Monday, March 03, 2008


The atmosphere is boiling like a cauldron of soup and the high level winds sound like a raging river. It is 78 degrees on my side porch and 41 degrees in Dallas, Texas.
We've got yoga class tonight but I decided to write my entry this evening in case there is no power tonight when we get home.
I took a personal day today and spent the afternoon carving away at a huge buttermilk pine that died a few years ago. A jungle of hedge has grown up around the old tree and had to be cleared away before we can take the pine down. It was a beautiful day today but as I mentioned earlier, it was near 80 so I sweated buckets.....upon reflection, that's probably too much information but I'm too tired to hit the backspace.
There is something going on in our community that troubles me deeply. Almost every day the local paper has an obit of a young person who died in their residence. So many times these are codewords for overdose. A story in the same paper reported that several people died a few weeks ago as a result of an overdoes of prescription pain medicine . It said that one of the deceased had a prescription for 360 Loratabs. I'm not sure if that's true or not, but if it is, one has to ask "why on earth does a patient less than thirty years old need 360 Loratabs in one month?" Maybe there is a logical explanation, but it is very hard for me to fathom.
I don't know the answer and frankly I don't even know what questions to ask, but something needs to be done. There is a lot of wasted young lives at stake. Does this seem to be a problem in other parts of the country? Any of my blog friends from other parts of the country, please feel free to give me your thoughts.


  1. My first reaction was: where were the parents? But the next minute: what were the Doctors doing writing those prescriptions? But it's not that simple to analyze the cause. The solution has to be some combination of parent/child trust, doctor/patient trust and doctor-to-patient's parents trust. Somewhere along the line, there has to be a dialog among all these people.

  2. I agree. I'm not sure what the answers are, but it is heartbreaking to see this kind of loss.


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