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Memories of Michael

Photos by Judi Iranyi

Photos by Judi Iranyi

Michael’s complete story is posted on my website in the “Remembering Michael”

Judi Iranyi for Global News Centre

(SAN FRANCISCO)   These 10 images are part of a visual story of my son Michael Paul Stone’s short life.  Michael died of AIDS in 1984, at the beginning of the AIDS crisis.  He was 19.  These images are to celebrate his short life, and to remind us that more than 1.2 million people in the United States are living with AIDS and almost 1 in 8 (12.8%) are unaware of their infection.

The word is “credibility” not “stigma” in the prescription opioid/heroin epidemic!

Anderson Cooper photo courtesy: CNN

Anderson Cooper photo courtesy: CNN

This past week CNN broadcast an Anderson Cooper interview on the prescription opioid/heroin epidemic at a Town Hall Meeting.

Marianne Skolek-Perez Global News Centre

(MYRTLE BEACH)  CNN has been accused by the U.S. Pain Foundation, a lobbying group for pharma in catering to the needs of chronic pain patients in their use of long term opioids, at stigmatizing the pain patients.  Paul Gileno, Founder and President of the foundation was “deeply troubled and disappointed by the one-sided, biased discussion surrounding pain medication that completely disregarded the voices of people living with debilitating pain” during the broadcast.

Corruption in the FDA worsens as child death toll mounts in drug epidemic

Robert Rappaport, MD,

Robert Rappaport, MD,

The corrupt behavior of the FDA’s employees is begging for an investigation.

Marianne Skolek Global News Centre

(MYRTLE BEACH)  On November 10, 2014 I wrote an article for Global News Centre regarding Robert Rappaport, MD, Division Director of Anesthesia, Analgesia and Addiction Products retirement from the FDA http://www.globalnewscentre.com/bob-rappaport-md-division-director-of-anesthesia-analgesia-and-addiction-products-at-fda-retires/#sthash.oHFov3R7.dpbs.  One of Dr. Rappaport’s biggest “contributions” to the American people before the FDA announced his retirement was approval of an opioid called Zohydro ER.  Zohydro ER was the first hydrocodone-only opioid in doses of 5 to 10 times more heroin-like narcotic than Vicodin.  The FDA disregarded their own Advisory Committee who voted 11-2 not to approve the opioid because of the Committee’s concerns about the potential impact on public health. How could the FDA approve Zohydro ER when there is no abuse deterrent built into the drug so when it is crushed, chewed or mixed with alcohol — the high probability of death exists? Didn’t the FDA violate their own directive that opioids would only be approved by them if there were a built-in abuse preventative in the drug?

I have never punished my child Parenting for a Nonviolent World

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“Listening” provided by Anahata Giri

Punishment undermines the very basis of parenting: maintaining a safe, clear, loving relationship between parent and child.

Anahata Giri for Global News Centre

(MELBOURNE)  I have never punished my child. This is not because I have some kind of freaky perfect child. My 8 year old son is a normal child who engages with the world with a natural childlike intensity. This means he sometimes challenges boundaries by doing what he wants and upsetting others. At times I am very upset by his actions and I have been stretched beyond my own boundaries many times. This can be really tough.

The Trip

Ford Model A - bringatrailer.com

Ford Model A – bringatrailer.com

Memories of an amazing childhood journey in 1938.

William Annett Global News Centre

(DAYTONA BEACH)   My father was born in Baptist Ontario, raised in Hell’s Kitchen near 34th Street in Manhattan, was in the trenches in France while still a boy and, invalided back to England, flew a rickety biplane in the Royal Flying Corps by the time he was 20. He was to see the banks and braes of bonny Scotland and,  de-mobbed in Toronto, he experienced the snows of the American West and the topless towers of Wall Street. By the onset of the Depression he had by some strange default become school principal in a tiny Alberta town in the middle of the Dust Bowl that endured for that most desolate decade, during which the entire western world seemed to hunker down in silent desperation.

