Friday, March 17, 2006
I feel sorry for these reporters. I walked in a store and behold - There's Monica Verma and my friend Joclyn.
Monica was surprised to see me there so once again? I took my camera out! The pictures are inside the blog...
Rx drug abuse is on the rise among teens, forum warns
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By J. Harry Jones
UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER
March 17, 2006
ESCONDIDO – A single tablet of Vicodin can bring $4 or $5 in junior high and high school.
Drugs like Adderall and Ritalin, most often prescribed for attention-deficit disorder, are being taken by teens who feel they help them concentrate and study harder before big tests.
While studies show that the use of illicit drugs such as cocaine and methamphetamine is declining among the nation's youth, abuse of prescription drugs and some over-the-counter medicine is skyrocketing.
Educators, social workers and health professionals got the news yesterday at Prescription for Disaster, a drug forum in Escondido organized by the Palomar Pomerado Health district.
The message: Be aware of the problem. Watch the kids. Look for warning signs.
“We've been told over and over since we were little kids about the evils of cocaine and drugs like that,” one teen said at the forum. “But prescription drugs are something else. (Some kids) think taking prescription drugs is safer than taking illegal drugs.”
According to the Partnership for Drug-Free America, children ages 12 to 17 are the major abusers of prescription drugs and dextromethorphan (DXM), a common ingredient in more than 80 over-the-counter cold and cough medicines.
Abusers find that doses of cough medicine far exceeding the recommended amount can produce euphoric feelings. Misuse of the drug creates both depressant and mild hallucinogenic effects.
A 2004 study by the nonprofit drug awareness group found teen abuse of prescription and over-the-counter medications is higher than or on par with abuse of illicit drugs such as cocaine, Ecstasy and methamphetamine.
The annual report says 1 in 5 teens has abused prescription pain medication, 1 in 10 has abused prescription stimulants or tranquilizers, and 1 in 11 has abused cough medicine.
Vicodin or its generic equivalent, a widely prescribed painkiller, appears to be the most commonly abused drug. Experts say teens may be prescribed Vicodin after spraining a knee or having gum surgery, then will hoard the pills to be sold or taken recreationally later, often in conjunction with alcohol.
John Woo, a special agent with the Department of Justice's San Diego Regional Pharmaceutical Enforcement team, told those at the forum that teens will often steal prescription medications from family members.
“If it's in the medicine cabinet, they'll probably try it,” he said.
Often they'll grind up the pills and snort the granules to obtain a fast high.
“It takes a community to keep these kids safe,” said Sandy Dewees, a registered nurse who works in Palomar Medical Center's emergency room.
She said she has seen the overdoses and the car crashes caused by youth under the influence of prescription drugs.
Judy Strang, director of the San Dieguito Alliance for Drug-Free Youth, said studies have shown that one-third of teens think prescription painkillers aren't addictive. She said the key is to know your children and their friends and neighbors.
Yes, it is indeed Saint Patrick Day and I do need to get my hand on a camera!!!!
I decided to wear my Boston Celtic Jacket.
It doesn’t fit like it used too but that’s ok because it’s only for one day a year.
I walked into the Legislature and wondered how those Quebecers would treat me today?
Once inside, I noticed Tanker Malley chatting with two reporters.
The man that a few weeks ago? The whole province was talking about was just a few feets away!!!
There!!! Finally the guy that I have looking for during these last few weeks is finally in my sight and I wasn’t going to let him go.
Not for a second!!!
Who would have believed that I would come face to face with the proud Irish Miramicher on Saint Patrick Day???....lol…
We sat down on a sofa in the hallway and had a nice chat over 30 minutes which I won’t disclose the details of our conversation.
But I did remind the newly independent MLA that he used to tell me during my protest that one person can indeed make a difference!!!!
Who would have believed that one day of all of the 55 MLA's Tanker would be that individual?
I did mention the risk of losing his pension but he didn’t seem to concern.
My main concern was his health!!!
He told me that he was ok and slept good at night. So that’s good news!!!
He asked me if I wanted to go down in cafeteria and get him and myself a sandwich?
I walked down and got the MLA some food.
I gave him the change but he told me to go and buy myself a coffee???
During the protest and afterwards, tanker has been good to me. He knows that I got no money and once in a while he would pass me a few bucks but this time around?
I insisted that I was ok!
