The Endless Cycle of Crime in America

For as long as there have been laws there have been criminals. In fact, as long as there have been humans on this planet, I’m sure there have been those who found it easier to steal a meal than to hunt for it. And so ancient civilizations established laws as well as means of enforcing them to help discourage such behavior. To an extent these rules have helped us to support an orderly and civilized existence, because most people abide by them. But still there are those who choose not to and who never will and these few are our subject here. I’m not talking about people who have a few mistakes and learned from them, I’m talking about career criminals, drug dealers, hardcore addicts, thieves, gang members, sexual predators, child molesters, murders, professional con artists, and other assorted vermin.

In America these people have become a burden on our society and or personal safety and that of our families. There are predators among us just as dangerous as any wild animal. They are always looking for the next opportunity, the next victim. And once these people finally do get caught, offenders get placed into a system that will soon spit them right back out on the street to continue on the pattern of violence and thievery. If we could “cure” or reform these people into safe productive members of society this would be great but unfortunately for most of these people there is no such hope. The only thing most of them will learn in jail or prison is how to avoid getting caught next time or how to get out of it more easily when they do get caught. And of course they will learn a few new tricks from their cell mates, new ways to con, steal, or a new recipe for their favorite narcotic.

From what I have seen most the time these criminals have a brood of offspring that will soon follow in their footsteps, just as many of them have followed in the footsteps of their parents. I have worked in a detention facility for over 20 years and yes this has made me a little bias. It has also opened up my eyes to the problems that surround us every day, problems that many of the good people of the world seldom notice or choose to ignore. I live in a small town in the south and I had no idea of the level of crime that was occurring all around me until I came to work in law enforcement. I remember the first thing that shocked me was the rights and privileges these people had, and the hordes of lawyers there were just waiting for you to violate one of them. These guys sat around all day smoking cigarettes and watching TV. They got 3 hot meals a day, and better medical attention than most of the free population and all for free! I soon came to realize that in addition to paying for their room and board most of the guys had families on the outside that were getting some type of government aid so we were paying for them too. Most of the criminals also received government checks of some sort when they were not occupying a jail cell. I never knew there were so many seemingly able-bodied people who were on disability. And who ends up ultimately paying for all this? The honest and hardworking tax payers of course, yet another way these people take advantage of us every day. We have to pay for the Police to try to keep their dirty deeds down to a dull roar, the prisons and jails that house them, the lawyers that defend them, the doctors that treat them, and in many cases their multiple children whose mothers either don’t work or don’t make enough money to support them.

And over the years I have noticed several patterns. The first is that someone arrested for an offense, like say shoplifting, is highly likely to commit the same offense repeatedly or to move on to more serious offenses in the future. They all say “you’ll never see me again” but this rarely happens. The best predictor of future behavior is past behavior and that definitely holds true here. The second and more disturbing pattern is a lot of the people I see being arrested now are second or third generations of the same people who were committing the same offenses years ago. The little 5-year-old I saw visiting his father with his mother 14 years ago is now following in his father’s footsteps. And why not? This is the way of life he learned when he was growing up and it’s the only thing he knows. I think one of the biggest influences on the way a person acts as an adult is what they observe as a child and what kind of role models are available. That’s why it really saddens me to see these mothers drag their children out to the jail twice a week to see their fathers. What kind of message is this sending to them? In most cases the message intentional or not is its okay to break the law, just don’t get caught. These kids learn to distrust and despise law enforcement and see them as the enemy and thus creating another criminal. One of the hardest things for me to understand is the mothers involved here. Do they not see the damage they are doing to their children by allowing this influence?

I am constantly amazed at why women choose to stick by these guys no matter what they do. I have seen women beat by a man and had their children abused by these men in every way imaginable and the next day they are begging and pleading to get them back. I have seem women work two or three jobs to support the children of some criminal and still find time to come visit them every time the door is open and send them cards and love letters every day. And of course to bring them money so they can buy snacks, cigarettes, and other goodies. And what do these women get in return? They get a man with little or no source on income that will usually cheat on and lie to them at every available opportunity. With this kind of support why would any of these guys want to change their ways? Most offenders receive support from a network of enablers like their mothers, baby’s mothers, mistresses, lawyers and of course other criminals.

