Prescription drug abuse a constant ba...

Prescription drug abuse a constant battle in Tenn.

There are 6 comments on the Seattle Post-Intelligencer story from May 5, 2013, titled Prescription drug abuse a constant battle in Tenn.. In it, Seattle Post-Intelligencer 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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HumanSpirit

Saint Augustine, FL

#1 May 5, 2013
Republicans lab testing and drug doctors are profitable even if 80 year old ladies are dragged off their death bed for a pee test twice a year at 700 bucks for each test billed to the state taxpayers.

South Carrolina governor attempted lying to the public:

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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HumanSpirit

Saint Augustine, FL

#2 May 5, 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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HumanSpirit

Saint Augustine, FL

#3 May 5, 2013
How about Governor Scott. The owner of a lab that wants exclusive rights to drug test the disabled, those on medicare / Medicaid and the entire employees of the State of Florida.

Less then 200 people failed the test out of millions.

The test ckst is 700 dollars per test which must be taken twice a year or at anytime the state requires.

The governor was the former CEO of HCA hospital which ripped off medicare. He earned 400 million.
Get Tough

Jackson, TN

#4 May 6, 2013
Drug use and drunk driving should carry a MANDATORY 20 yr sentence of hard labor on the FIRST offense.

“In Wally's Humble Opinion”

Since: Mar 12

Let's Go Surfin' Now...

#5 May 6, 2013
Get Tough wrote:
Drug use and drunk driving should carry a MANDATORY 20 yr sentence of hard labor on the FIRST offense.
There is some merit in what you say.

It might take some additional thought to actually work out a plan to properly punish those offenders who DWI, but it's clear that the current laws do not go far enough.
Mississippi Man

Olive Branch, MS

#6 May 6, 2013
No doubt, if politics are involved, no matter what the subject, it's crooked. However, as one who has pins and screws implanted into his lower back, I can sure tell you that if I act a fool and over-do it, I'm going to be reaching for the Lortab 10 that I keep on hand via prescription. I've never OD'd and don't plan to and neither am I familiar with anything more powerful than Lortab. Just why there's an underground market for it is beyond me because it doesn't exactly work miracles. Moral of the story, not everyone who takes drugs is a "druggie."

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