Public shaming of overdosed adults by police department’s Facebook post is ‘morally repugnant’

first_img Seth Mnookin It’s been 50 years since the American Medical Association classified alcohol abuse as a disease and more than 40 since they did the same with drugs. There’s been a lot of research since then devoted to effective methods for curtailing illegal drug use and treating drug abuse. Publicly shaming drug users or bullying those most in need of help isn’t one of them. I told my doctors my drug history. Yet they gave me opioids without counseling By Seth Mnookin Sept. 9, 2016 Reprints All of which makes me wonder who the police in East Liverpool, Ohio, were trying to reach by posting a salacious picture of two apparently overdosed adults in a car while a 4-year-old sat in the back. “We felt,” the department wrote on Facebook by way of explanation, “it necessary to show the other side of this horrible drug.” Related: ‘The story had to be told’: Ohio police official defends releasing photo of overdosed adults with boy Related: Leave this field empty if you’re human: First OpinionPublic shaming of overdosed adults by police department’s Facebook post is ‘morally repugnant’ About the Author Reprints Really? East Liverpool, which borders both Pennsylvania and West Virginia, is in a region decimated by heroin. It’s the precise part of the country Sam Quinones wrote about in “Dreamland,” his searing book on the opioid epidemic. Call me crazy, but I’m skeptical that anyone in the local population is thinking of starting to use opioids because of their fun and glamorous reputation.advertisement I’m going to let you in on a secret: Being physically dependent on heroin isn’t fun. When I needed a fix — and when I was using, I always needed a fix — I felt as if my skin was shot through with electricity. I used to scratch myself so violently that it looked as if my back had been raked by a tiger’s claw. When I scored some drugs, that didn’t mean I was going to go and party. Instead, it gave me a few hours reprieve from being bathed in anguish and anxiety.Here’s another secret: Being dependent on heroin is isolating and lonely. When I was using, my family was scared of me, my friends didn’t trust me, and even casual acquaintances weren’t keen on spending time with a sweaty, anxious mess of a person with a potentially deadly and definitely illegal obsession.Finally, on the off chance this isn’t blindingly obvious: Overcoming addiction is not easy.advertisement Please enter a valid email address. Privacy Policy Newsletters Sign up for Daily Recap A roundup of STAT’s top stories of the day. The actions of the East Liverpool Police Department were incredibly insensitive. They were also morally repugnant. In one of the pictures, the woman slumped over in the passenger seat, identified in the department’s Facebook post as the mother of the blond-haired boy sitting in a car seat directly behind her, is visibly turning blue. In both pictures, the boy is staring directly at the camera — which means that the officer who pulled the couple over decided it was more important to snap some money shots before he or she made sure the child didn’t witness his mother’s death. (Both adults were eventually administered first aid and survived.)I’m guessing that the same calculus went into the decision not to obscure the child’s extremely identifiable face. Sure, having a photo out there could follow him around for the rest of his life — but it sure as hell is a striking image.In our legal system, the police don’t get to decide guilt and innocence. The ability to convict someone on social media shouldn’t make that any less true.Seth Mnookin is the director of the MIT Graduate Program in Science Writing and the author of several books, including “The Panic Virus” and “Feeding the Monster.” Seth Mnookin is the director of MIT’s Graduate Program in Science Writing. His most recent book, “The Panic Virus,” is about the vaccine-autism controversy. Hulton Archive/Getty Images @sethmnookin Tags addictionfentanylopioidslast_img read more

Datapath Launches 4K Four-Way Splitter

first_imgDatapath just launched the 1×4 IQS4 4K resolution video wall applications. When paired with Datapath’s Image4K graphics cards, the IQS4 offers an entry-level solution for powering video walls of up to 96 screens.Mounting flexibility means the IQS4 can be used for any application. VESA mounting is supported for direct mounting behind displays. Where the IQS4s are hosted with the video wall controller, various rack mount options are available depending on the number of IQS4s required. Plus, there is the standalone option for placing on desks, workstations or shelving.Datapath’s IQS4 will be available in Q4. Here are the details.last_img read more

