Monthly Archives: January 2018

Safe Injection Sites

Free Naloxone (Narcan, Evzio) being passed out in heavy drug usage areas, these drugs that are designed to rapidly reverse opioid overdose being required on police cruisers, medics, fire fighters, case workers, and other places, free needles, used needle safe disposal sites, and now safe injection sites – jeez might as well just start providing regulated opioids to these addicts – seems that would be a better way to control overdosing.

Notice not much talk on providing lifelong free counseling services on the complete cycle of addiction as to a person’s reason for usage, reason for dependency, & fail factors, etc.

My opinion just let the f*ckers overdose and die as they’ve already hurt family, loved ones, and community. Seems would be cheaper in the long run for the government to just invest in the coffin and paupers grave.

What’s Next For ‘Safe Injection’ Sites In Philadelphia?
January 24, 20183:43 PM ET

Philadelphia is a step closer to opening what could be the nation’s first supervised site for safe drug injection. But turning the idea into reality won’t be easy.

City officials gave the proposition the green light Tuesday. They were armed with feasibility studies, harrowing overdose statistics and the backing of key leaders, including the mayor and a newly elected district attorney.

“There are many people who are hesitant to go into treatment, despite their addiction, and we don’t want them to die,” said Dr. Thomas Farley, Philadelphia’s health commissioner and co-chair of the city’s opioid task force. Supervised safe injection sites, he said, save lives by preventing overdose deaths and connecting people with treatment.

While one big hurdle has now been cleared, the details of how safe injection sites would actually work in Philadelphia have yet to be figured out. Who will actually fund and operate a site? Where will it be located? Will users really be safe there?

“We have a long way to go,” said Brian Abernathy, first deputy managing director for the city.

Neither city council approval nor special zoning ordinances would required to proceed, Abernathy said, but the city doesn’t plan to actually operate or pay for any sites. Instead Philadelphia officials would play the roles of facilitator and connector with providers of addiction services.

In that way, Tuesday’s announcement by the city was more like an open call to potential investors and operators than it was the roll out of a specific plan.

“We took a really really big first step,” said Jose Benitez, executive director of Prevention Point Philadelphia, a large nonprofit needle exchange. “It’s early to talk about our involvement at this particular point. As the city officials said, there’s a lot to consider.”

Broadly, the city envisions a place where people would be allowed to bring in drugs and inject them using clean equipment. If someone overdosed, trained staff would respond to prevent death. The sites could save lives and money otherwise lost to hospitalizations and emergency response efforts. Advocates say the sites also could reduce neighborhood problems associated with addiction, like people injecting in public and discarding needles.

A safe, supervised site wouldn’t just be about a spot to inject, Farley stressed, but also somewhere people could connect with other services and treatment.

Still, the effort to open a site will likely face many additional hurdles and unknowns, from community buy-in to legal concerns.

For one, Councilwoman Maria D. Quiñones-Sánchez, who has voiced opposition to a safe injection site in her district (one at the heart of the crisis), is wary of the city’s plan.

“This notion of letting a private developer or a private person come tell us how this could be done, we’re not paying for it, we’ll do wrap-around services, so much of that is just up in the air,” Quiñones-Sánchez said. “So why make an announcement with no answers?”

Another question: Could such a site be immune from federal prosecution? Realistically no, said Philadelphia official Abernathy, though some legal scholars are exploring potential safeguards.

The city’s police commissioner, Richard Ross, has gone from “adamantly against” any injection site to having an open mind. Whether police will take a hands-off approach remains to be seen. So would what the department’s role would be, what police officers would be asked to do, and how that would affect the policing of narcotics?

“I don’t have a lot of answers,” he said.

One point of clarity: Philadelphia’s Distract Attorney, Larry Krasner, has no plans to prosecute.

