In October of 2013, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Zohydro ER (hydrocodone bitartrate) for patients with pain that requires daily, around-the-clock, long-term treatment that cannot be treated with other drugs. The active ingredient in Zohydro is the opioid hydrocodone. However, unlike Vicodin, Zohydro can be taken without the threat of severe liver damage, which can occur with medications that combine hydrocodone and acetaminophen. The drug has reportedly been approved in large part on the claim from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) in a report titled "Relieving Pain in America, A Blueprint for Transforming Prevention, Care, Education, and Research" that "100 million people suffer from chronic pain." However, Forbes, MedPage Today, and the Wall Street Journal have all questioned whether that number is accurate, or whether it's exaggerated and misleading. Approximately half of the experts on the IOM panel that produced that report had connections to companies that manufacture narcotic painkillers. From a DUI standpoint, central nervous system depressants like opioids present a problem when the effects of the drugs prevent a driver from being able to operate a vehicle safely. Symptoms or side effects such as drowsiness, respiratory depression, nodding off, and slower reaction times can all increase the risk of an accident, serious physical injury, or even death. From a criminal defense standpoint, this new drug also presents a very high risk for abuse. It's been described as "heroin in a pill." Unlike other prescription opiates, it does not contain safeguards or countermeasures designed to prevent users from crushing the pills for snorting or injecting in a liquid solution. It's unfortunately quite common for some patients addicted to prescription opiates to turn to non-prescription opiates (namely heroin) when either the prescription opiate no longer provides relief (due to tolerance or increased pain), or the [...]
If you're wondering where a particular event took place in Oregon, or where your case is going to be heard, a good rule of thumb is to find the county seat on an Oregon map. Here are some excellent maps of the State of Oregon: Map of Oregon counties with county seats from Geology.com Map of Oregon counties without county seats but with "clickable" county details from Oregon Blue Book Oregon Official State Highway Map (front) from the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) Oregon Official State Highway Map (back) from the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) For several more Oregon maps, visit the Trans Dev / Transportation Data page of the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), or for detailed driving directions or "Street Views," visit Google Maps.
How Supportive Parenting Protects the Brain from The Atlantic, June 26. 2014.
Is it possible to use marijuana and be ambitious? Successful? Happy? Reason Magazine recently ran a story listing 10 Really Successful Pot Smokers. Not only is the list quite diverse, but their #1 successful pot smoker will make you sing.
Robert Krulwich of NPR ran a story today reporting on the various "divorce rates" for birds. It turns out that flamingos are terribly unfaithful and even swans separate more than people think. Can you guess which bird species has the highest marital fidelity? Read here for the answer.
On April 8th, 2014, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau has approved a powdered version of alcohol called Palcohol for sale. You can read more about how the substance is made and works at WFTV, or at the BevLaw blog. Instructions have also popped up recently for how to make your own powdered alcohol. To be clear, the only way to have pure unadulterated alcohol in a powder form would be to have in a solid state, meaning it would need to be frozen at a temperature of approximately-173.2 degree Fahrenheit. Eating or "drinking" anything at this temperature would destroy your mouth and stomach. Powdered alcohol isn't really dry or solid alcohol, but is rather a modified modified starch, a maltodextrin made from tapioca. Liquid alcohol is mixed in with the powder and-- because of the molecular structure of the powder-- the powder absorbs alcohol well and still retains a powdery appearance. Keep in mind that any high concentration of alcohol raises concerns about flammability. While many beers hover around 5% alcohol content, you've likely seen high-proof spirits used to light desserts on fire at fancy restaurants. Powder alcohol is very flammable and should not be used around cigarettes or other open flames. There are no details yet as to how this relatively new form of powder alcohol will interact with Oregon's DUI statutes concerning "intoxicating liquor."
Gawker and The Smoking Gun report that on Sunday March 30th, 2014, in Corvallis Oregon, Ross McMakin, 21, was arrested and accused of drunk driving, reckless endangerment, harassment, and strangulation. Unfortunately for him, his mugshot shows a T-shirt that reads, "Drunk As Shit."
An article in The Atlantic magazine asks the question: Does getting drunk make you funnier?
FoxNews reported March 11, 2014 that Justin Bieber's Florida DUI trial is set for May 5, 2014. More here.
A report released February 2014 by the National Registry of Exonerations, a joint project of the University of Michigan Law School and the Center on Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern University School of Law, shows that there were a record number of exoneration nationwide. The number of reported exonerations of people who were wrongfully convicted of a crime they did not commit-- and who served prison time-- rose to 87 in 2013. The previous record was 83 in 2009. Samuel Gross, editor of the National Registry of Exonerations, notes that while the number may seem small, "The great majority of people who are innocently convicted are never exonerated because they are never discovered." More on the report can be read at Here & Now.