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Prescription drug dangers

     I read an article recently highlighting the increase in the incidence of prescription drug related deaths in our nation. The number of people who have died as a direct result of prescription drug overdoses has risen every year for the last 11 straight years.

     Among the list of medications are prescription pain relievers such as Vicodin (Hydrocodone) Oxycontin, and Percocet (Oxycodone) as well as medications such as Valium (Diazepam) and Xanax (Alprazolam). These medications are highly addictive and highly sought after.

     I was in a local beauty shop in Kamiah not long ago and heard with my own ears that one of the patrons “sold some hydros” so she could afford a haircut. It is disturbing to read that Vicodin and Oxycontin contribute to three out of every four prescription medication related deaths.

     The problem with these medications is that they suppress the central nervous system of the body which regulates the respiratory drive. As a result, the person stops breathing which is incompatible with life. These medications are among the most abused drugs there are. More people die from prescription drug overdoses than cocaine and heroin combined each year.

     I urge anyone who routinely takes these dangerous prescriptions to please get help. Working in the emergency department the last 10 years I have seen more and more people receiving prescriptions of these medications and as a medical professional myself I urge physicians and clinicians to limit the number of prescriptions they write and the number of pills they dispense.

Cata Granger

Kamiah

 

Don’t knock common sense

     Eating too much cod liver oil is bad for your health. If you were to ask me to name one person who has been injured by eating too much cod liver oil, I might not be able to answer you. However it is still true.

     If you ask me, “name one regulation which is bad for business,” I might not be able to answer you, specifically. Does that make the statement “having too many regulations is bad for business” untrue? No.

     Excess regulations discourage business expansion by putting excess burdens on business owners. Many businesses are not hiring today because the government requires them to pay and pay and pay... for paperwork, health insurance, paperwork, workman's comp, paperwork, social security, paperwork, unemployment insurance, paperwork, income taxes, paperwork, OSHA, paperwork, Medicare, paperwork, blah, blah, blah, blah, ad nauseam. There is no end to the nanny state.

     A short but accurate definition of fascism is “government control of private enterprise.” That seems to be the direction this government wants to take us. A fascist will say, “full government control of all business is good.” A free enterpriser like myself will say, “fascism is bad.”

     Less regulation means more “free enterprise.” More free enterprise means more jobs. Seems like common sense to me. Maybe Ms. Nuxoll is long on common sense and short on useless factoids.

Keith Borgelt

Kamiah

 

Here is some enlightenment

     Tribune opinion page, Feb. 25. To quote James Foley.

     “The Second Amendment was neither a creator of, nor a guarantee of, our right to keep and bare arms, nor was that right God-given.”

     In younger days I could light a match with Joe’s 22 rifle. With a 32 special I could plant several shots in a target bull’s-eye. I have never shot either man nor animal. Joe took his deer, elk and bear with one shot from a 30.6. No semi-automatics!

     Again to quote James. “I’m also of the opinion guns are as much at fault for murder as spoons are at fault for obesity.”

     Now I am puzzled. Does James imply that only drooling and obese rednecks hunt with automatic weapons and have yet to master eating with a fork, or is he admitting that guns and spoons are not to blame for murders and obesity?

     James, you asked for my “enlightenment” so here goes. Next time you exit your case with a club to kill a bunny for dinner, remember to “bare” your arms. That bear hide you wear might impair your aim.

Flora Teachman

Kamiah

 

Donations are music to my ears

     I’d like to thank the community for the amazing outpouring of support that the Kamiah music program has received. Since our Christmas concerts in December, we’ve received numerous donations of cash and instruments. The money that was raised at the concerts has been used to purchase two used trumpets. We are using $100 of donated funds to pay for repairs on six instruments that have been recently donated. In addition, we have had two working trumpets, one new saxophone, and one beautiful flute donated to our program.

     I’d also like to thank the Kamiah Education Foundation for supporting the music program this year. Their support has made a big impact in our students’ lives, and has opened the door for so many wonderful things that have happened. It’s been very exciting to be a part of this time of growth!

Chrissy Mizar

Kamiah Music Director

 

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