MoJ set to tighten up on legal aid and squeeze out smaller players

first_imgIt was no coincidence that the Ministry of Justice chose to release details of the highest-paid legal aid barristers and firms at the same time as it unveiled its latest plans for a tendering system for legal aid work. The unsubtle message is, ‘we’re tightening our grip on what we will shell out on legal aid, and if you want to know why, just look at how much some of these lawyers are trousering’. It is ironic, then, that the firms the MoJ has chosen to spotlight as high earners are following precisely the model that it favours – increasing in size, taking on high volumes of work and operating with maximum efficiency. Legal aid minister Lord Bach has made it clear that he wants to rid the market of small players to create just 500 firms. Small firms have been voicing concern for some time that the government has been seeking to do a deal with the bigger practices. And as the saying goes, just because you’re paranoid, that doesn’t mean they’re not out to get you. The smaller players will face hard choices in respect of how to succeed under the new tender process, with many forced to merge. As for the process itself, there are some welcome signs of a more practical approach – with minimum bid levels, for example. Let us at least hope the MoJ has paid close attention to the lessons to be learned from the debacle that was best-value tendering.last_img read more

Civia debuts

first_imgON JANUARY 20 Renfe President Miguel Corsini joined Development Minister Francisco Álvarez-Cascos, President of the Madrid Regional Government Esperanza Aguirre and Mayor of Madrid Alberto Ruiz-Gallardón to mark the start of passenger service with the Civia commuter EMU. Six of the initial 14 trains ordered from Alstom, Bombardier, CAF and Siemens (RG 5.03 p251) had been accepted for service. Aluminium bodies and modern power electronics mean that the Civia consumes 4·28 kW/h compared with 8·65 kW/h for the Class 446 dating from 1989.Last year Renfe ordered 80 more units at a cost of €407·5m, divided between Alstom and a consortium of CAF and Siemens. Under a programme to expand commuter networks across Spain, 248 new trains will be required between 2003 and 2010.Renfe has awarded four-year contracts for maintenance of commuter EMUs under a reliability-centred regime. CAF and Bombardier will maintain 74 Class 446 EMUs at Móstoles depot in Madrid, while Reminfer (SEPSA, Merak, CCM and HCS) will be responsible for 36 Class 446s at Cerro Negro. In Barcelona, 60 Class 447s based at Montcada and Mataró will be maintained by a consortium of Alstom and Siemens.last_img read more

Biafra leader Nnamdi Kanu goes to court to challenge IPOB’s label…

first_imgLeader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi KanuLeader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, has challenged the declaration by a Federal High Court that his group be proscribed and that it was a terrorist organization.Kanu’s lawyer, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, argued that the court order labeling IPOB as a terrorist group was heard ex parte – i.e. without notice to the other interested party. A move he described as injurious to his client and therefore illegal.In papers filed on Friday September 22 at a Federal High Court in the capital Abuja, Kanu’s lawyer said, IPOB was not a non-violent group and could not be said to be a terrorist organization.The Nigerian government on Wednesday obtained a court order that allowed the pro-Biafra group to be tagged a terrorist and militant group.Before the court declaration, the army last week slapped the terrorist tag on the group but the Army Chief said it was more of a pronouncement than a declaration. The U-turn came on the back of criticism that it was not for the army to declare one group or the other as terrorists.Kanu was detained for over a year and half on charges of treason and was only released in April this year. He went missing after the military clashed with IPOB members at his home in Umuahia in Nigeria’s Abia State.Kanu is pushing for a separate republic of Biafra nearly 50 years after a previous declaration of independence sparked a civil war which left more than a million people dead. Members of the group have occasionally clashed with Nigeria’s security apparatus during protests.last_img read more

