Prescription drug abuse a constant ba...

Prescription drug abuse a constant battle in Tenn.

There are 4 comments on the WMC-TV Memphis story from May 4, 2013, titled Prescription drug abuse a constant battle in Tenn.. In it, WMC-TV Memphis reports that:

The Commercial Appeal reports 79 of the 92 drug-related deaths in Shelby County in 2010 can be attributed to prescription medications such as methadone and oxycodone.

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Since: Jun 10

Knoxville, TN

#1 May 5, 2013
PURE BS THIS STORY IS FROM THE YEAR 2010. AND 200 od on pain meds,,i will pay $500 4., a newspapper reporter to do a story on the poor broke injuryed men/women that have a back-neck injury and cant get eney help from a doctor,but those storys do not sell news pappers,,,damm not one congressmen or state senater is willing 2 help the injuryed workers that have helped buld the companys that the , workers that whear fired because the pain they suffer from not counting the devorced/wrecked faimalys,,,.THE ins companys.. know A spine injury will not show up on a exray....theN you get fired,,,and each story is differnt,,,,,just try 2 get a doctor 2 help you with back/neck pain...good luck...
i want my fur baby back

Pelham, AL

#2 May 8, 2013
I agree. the pain am in all night makes you want to end your life anyway you can to get relief. it is suppose to be as safe as Tylenol, if used the right way. dr. showed me my picture of my spine and the decay in 3 places due to injuries caused by my x husband who gets to walk around everyday.

Lake Butler, FL

#4 Aug 18, 2013
SC Gov can't back drug test claim

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COLUMBIA, S.C.(AP) South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley said Monday she can't back up claims that half of the people wanting work at the Energy Department's Savannah River Site failed drug tests and half of the remainder couldn't pass reading and writing tests.
Haley said in an interview with The Associated Press that she's learned a lesson and is going to be more careful.
"I've never felt like I had to back up what people tell me. You assume that you're given good information," Haley said. "And now I'm learning through you guys that I have to be careful before I say something."
Haley said she'd probably repeated "a million times" the story that about the test failures before being questioned about the assertions after a Lexington Rotary Club on Sept. 8. Her spokesman has been asked almost daily since then whether the claim could be substantiated.
On Monday, Haley was frustrated she couldn't document something that has shaped policy perspectives, including linking drug tests to unemployment benefits and developing skills programs.
Haley met with people at the Savannah River Site as she campaigned for governor.
"We were on the site. There were multiple people in there. And that comment that they made had a huge impact on me," Haley said. "It is the reason you're hearing me look into whether we can do drug testing. It's the reason you hear me focus so much on job training," Haley said. "Somebody can't say that and it not stick you in the gut."
And "now they're all backing off saying it. And they know they said it.," Haley said. "But now they don't have the backup."
The SRS story is now off Haley's talking point list. "I'm not going to say it anymore."
Haley used the dubious statistics to back up her own call for drug tests tied to unemployment claims.
Department of Energy spokesmen Jim Giusti said less than 1 percent of the workers hired by the Savannah River Site's primary contactor, Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, failed pre-employment screening tests. "We only screen people that have accepted a postion at the Savannah River Site," Giusti said. He said no other pre-employment screening is conducted before people accept jobs.
Haley's figure was far afield of figures from Quest Diagnostics, a national drug testing company that produces an annual report of pre-employment and workplace drug testing.
In 2010, less than 2 percent of pre-employment tests were positive for drugs nationally, according to a Quest report released earlier this month. Meanwhile, data from 4.5 million urine test samples shows 3.5 percent of the overall workforce tested positive for drugs after they were offered jobs but before being hired. That rate has been below 4 percent since 2006. In South Carolina, the overall failure rate was 6.5 percent.
Haley still wants drug tests tied to unemployment benefits and a revamped job skills program.

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Lake Butler, FL

#5 Aug 18, 2013
Did ALEC Reimburse SC Gov Haley for Her Strip Club Excursion?

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ALEC is a 501 (c)(3) exempt non-profit. Which raises a lot of questions about this particular series of transactions.
First, if ALEC is really a non-profit, why is it making campaign contributions?
Second, does it really seem appropriate for legislators to personally benefit from contributions in this way?

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