Sackler Family, owners of the maker of OxyContin make list of America’s Richest

sacklersSince the Sackler family has attained the American dream in becoming multi-billionaires 14 times over, why don’t families consider having the Sacklers build state of the art medical facilities throughout the country to treat the disease of addiction?

Marianne Skolek Global News Centre

(MYRTLE BEACH) As families throughout the U.S. are losing their children to addiction and death because of the criminal lies in the marketing of OxyContin, the Sackler family lives a life style most people could only imagine.

Breaking the stigma of addiction – Matt’s story

mattphotoMatt had been prescribed large quantities of Percocet and Methadone by a pain management clinic in Delaware after his back injury and surgery.

Marianne Skolek Global News Centre

(MYRTLE BEACH)   On January 3, 2015, Matthew Klosowski died from a prescription drug overdose.  Matt had become addicted to prescription opioids after suffering a back injury and resulting surgery in Delaware.  He was 37 years old when he died in a hotel room in Florida.  I connected with Matt’s mom, Marybeth Cichocki shortly after his death.  Marybeth wanted to tell Matt’s story and I wanted to hear it.

Florida Board of Medicine you have a pill mill crisis in your state! Why are you contributing to it?

Surveillance image from what was once South Florida's largest pill mill. Courtesy: wsvn.com

Surveillance image from what was once South Florida’s largest pill mill. Courtesy: wsvn.com

Have you seen the statistics in Florida of the deaths and addictions to controlled substances? 

Marianne Skolek Global News Centre

(MYRTLE BEACH)   There is an organization of ordinary citizens operating out of Florida called StoppNow.  Here is a link to their website http://stoppnow.com/?page_id=252.  These ordinary citizens recognize that pill mills operating out of storefront buildings are warehouses of prescription opioids who are dispensing pills to hopelessly addicted people lined up outside the storefront pill mills.  So StoppNow organizes picket lines in front of the pill mills calling attention to law enforcement and the D.E.A. that people are dying and families torn apart because of these pill mills.  Ordinary citizens saving lives — heroes in every sense of the word.

Be present on Father’s Day

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Be quick on the visits and the telephone this Father’s Day. Regardless if you are the child or parent, the present is what we have and absence must be a thing of the past.

Dr. Glenn Mollette Global News Centre

(NEWBURGH, Indiana)  Sadly, too many Americans are growing up without the presence of a father. According to the U.S. Census Bureau 24 million children live in biological-absent father homes.

The positive impacts of having dad around are numerous such as better social-emotional and academic functioning and fewer behavioral problems. Children in father-absent homes are almost four times more likely to be poor. In 2011, 12 percent of children in married-couple families were living in poverty, compared to 44 percent of children in mother-only families.*

Legacy of War

Beryl & James Burrowes

Beryl & James Burrowes

When I reflect on war, I think of my uncles and great uncles, and my father and mother (both veterans of World War II) and I know what I want to do.

Robert J. Burrowes Global News Centre

(TASMANIA)   As the world continues to engage in various commemorations in relation to World War I, Australia approaches the centenary anniversary of a defining event in the nation’s history: ANZAC Day. On 25 April 1915, and for many days after, Australia suffered savage losses at Gallipoli in Turkey.

Human Rights: Karl Sabbagh

Karl Sabbagh

Karl Sabbagh

Although Palestinians know their own history only too well, many people in the west have only the vaguest of ideas about the history of the land between the Jordan and the Mediterranean. 

Dr. Mazin Qumsiyeh Global News Centre

(BETHLEHEM) I met many people in my short visit to Europe (and I am really home sick for Palestine). The most interesting was Lebanese Soha Beshara. Soha gave a talk on Gaza in France. It was very moving. Soha spent 10 years in the infamous Al-Khayyam prison in South Lebanon during the Israeli occupation. She was tortured like many who spent time in that prison. She, a Lebanese Christian, had shot Antoun Lahd (the criminal who worked as a subcontractor for the Israeli occupation).

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