He kept on insisting so I took the money and bought a Super 7!
Yes, this little piece of paper could very well bring down the Lord Government.
Can you imagine if all the numbers came up and it was one winner only????
I would share the winning with Tanker and the Lord Government would fall in weeks!
Could it happen?
Strange events always seem to happen in my life but this one would indeed be a dossy!!!!...lol…
But I do understand it's wishful thinking from my part!!!..lol
This makes me ill. How can Canada's s politicians sit by and do nothing but waste time with their Base Gageotwn and Area Fact Finder Project.
It appears the Americans will compensate the Maine National Guard for illness obtained due to Agent Orange at CFB Gageotwn. Canada will not.
This is the first time I have been ashamed to be Canadian.
Agent Orange Association of Canada
Peter W. Ogden
John W. Libby
Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management
Maine Veterans’ Services
117 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0117
March 2, 2006
Agent Orange/Agent Purple
and Canadian Forces Base Gagetown
1. Background Information:
a. Agent Orange was a mixture of chemicals containing equal amounts of the two active
ingredients, 2, 4-D and 2,4,5-T. The name, "Agent Orange," came from the orange stripe on
the 55-gallon drums in which it was stored. Other herbicides, including Agent Purple a less
well known but more toxic agent, were also used in Vietnam, but to a much lesser extent.
Republic of Korea forces used small amounts of Agent Orange in 1968-69 in the area from
the Civilian Control line to the southern boundary of the Demilitarized Zone. Since the initial
use of Agent Orange, significant studies and validation of effects on personnel have resulted
in various national programs and assistance for affected veterans. The Department of
Veterans Affairs (VA) currently maintains an active VA Agent Orange Registry and provides
medical treatment or disability compensation to Vietnam veterans. In 2001, the program
expanded to examinations of Korean veterans who served in Korea in 1968 and 1969 and
may have been exposed to dioxin or other toxic substances while serving in the military.
Additional information, fact sheets, and newsletters are available online at
www.va.gov/agentorange or call the toll-free helpline at 1-800-749-8387.
b. In June of 2005, the Canadian Department of National Defense (DND) announced that
for three days in June 1966 (14-16) and four days in June 1967 (21-24), testing of various
defoliants, including Agent Orange and Agent Purple, took place over a limited portion of the
Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Gagetown, New Brunswick. Additionally, according to the
Canadian DND and the Canadian Forces (CF) website, “the testing was conducted under
strictly controlled conditions, ensuring minimal spray drift, in an area of the base that was
difficult to access,” “the testing did not involve wide-spread spraying,” and “these tests are
the only known instances, based on available information, in which Agents Orange and
Purple were sprayed at CFB Gagetown.” According to the Canadian DND and the Canadian
Forces, the testing area consisted of two small areas covering approximately 83 acres of the
180,000 plus acres of CFB Gagetown. Additional information is available at the Canadian
DND/CF website: (http://www.forces.gc.ca/site/newsroom/view_news_e.asp?id=1685).
2. What the State of Maine is doing for those who may have been exposed to Agent
Orange while training at CFB Gagetown:
a. The Maine National Guard and the Maine Bureau of Veterans’ Services take very
seriously the health and safety concerns of both present soldiers and our veterans. In that
regard, on July 6, 2005 a link was established on the Maine National Guard internet website
(http://www.me.ngb.army.mil/Default.htm) to provide updates regarding this issue as
information became available. In addition, soldiers and veterans were afforded the
opportunity to be added to a contact list of soldiers who trained at CFB Gagetown. Those
without internet access could call the Bureau of Veteran’s Services in Augusta, Maine at 207-
626-4464 to obtain updates and manually register.
b. The Director of Maine Veterans’ Services met with The Adjutant General of the Maine
National Guard, the Togus VA Medical Center Director, and the VA Regional Office
Director in early July 2005 to determine the best way to move forward with providing
information to Maine’s veterans and to discuss the handling of potential claims for possible
exposure to Agent Orange at CFG Gagetown. Both the Medical Center Director and the
Regional Office Director have been very supportive in the development of this information
paper and are just as concerned for the welfare of our veterans as we are.
c. The Director of Maine Veterans’ Services wrote to Maine’s Congressional Delegation
in July 2005 informing them of the Agent Orange issue at CFB Gagetown and requesting
their support in working with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to assist Maine’s
National Guard members with any Agent Orange issues they may have.