So what is the answer, how can we break the cycle, and is it even possible? Law enforcement is not really to blame here as I truly believe they are trying to do the best they can with the tools and resources at their disposal. Most agencies are severely underfunded and understaffed, jails and prisons everywhere are already overcrowded and all they can do is keep the pot from boiling over. The only solution at hand now is for everyone to look for and end this pattern in their lives. If you are enabling a person who is a career criminal it’s time for some tough love. It is hard to do this with someone you care about. Think about it next time they want you to come bail them out or bring money to put on their books. In most cases you’re not helping them you are simply making it easier to make the same mistakes again. And parents or relatives of children whose fathers or mothers are bad influences find ways to bring positive influences into their lives, and lessen the impact of the bad decisions and lifestyle of that parent.

What can everyone else do to stop this cycle? We can look for ways to help end it, like maybe being a positive role model for children who lack one. There are a lot of organizations out there like Big Brothers and Big Sisters of America or Boy Scouts as well as a variety of local organizations that can really help these kids to learn that there is another way of life and break the cycle.

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Detect Bed Bugs More Broadly With K9 Inspection

K9, for years, have been called on for their keen sense of smell, whether by police for detecting narcotics and firearms or search and rescue crews for locating missing persons. Now dogs can be employed to detect pests where the eye cannot see.

Bed bugs are more resistant than ever before, and in order to keep up with the evolving critters, pest removal companies must also adapt. This article explains how k9 (canine) bed bug inspection works and why it is leading the way in detection services.

600 hours of training

A certified inspection dog undergoes hundreds of hours of technical K9 detection training, in a similar manner to police and military dogs. Much of this education is done in tandem with the canine’s human technician, which forms the dog/human unit offered by leading pest removal companies.

A variety of breeds are called on for detection services, including the beagle, border collie, and spaniels-breeds that are historically known for their hard-working and intelligent demeanor. The handler is, of course, also highly trained and skilled in pest detection.

Early detection is a key

As with any pest problem around the home, eliminating the threat before it is abundantly evident to the eye is in your best interest. Canine inspection services are recommended as dogs detect bed bugs faster than a trained human technician alone.

This may include behind walls and baseboards, beneath carpeting, or inside furniture, appliances and mattresses. K9 can also sniff out the tiny eggs that are difficult to notice by eye. Confirming bug activity early can save your family from the torment of bites and a visual presence in the home.

90% accuracy rate

This method of pest detection boasts a success rate far higher than human-only services, which can offer only a 30% rate of accuracy. In fact, it is the team of dog and handler working together that makes this system the most reliable option available.

First, the dog will be brought into a room where activity is suspected, sniffing about the area to detect bugs. The technician will then investigate the potential problem area to confirm live activity. From there, the technician will determine the full extent of the pest presence.

Keeps costs down

By locating exactly where in the home pest activity is present-and before an infestation has fully developed-homeowners can respond to the problem with targeted treatment on a smaller scale as opposed to a full-scale fumigation of the entire home.

This method is also worthwhile for prospective property owners. Catching bugs during routine inspections before the property is purchased can prove valuable before long.

Bed bugs have demonstrated to be a most formidable threat and should be responded to with the best defense possible.

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The Whistleblower Effect on Police Departments

As young recruits leave police training programs and enter into their chosen police departments, who knows if they will have the join the ranks of officers who may have the old “blue code of silence,” culture in their ranks. What happens when a bright-eyed, ambitious officer in training wants to come out of the academy and make a good impression in the community in which he serves. When I was growing up there was a police officer living on our block. His name was ‘Angel’ and I don’t remember his last name. He was much older than I was at the time.

He rode around the neighborhood in his squad car. It was no big deal to see Officer ‘Angel’ riding past the house or coming home for lunch in his uniform. You could walk to the police department. At that time, it wasn’t unusual to see the patrolman living in the community with us. In the movie, Frank Serpico, a narcotics detective would have been left to die in a pool of blood had a Hispanic man in the room at the time not called the ambulance.