Turning pitch not to blame for defeat, says Bravo

first_imgGEORGETOWN, Guyana, CMC – Skipper Dwayne Bravo has refused to blame the slow, turning turning pitch for Trinbago Knight Riders’ two-wicket defeat to Guyana Amazon Warriors, in the first playoff in the Caribbean Premier League here Tuesday night. While conceding conditions at the Guyana National Stadium had been difficult, Bravo said TKR had also failed to make the necessary adjustments and had only themselves to blame for the loss.“Obviously here in Guyana, you don’t expect the wicket to play like the MCG or the SCG so it’s challenging but we’re professional cricketers and whatever is prepared and laid in front of us, both teams have to play on it so I can’t use the wicket as an excuse,” Bravo said following the game.“It’s not a 150-[run] wicket. If we had assessed better as a batting group, maybe 135-140 [would have been possible]. Here in Guyana it’s always a slow, turning wicket … our spinners made it difficult for them as well so I think that gave us a lot of courage and a lot of heart. “We have another game (Friday’s semi-final) up our sleeves and we look forward to that. We have what it takes to bounce back. We’re not going to use the surface and conditions as an excuse. Well played to Guyana – they played well – and I’m happy with the effort my team went out there and [gave].”Sent in, TKR struggled to cope with the turning track and could muster only 122 for seven from their 20 overs, with Colin Ingram the top-scorer with 25 from 26 balls while the usually fluent Darren Bravo required 33 deliveries for his 24.Captain Chris Green exploited the conditions beautifully, proving a handful in four overs of off-spin which yielded two wickets and only eight runs. Amazon Warriors’ run chase was far from straightforward, however, slumping to 29 for three in the sixth over and then 52 for five in the 12th over, as the spin trio of off-spinner Sunil Narine, leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed and left-arm spinner Kharry Pierre dried up the scoring.And though Man-of-the-Match Shimron Hetmyer, who top-scored with 39 off 36 balls, and Sherfane Rutherford (30) put on 50 for the sixth wicket to rescue the innings, Bravo said he was still proud of the manner TKR went about defending such a small total.“It was another good game of cricket despite the conditions but I’ve got to give credit to my team, the bowlers – the way they went out there and tried to defend 123,” the all-rounder explained. “It’s always a hard task to defend 123 but [for Amazon Warriors] to get the runs in the last over [with one ball left] I think the guys fought very well and I give them a lot of credit.”With the victory, Amazon Warriors qualified for Sunday’s final while TKR will await the winner of yesterday’s second playoff between Jamaica Tallawahs and St Kitts and Nevis Patriots for another chance to reach the championship match and defend their CPL title.last_img read more

No Need to Increase Food Imports – Hayles

first_imgMinister of State for Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Ian Hayles, says here are no plans to increase imports of agricultural produce in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. He said that despite the estimated $2 billion in damage to the sector, adequate foodstuff will be available to meet the needs of consumers. “Let me make it quite clear, there will be no importation…in terms of the shortfall, the consumers of this country will have no problem,” he stated at a press conference at the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) office in Claremont, St. Ann, today (Oct. 31), prior to touring the parish. “We cannot continue to import day after day, month after month, it has to come to a stop” he stated, noting that the country’s high import bill for food far exceeds its export earnings. He noted that while the parishes of Portland and St. Mary were severely affected, and preliminary reports are showing some $50 million worth of damage in St. Ann, other food-producing parishes were not as badly affected by the hurricane.  These parishes, he assured, will be able to meet needs, while the Ministry works quickly to put the affected farmers back into production. “So, in terms of imports, we are going to contain it, and at the same time, it is critical that we do everything now to put the farmers back into production as soon as possible,” he stated. The tour was to see firsthand, the damage to farms in the parish as a result of the hurricane, which hit the island on October 24.  Some 1, 500 farmers in St. Ann were affected and 70 hectares of crops damaged. Mr. Hayles issued an appealed for all affected farmers to report the extent of their damage to their RADA office, so that any available assistance can be channeled to them as soon as possible. He said this is very important in ensuring that they get back into production early.last_img read more