d. The Director of Maine Veterans’ Services wrote to the Secretary of the Department of
Veterans Affairs in October 2005 asking for clarification of how Maine National Guardsmen
and women could get the AOR screening and file claims with the VA for Agent Orange
issues. The results of this letter are: CFB Gagetown is on the approved DOD list of
potential Agent Orange exposure areas; the VA will adjudicate claims for those illness that
are presumptively attributed to Agent Orange; and veterans, as defined by the VA, can
receive an Agent Orange Registry examination if they so chose.
e. Maine Veterans’ Services and the Maine National Guard are producing a map that will
show the habitual training areas frequented by Maine National Guard units while training at
CFB Gagetown. This map will be available for viewing at all Maine Army National Guard
Armories and Maine Veterans’ Services offices by April 15, 2006. A copy of this map will
be provided to the Department of Veterans Affairs Regional Office at Togus to assist in
adjudicating claims for exposure to Agent Orange at CFB Gagetown.
f. This information paper will be made available to the individuals on the contact list,
veteran’s organizations in Maine, Maine National Guard Armories, local media outlets, and
the other states whose National Guard and Reserve soldiers trained at CFB Gagetown.
3. Agent Orange Registry:
a. In order for individuals to be eligible for the Agent Orange Registry (AOR), they must
first have veteran status. National Guard personnel can qualify as veterans by:
(1) having been called to active duty by presidential order and having completed the full
period of time they were called to active duty;
(2) having a prior active duty period; or
(3) having a VA adjudicated service-connected condition or disability. National Guard
personnel who were on active duty for training (ADT) only are not eligible for the AOR
examination unless they have a VA adjudicated service-connected disability or condition.
b. If you are veteran who has had exposure to Agent Orange, you are eligible for a free
Agent Orange Registry examination. Veterans who participate in the registry program are
asked a series of questions about their possible exposure to herbicides. A medical history is
taken, a physical examination is performed, and a series of basic laboratory tests, such as a
chest x-ray (if appropriate), urinalysis, and blood tests are done. If the examining physician
thinks it is medically indicated, consultations with other physicians are scheduled.
c. Results of the examinations, including a review of military service and exposure history,
are entered into special, computerized databases called registries. These databases assist the
VA in analyzing the types of health conditions being reported by veterans. Registry
participants are advised of the results of their examinations in personal consultations.
Veterans wishing to participate should contact the nearest VA health care facility for an
examination. Additionally, the VA has established an Agent Orange Helpline at 1-800-749-
8387. As with the Korean veterans (1968-1969), the VA currently will only provide Agent
Orange Registry examinations to those veterans who were in CFB Gagetown during
1966-1967 and are exhibiting symptoms of one of the Agent Orange presumptive
d. National Guard personnel who served in Vietnam and CFB Gagetown and have not
participated in the Agent Orange Registry examination should request the examination for
their Vietnam service as this provides a broader period of eligibility and the presumption of
exposure to Agent Orange.
4. Filing a claim with the VA for exposure to Agent Orange:
a. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) currently offers service-connected
compensation for certain diseases believed to be associated with Agent Orange exposure. The
following conditions are now presumptively recognized for service-connection for Vietnam
veterans and other veterans based on exposure to Agent Orange or other herbicides:
chloracne (a skin disorder); porphyria cutanea tarda, acute or subacute; transient
peripheral neuropathy (a nerve disorder); Type 2 diabetes; non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma;
chronic lymphocytic leukemia; soft tissue sarcoma; Hodgkin’s disease; multiple
myeloma; prostate cancer; and respiratory cancers (including cancers of the lung, larynx,
trachea, and bronchus). In addition, Vietnam veterans’ children with the birth defect spina
bifida are eligible for certain benefits and services. Spina bifida benefits are also provided to
the children of veterans who served at or near the Korean DMZ from April 1968 to July 1969.
In 1999, the VA announced that statutory authority would be sought for similar benefits and
services for children with birth defects who were born to women Vietnam veterans.
b. If an individual who trained in CFB Gagetown suffers from one of the above
presumptive illnesses attributed to Agent Orange, he/she should file a claim with the VA. A
veteran who served in Vietnam (boots on the ground) is presumed to have been exposed to
Agent Orange because of the large volume and the widespread use of Agent Orange in
Vietnam. Individuals who trained at CFB Gagetown will not have the same
presumption of exposure given to Vietnam Veterans due to the limited use of Agent
Orange at CFB Gagetown. National Guardsmen and women will have to provide credible
evidence that they were in Gagetown and in the area where Agent Orange was used.