In the movie, Frank Serpico would have been left to die in a pool of blood had a Hispanic man in the room at the time not called the ambulance. In the movie, Serpico was played by Al Pacino and he played him well. The city of New York was in the middle of the war on drugs, and narcotics divisions needed expertise help and experience. This is what happened in the movie:

In the opening scene of the 1973 movie “Serpico,” I am shot in the face or to be more accurate, the character of Frank Serpico, played by Al Pacino, is shot in the face. Even today it’s very difficult for me to watch those scenes, which depict in a very realistic and terrifying way what actually happened to me on Feb. 3, 1971. I had recently been transferred to the Narcotics division of the New York City Police Department, and we were moving in on a drug dealer on the fourth floor of a walk-up tenement in a Hispanic section of Brooklyn. The police officer backing me up instructed me (since I spoke Spanish) to just get the apartment door open “and leave the rest to us.”

One officer was standing to my left on the landing no more than eight feet away, with his gun drawn; the other officer was to my right rear on the stairwell, also with his gun drawn. When the door opened, I pushed my way in and snapped the chain. The suspect slammed the door closed on me, wedging in my head and right shoulder and arm. I couldn’t move, but I aimed my snub-nose Smith & Wesson revolver at the perp (the movie version, unfortunately; goes a little Hollywood here and has Pacino struggling and failing to raise a much larger 9-millimeter automatic). From behind me, no help came. At that moment my anger got the better of me. I made the almost fatal mistake of taking my eye off the perp and screaming to the officer on my left: “What the hell are you waiting for? Give me a hand!” I turned back to face a gun blast in my face. I had cocked my weapon and fired back at him almost in the same instant, probably as a reflexed action, striking him. (He was later captured.)

When I regained consciousness, I was on my back in a pool of blood trying to assess the damage from the gunshot wound in my cheek. Was this a case of small entry, big exit, as often happens with bullets? Was the back of my head missing? I heard a voice saying, “Don’ worry, you be all right, you be all right,” and when I opened my eyes I saw an old Hispanic man looking down at me like Carlos Castaneda’s Don Juan. My “backup” was nowhere in sight. They hadn’t even called for assistance-I never heard the famed “Code 1013,” meaning “Officer Down.” They didn’t call an ambulance either, I later learned; the old man did. One patrol car responded to investigate, and realizing I was a narcotics officer rushed me to a nearby hospital (one of the officers who drove me that night said, “If I knew it was him, I would have left him there to bleed to death,” I learned later). Read more: http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/10/the-police-are-still-out-of-control-112160#ixzz4N1U30HAM

This scene and others like it was common if you tried to go against your officers and they didn’t like you. You see it in movies and television renditions of police work. It’s a very different world being in this type of environment. If you’re seen as a snitch, you soon will find yourself without any friends, or backup. But my original premise is going back to the way patrolmen would get involved with the community members. Police officers were known as ‘officer friendly.’ Nowadays, we don’t know who they are or where they live. Are the days gone forever, when we had a friendlier and community service atmosphere? Communities have to want this for their city, and they have to fight to gain more control.

Tracy T. Brittain is a political essayist and advocates for women’s rights and human rights of individuals all over the world. She is a professional commentariat and will continue to write thought provoking articles for people with open minds and hearts. She is on the verge of starting a YouTube Radio Show and will get back with more information about that in the future. This particular election has prompted and compelled her to write and put forth her views in support of what’s right.

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This Is Why An Automated Medication Dispensing Machine Is So Famous

The main focus of pharmacists is to improve the safety of patients. They have been looking at a range of approaches and technologies to attain this goal. Automated medication dispensing machines — decentralized medication distribution systems that provide computer-controlled storage, dispensing, and tracking of medications — were introduced to make pharmacists more productive as well as improve patient safety. It allows pharmacists to stock up, manage, pack, cap and label prescription medications efficiently and securely. It can store and handle more than 300 medications, as well as the details of patients.

This software is now widely used in many pharmacies. Before the advent of these machines, the job was done by pharmacists manually. It was a time-consuming process as well as labour-intensive. They had to make the medicinal charts and stock up the inventory. There were delays in delivery and patients had to wait a long time to get their medication.

