The Stigma That Follows Opiate Users

The high increase of opiate use and abuse has caused problems for narcotic pain users that have no addictions with the utilization of the drugs, only relief. Because of the high rate of misuse by some, other suffers; suffer from the stigmatization of being addicts behind the use of opiates, on a regular basis.
Patients that were stable with their level of pain tolerance have faced the changes made through the CDC to help with the drug addictions. Now there is an increase in non-addictive patients being depressed and committing suicide because of the controlled regulations placed on the disbursement of narcotics, used for pain. Medications disbursed to pain patients are through a pain management facility, by a doctor that manages agonizing discomfort.

There are many different aspects of pain depending on the condition of what is causing the pain. Everyone does not opt only to try opiates; there are other alternative treatments that some try to find useful. These could be physical therapy, acupuncture, epidural steroid injections, nerve block injections, burning nerves and the last option is, surgery. There is the risk for these short-term solutions, and that is they do not work for all patients. All patients do not find relief with the alternative medicines, especially since everyone metabolizes drugs differently.

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Info-graphic explains the different approaches to pain management for chronic pain.
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Everyone’s body is different, and it may not respond to the various treatments according to their metabolism and how it absorbs and breaks down the opiates in their body and how well the body accepts the minimally invasive procedures, described as alternative methods. Pain patients can try many methods including self-management; this is to be aware of the different things that could cause the body to a flare-up in pain. Know what your triggers are to help keep your body as pain-free as possible.

As a person attempts to self-manage their pain levels, many patients find that they still need the opiates to be able to function throughout the day. Even though there is a crisis among addictions, some people will take the meds as prescribed and try the alternative methods, and that does not make them an addict for wanting to be as free from pain as possible. The alternative methods work for some and not for others, and people that live in chronic pain still believe in full active life styles.

One Hell Of a Ride to Success Part II

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Rickey Gladden is breathing on his own now, and I got to speak with him breifly.  He is  weak, and and has a very long road to recovery.  I’m in need of any help that we may receive to help with medical bills and traveling while he is unable to travel.  I thank you in advance.  God Bless, and please keep praying, the journey has begun.  Rickey thanks everyone for their prayers.

“I’m going to be alright ma”

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One Hell Of a Ride Toward Success

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The obstacles I’ve faced since I’ve started my journey of mastery, in New Media Journalism have been quite compelling, but the car accident my son was involved in, late Saturday night, thousands of miles away from home and with no family members has me a bit confounded but I must continue on with my journey, being so close to the end.

Rickey Gladden loves his children immensely and left Detroit, to work. Through my studies, I’ve been told that writing about family members is a big no-no, but I want the world to understand my struggles as I use this form of media to help encourage other people who find it difficult to succeed throughout the ups and downs of life.

Rickey still is breathing with the help of a respirator.  The doctors are going to remove the tube soon and hopefully he will breathe on his on, if not he will have a trachea inserted.  I have not raised enough money to get to Portland, Oregon yet, but I will remain hopeful.

More Root Based Foods and ExerciseCould Help with Obesity

Stretching is an important start of the day.

The rate of obesity in America is growing, and as 38 percent of Americans are obese, as 17 percent are teenagers. There is an expectancy of 44 percent of Americans to be obese by the year 2030.

According to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, through the Healthy Eating Research program, “teens have a higher rate of not realizing the greater number of calories in fast foods.” In the survey performed, 34 percent of teens do not accurately calculate the correct calories when eating fast food and junk foods, as to 23 percent of parents of school-age children and 20 percent of adults.

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The wrong type of food to eat for breakfast, lunch, dinner or snack.  This package contains three servings(about 15 chips). Total clories from entire bag is 440 calories and 260 calories from fat, also sodium and sugar.   Photo by: Cynthia Gladden

Further research indicates that at the end of the day healthy lifestyle choices and no exercising is the biggest culprit for obesity, making many people responsible for their own growth into obesity.  Healthier eating choices and appropriate exercise can help with burning unnecessary calories that lead to obesity.

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Immune system support. … Bone strength. …Eye health. Pineapples can help reduce the risk of macular degeneration, a disease that affects the eyes as people age, due in part to its high amount of vitamin C and the antioxidants it contains, Digestion Health and Anti-Inflammatory benefits. Photo by: Cynthia Gladden

Eighty percent of adult Americans do not meet the governments physical activity recommendations for aerobic and muscle strengthening, causung a high rate in healthcare cost for obese patients with sicknesses related to obesity.

THE HIDDEN VOICES: Within The Detroit Public School System

Some parents of the Detroit Public Schools feel their children’s pressure of their fight to keep the chosen schools for closures open, for their children’s educational journey.

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Gompers Elementary-Middle School at 14450 Burt Rd., Detroit, Michigan, faces closing its doors June 2017 for failing M-STEP scores, three years in a row.  This 21 million dollar school was built to replace three older schools, including the first Samuel Gompers Elementary School.  Photo By: Cynthia Gladden

State testing used to measure the academic growth of school-age children is the Michigan Student Test of Educational Performance test, also known as the M-STEP test.

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Heaven Young is a fifth grader at Gompers Elementary Middle School.  Photo by: Cynthia Gladden

Heaven Young, a fifth grader at Gompers Elementary-Middle School, has finished her testing and says “I’m glad it’s over with because I feel like a lot of pressure is put on us kids to keep the school open.”

A group of parents is speaking out against the testing of their children.  These parents have opted their children out of the M-STEP test, which shifts the responsibility of the failed test scores in the educational process of teaching within the schools, as 95% of the children within the failing schools are expected to be tested, or the school will be sanctioned by the State of Michigan.

The Green Light Project Expands In Detroit

The partnership of  Detroit businesses joining Project Green Light has expanded since the one year and 100th participating stores mark in January 2017.  There are now 144 companies partnered in Detroit to help fight and solve crimes in the areas of the installed real-time cameras.

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More green lights can be seen flashing as residents walk and ride on the streets of Detroit.   This light sits atop of a Citgo gas station on Schoolcraft and Evergreen.  Image By: Cynthia Gladden

Brancy Crawford, of Detroit states “she feels more safe with all the blinking green lights, and she shops in areas that have the real-time cameras installed.”  Crime has been a downward trend in areas where green lights have been installed on local businesses.

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Sunoco gas station on McNichols and Six Mile has a bright green light that alerts citizens that it is linked to the Detroit Police Department.  Photo By Cynthia Gladden

Forty-four more businesses have partnered with the Detroit Police Department to help deter crime since January 2017, making Detroit a safer place for its citizens.