Surviving spouses and/or children of National Guard members who trained at CFB Gagetown
and died of one of the presumptive illnesses can also file a claim with the VA.
c. Current and former Maine National Guard members can get copies of their orders
showing duty at CFB Gagetown from the Maine National Guard Records Holding Facility at
Camp Keyes. We recommend that anyone having a computer request their records by email
at the following address: RECORDS@ME.NGB.ARMY.MIL. The subject line should
include: CFB Gagetown Records. All requests will require the completion and
submission of the Maine National Guard Request For Information Disclosure Form
prior to the information being released. The form can be mailed or faxed to Camp Keyes.
The request should be processed within 30 days of receipt depending on the volume of
requests for records.
5. Where to get help in filing a claim with the Department of Veterans Affairs or
information on Agent Orange/Agent Purple:
a. Maine Veterans’ Services (MVS): MVS has offices in seven locations throughout the
state staffed by Veterans Advocates that are familiar with Agent Orange issues and are ready
to assist Maine’s National Guard member’s with claims assistance.
(1) Bangor (207) 941-3005
(2) Caribou (207) 492-1173
(3) Lewiston (207) 783-5306
(4) Machias (207) 255-3306
(5) Springvale (207) 324-1839
(6) Waterville (207) 872-7846
(7) Togus (207) 623-5732
b. Veteran Service Organizations: The following service organizations have service
officers familiar with Agent Orange issues and are ready to assist in the claims process.
(1) American Legion (207) 623-5726 Togus Office
(2) Disabled American Veterans (207) 623-5725 Togus Office
(3) Veterans of Foreign Wars (207) 623-5723 Togus Office
c. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA): A veteran can get an Agent Orange Registry
examination by calling the VA 1-877-421-8263, ext 4733. If the veteran wishes to file a
claim with the VA themselves they can do that by visiting the VA website:
http://www1.va.gov/agentorange/ or calling 1-800-827-1000. The VA stands ready to assist
any veteran who wishes to file a claim for service-connected injuries/illnesses.
6. VA Health Care for exposure to Agent Orange:
a. The VA provides treatment to any veteran who, while serving in Vietnam or other
approved areas, may have been exposed to dioxin or to a toxic substance in a herbicide or
defoliant used for military purposes, for conditions related to such exposure.
b. There are some restrictions. VA cannot provide such care for (1) a disability which VA
determines did not result from exposure to Agent Orange, or (2) a disease which the National
Academy of Sciences has determined that there is “limited/suggestive” evidence of no
association between occurrence of the disease and exposure to a herbicide agent.
7. Future updates: There has been much speculation about other spraying periods of Agent
Orange and/or other dioxins at CFB Gagetown. As new and substantiated information
becomes available we will update the information on our websites and provide that
information to the individuals on our contact list.
8. Questions concerning this information paper should be directed to the undersigned at
Peter W. Ogden
1- CFB Gagetown Map
2- Maine National Guard Request For Information Disclosure
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VETERANS AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
JFHQ Maine National Guard
Camp Keyes, Augusta, Maine 04333-0033
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I forgot what they call this little Irish Baton but maybe it could work on this Quebec Commissionaire???? lol
Minister's new office has private washroom
Last updated Mar 17 2006 08:18 AM AST
The provincial government has spent $50,000 to create a suite of offices for a new cabinet minister.
Premier Bernard Lord's recent cabinet shuffle created a problem in Marysville Place, a government building that was home to the Department of Environment and Local Government. It's now two departments with two ministers, but there was only one ministerial office suite.
A second one has been installed for new Local Government Minister Rose-May Poirier, her deputy minister and her staff. The $50,000 tab includes private washrooms for Poirier and her deputy.
The minister in charge of government buildings, Bev Harrison, says private washrooms are standard for people in equivalent jobs like corporate executives, or even high school principals. "It's tax dollars spent in the fashion that anybody's entitled to," he said.
Opposition Liberal MLA Rick Brewer said he's not sure why this was a priority given the other things government could be funding.
"I don't know that it would be a necessity," he said. "I would think that when nature's call happens, if it's down the hall, go down the hall."