Now, automated medication dispensing machines can do these tedious tasks in a jiffy. There is also the advantage of increased safety, convenience, and inventory control of medications. They offer a safe medication distribution system. Since pharmacists have more time to tend to other things, their output has increased.

Another highlight is that it enables to fill prescriptions after hours and have them prepared for patients to retrieve the next morning. This is, indeed, a blessing for busy pharmacies.

Earlier, large quantities of floor stock were available in the operating rooms. There was sometimes over-stocking of inventory, missing or erroneous drug charges. Drug wastage was also common. For narcotics and other controlled drugs, pharmacists had to make complicated manual documentations. Automated medication dispensing machines improved efficiency and control of narcotics and other medications in the operating suite. Another medical feature is the ability to continuously monitor the usage of drugs. You get to access a wealth of data and constant feedback while using this software, which leads to better efficiency and optimization.

Finally, a lot of medicines go waste without automated medication dispensing machines. For instance, a pharmacist who draws 5 grams from a 12-gram vial has to throw away what’s left behind because it can’t be used again. On the other hand, automated medication dispensing machines are germ-free and enable to draw from the same vial twice. This results in reduced wastage and considerable long-term savings. That’s a huge savings as some drugs are really expensive. If you’re forced to throw away drugs, you’re literally talking about wasting a huge amount of money by the end of the year.

Pharmacy Automation Systems, the leading robotic prescription dispensing systems manufacturer offers affordable, stand-alone & space saving prescription filling robotics for pharmacies looking for help. Find software for pharmacy like Tech Mate, Versi Mate & Versi Fill II to fill more prescriptions in less time.

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Six Stress-Busters That Will Ease Your Stress At Work

Does your heart beat faster at work and you have trouble sleeping at night? Those are just a couple of symptoms for work-induced stress. Other indications of being stressed at work include headaches, tense muscles, upset stomach, feeling fatigued all the time, and even experiencing chest pains.

Workers often take those symptoms for granted. But these danger signs can be more serious than you think. Deadly serious in fact.

What worries you the most about work and life?

Harvard and Stanford researchers last October found that workplace tension could take from six months to three years off your life. The study cut across many kinds of jobs and income levels. A couple of big worries held by all of the groups surveyed were the fear of losing a job and health insurance.

“If we’re living in a constant state off fight or flight,” says wellness coach Emily Soares Proctor in a printed report, “the stress response happens over and over again, chronically upsetting your entire system and creating the environment for exhaustion and disease.”

While you might question one of the survey’s “findings”-that workplace stress can take months or years off your life-both Proctor and the Harvard survey agree on one thing: you must take action by taking steps to reduce workplace stress.

It’s normal to experience some stress at work. But too much of it lowers your productivity along with your physical and emotional well-being. As mentioned previously, you need to deal with it. “Managing stress is the key to reversing these outcomes,” concludes the Harvard/Stanford survey.

Can workplace stress be managed and ameliorated?

Of course it can. But you need to take the responsibility by blowing off steam in healthy ways by using stress-busters (SBs) that work for you.

Before listing some of the SBs, let’s take a look at self-induced stress from drinking, drugging, or smoking. Those symptoms are the easiest to cure. That’s because all you need to do is stop doing what’s causing the symptoms. If you’re having trouble quitting something, join a self-help group like Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous.

Six powerful stress-busters that allow you to blow off steam in healthy ways

SB #1: EXERCISE. It’s a powerful stress reliever and makes you feel better. Find an exercise-like walking, swimming, cycling, or working out at a gym-that acts as a stress buster that works for you. You can even do some simple stretching exercises at your desk. It’s well known that exercise helps you deal with stress.

SB #2. Listen to music-the kind that soothes you.

SB #3. TAKE A NAP or meditate. I’ve discovered twenty minutes of meditating during the day provides more energy and makes me feel more refreshed than napping.

SB #4. READ A BOOK that interests you. When I was a college freshman, I found a paperback novel lying around the dorm and found that reading a few pages between periods of study and at odd moments during the day relaxed my mind. I still read for relaxation.

