and shovel. I was real happy 

about that because I liked to play baseball and I needed a brand new 

white baseball with sewed linings....



"If you can do just one kindness everyday for a person who needs 

assistance, you are adding to the kindness of the world."

Forrest Caricofe

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No results found for "If you can do just one kindness everyday for a 

person who needs assistance, you are adding to the kindness of 

the world.".


I told you earlier about the Cleveland TV weather forecasters saying 

it would rain this afternoon, but I did not look at the weather map, I was 

only listening, so if it does rain, I won't have to water the flowers 

tomorrow morning and I won't have to water the flowers this morning 

because it rained yesterday and that took my place of doing it.

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