Officials said that Percy Mockler, the minister in charge of the new wellness department, may also get a new office suite.
In the year 2006, the Lord came unto Noah, who was now living in the
United States, and said, "Once again, the earth has
become wicked and over-populated, and I see the end of all flesh
Build another Ark and save 2 of every living thing along with a few
He gave Noah the blueprints, saying, "You have 6 months to build
the Ark before I will start the unending rain for 40
days and 40 nights."
Six months later, the Lord looked down and saw Noah weeping in his
yard - but no Ark.
"Noah!" He roared, "I'm about to start the rain! Where is the Ark?"
"Forgive me, Lord," begged Noah, "but things have changed. I needed
a building permit. I've been arguing with the
inspector about the need for a sprinkler system. My neighbors claim
that I've violated the neighborhood zoning laws by
building the Ark in my yard and exceeding the height limitations.
We had to go to the Development Appeal Board for a
Then the Department of Transportation demanded a bond be posted for
the future costs of moving power lines and other
overhead obstructions, to clear the passage for the Ark's move to
the sea. I told them that the sea would be coming to
us, but they would hear nothing of it.
Getting the wood was another problem. There's a ban on cutting
local trees in order to save the spotted owl. I tried to
convince the environmentalists that I needed the wood to save the
owls - but no go!
When I started gathering the animals, an animal rights group sued
They insisted that I was confining wild animals against their will.
They argued the accommodation was too restrictive,
and it was cruel and inhumane to put so many animals in a confined
Then the EPA ruled that I couldn't build the Ark until they'd
conducted an environmental impact study on your proposed
I'm still trying to resolve a complaint with the Human Rights
Commission on how many minorities I'm supposed to hire for
my building crew.
Immigration and Naturalization is checking the green-card status of
most of the people who want to work.
The trades unions say I can't use my sons. They insist I have to
hire only Union workers with Ark-building experience.
To make matters worse, the IRS seized all my assets, claiming I'm
trying to leave the country illegally with endangered
So, forgive me, Lord, but it would take at least 10 years for me to
finish this Ark."
Suddenly the skies cleared, the sun began to shine, and a rainbow
stretched across the sky. Noah looked up in wonder and
asked, "You mean you're not going to destroy the world?"
"No," said the Lord. "The government beat me to it."
I can't believe it! I didn't see any stories about the rock quarry!
The question is why?
Do the Irvings don't wish to tell the public because their people in Fredericton are going to go ahead anyway???
You tell moi????
NO MAN HAS SEEN GOD AT ANY TIME. IF WE LOVE
ONE ANOTHER, GOD ABIDES IN US, AND HIS LOVE HAS
BEEN PERFECTED IN US.
( 1 JOHN 4:12 *NKJV )
It is written; YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD
WITH ALL YOUR HEART, WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, WITH
ALL YOUR MIND, AND WITH ALL YOUR STRENGTH.
( MARK 12:30 )
When we love God with all our heart, He fills us with
His great love! A love that is pure, and is known only by
those who love Him. He them expects us to share that
love with others. For it is written; MY LITTLE CHILDREN,
LET US NOT LOVE IN WORD OR IN TONGUE, BUT IN
DEED AND IN TRUTH. ( 1 JOHN 3:18 )
We may show our love for others by doing simple acts
of kindness! After all it is written; BE KINDLY
AFFECTIONATE TO ONE ANOTHER WITH BROTHERLY
LOVE, IN HONOR GIVING PREFERENCE TO ONE
ANOTHER; AND NOT LAGGING IN DILIGENCE,
FERVENT IN SPIRIT, SERVING THE LORD.
( ROMANS 12:10-11 )
We may also do that by doing simple things such as
smiling and saying good morning to those we see. Also
by letting them know that we care about them, and by being
there when they need a friend! The number of ways to show
God's Love to others is endless!
So Charles, why not share God's Love with those you
see today and every day? You will find that even those
who do not believe, will respond to it! Why, because the
one thing that all humans' desire and can never get too
much of, is love!
Further it is also a way to plant the seeds of faith by
showing them the way a Christian lives. After all remember;
THERE IS JOY IN THE PRESENCE OF THE ANGELS OF
GOD OVER ONE SINNER WHO REPENTS. ( LUKE 10:15 )
Thus when we do that we are working for God as well!
With My Love & Prayers,
your servant Allen
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