“What will we do? We will allow God’s work to go on,” Krasner said, citing state laws of justification that allow the committing of minor violations in the interest of preventing greater harms. “We will make sure that idealistic medical students don’t get busted for saving lives and that other people who are trying to stop the spread of disease don’t get busted.”

After all this, it should come as no surprise that the timeline is really unclear, too. Rollout will take months, at least, leaders have said. Though if it were up to Krasner, one would had opened years ago.

“My biggest concern moving forward with harm reduction is that government takes forever,” he said. “When we have three or four people dying every day, nobody can afford to wait.”

This story is part of a reporting partnership with NPR, WHYY’s health show The Pulse and Kaiser Health News.


UPS Permanent Hire

So I had commented on 12/21/17 of tentatively accepting a Per Diem Site Supervisor position with The Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO). This was a two part plan to have some hours during the week and to compliment a permanent hire position at UPS that would mostly be on the weekends. So as it turns out I will not be accepting the position with the Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO). After waiting a couple of weeks for the new hire packet and didn’t receive, I finally get a call asking to come in to phone interview with the regional manager. I did this upon my return from South Carolina and just didn’t get a good feel or fit for this position after it was offered to me. My plans were to work this on-call position during the week and work as a permanent hire with UPS on the weekends that was still in the final stages. Going forward I’ll pass on this opportunity and will start with UPS next week as a Package Dispatch Supervisor – one of the first positions I held as a temp. With my last temp assignment with UPS during Christmas, I was promised my choice of two positions – one at the Obetz location and one at the Trabue Rd location that is currently going thru a large expansion. I opted for the later because of it being close to me but also because of the advancement opportunities. Only part-time for now but that part time position comes with excellent healthcare coverage and tuition reimbursement and of course the opportunity to move within the organization, something I couldn’t do as a temp. Excited for this opportunity as it has reached 3 of my 9 goals for 2018!

ECOT Closing

Sad that ECOT is having problems and may potentially close. Speaking from personal experience though, ECOT ran on extravagance and perhaps should have better screened potential students to be sure they would be a good fit for online learning. ECOT did serve a good purpose though and provided a valuable service for non traditional students such as homeless children, group home children, or children of parents addicted to drugs. Of course the Ohio School system didn’t help matters any when they expelled “bad” students or shifted students that were not a “good” fit for brick and mortar classrooms to online learning. Not to mention lazy parents who just couldn’t find the time to get up early to be sure their children got to school on time and did their homework the night before.

Sad the owner will walk away with several years of excellent income and thousands of students will have to be re-acclimated to a public school setting.

Sad that our public schools can’t develop top notch programs to educate all education requirements for ALL students and had to tinker with allowing “alternative” schools receiving tax dollars to try and do the same.

The issue is not local and is a big faltering of our entire U.S. educational system. We’ll just have to keep bringing in educated immigrants to handle the technology jobs that our own so called educated citizens will not be able to do because of our country’s poor education system. Perhaps tide pods might help.

Martin Luther King Jr

Five decades ago, Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated because they thought that bullet would silence his words. Well he hasn’t been silenced and although there is still disparity among races, cultures and religion, we must remember that using violence to promote equality does not carry long and will ultimately divide us further. The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. himself believed in the use of peaceful demonstrations, acting with love and calm.

Myself when I look at you for the first time, yes I see your color, yes I see how you dress, yes I see your body language, and yes I see you making the same observations of me. I converse with you next and my beliefs, values, upbringing, and perceptions linger in the background. I listen to you, I learn about you, we find common ground, we communicate, our color fades, our perceptions fade, we find we are the same, we find similar but separate paths, we share, we compare – we converse. This is what I always bring to the table. Most times I am successful, sometimes not. I don’t get upset because I believe, I believe that we all at our core believe in “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness”.

Make it a practice to converse with someone outside your “click” and comfort zone. This is how I was brought up and is my take as a white man on what Martin Luther King Jr believed in that all are created equal and all should be treated with respect, dignity, and without hate or bias. – SETII 01/15/2018