SB#5. TALK TO SOMEONE you trust or see a mental health practitioner.

SB#6. BE WILLING TO QUIT YOUR JOB and start searching for another. Even if you don’t quit, a willingness to do so will ease your tension. Why? Because you committed to doing something about it and believe that relief is in sight.

The reversal of stress symptoms

I’ve already mentioned that you-not your boss-are responsible for reversing your symptoms. Your employer doesn’t give a hang about your job satisfaction or the trajectory of your career. Whether your workplace stress is created by conditions surrounding your work-like a crazy boss-or self induced by how you think, live, and manage your work environment, you are responsible for fixing it.

Don’t give up this responsibility.

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Addiction of Opiates

Heroin, Codeine, papaverine and morphine all are related drugs, as they all have the same source. These drugs are deprived from the latex produced from the plant opium, which is scientifically called papaver somniferum from the family papaveracea, by incision.

Generally, drugs that are deprived from this plant are called opioids.

Clinically: Opioids are considered as narcotic analgesics, they are usually combined with anesthetics. They also can be used as cough sedatives and astringent in diarrhea. But the abuse of these drugs without consulting a physician or a pharmacist always leads to dependency and then addiction.

This article will focus on the pharmacological effect of opioids, the symptoms that result from their abuse and withdrawal and how to treat or overcome their addiction.

1- Let’s start with Morphine:
It’s the most strong sedative, it changes the way of perception of pain, it’s given mainly as injection before and after operations and during anesthesia, also acts as gastric sedative.

Although the CLINICAL doses DO NOT CAUSE ADDICTION. It’s highly addictive, the body builds up tolerance to it so larger and larger doses may be necessary to have the same effect. Morphine also depresses the function of the brain center that controls respiration so high doses of morphine can kill by respiratory arrest.

Morphine interacts mainly with the opioid receptors in certain brain cells and other anatomical structures as the gastrointestinal tract and the urinary bladder.

Effects of morphine on the body include:
1- Pin point pupil.
2- vomiting.
3- decrease the reflex effect of cough.
4- Morphine decreases the respiratory rate by depression of respiratory centers, which may cause death by overdosing.
5- Analgesia.
6- Morphine activates the reward system of the brain leading to the sense of contentment.
7- morphine releases histamine from mast cells leading to urticaria
8- Increases the secretion of growth hormone.

Dependence and Tolerance to the drug:
Dependence to morphine occurs due to its effects of depression, sedation and analgesia.

Withdrawal produces a series of autonomic, motor, and psychological responses that incapacitate the individual and cause serious symptoms, although it is rare that the effects cause death.

2- Codeine:
Codeine is a moderately strong opiate drug that is used in pain relief when combined with acetaminophen and for the suppression of coughs at doses that don’t cause analgesia. Codeine crosses the blood brain barrier and activates the reward system in the brain by stimulating the release of certain neurotransmitters.

Some individuals use for legal medical purposes, but over time develop an addiction problem. After prolonged use an individual develops a tolerance for this substance and needs to take more and more of the drug in order to feel the effects.

3- Heroin:
Heroin is considered an opiate not an opioid as it’s synthesized partially in a lab by the acetylation of morphine.

Heroin is highly addictive opiate drug which is considered to be the most common of them.

Heroin is more potent than morphine

Most street heroin is cut with substances as sugar or starch or powdered milk, therefore heroine abusers don’t actually know the true strength of the drug, and they are at high risk of overdose and death.

Heroine is commonly injected, sniffed or smoked.

Treatment of addiction of opiates:
It’s not simple. Because addiction is a chronic disease, people can’t simply stop using drugs for a few days and be cured. Most patients need long-term or repeated care to stop using completely and recover their lives.

Apomorphine: is a substance which is administered to the addict ( primarily heroin addicts) for approximately seven days leading to detoxifying the addict’s body with little or no side effects.

Methadone: which was developed by the Nazis during the world war II after the shortage of morphine, doctors where able to discover a drug that not only worked, but also lasted for a long time.

Buprenorphine: partial agonist that has mild opiate effects and reduces withdrawal cravings ( popular in France)

Doloxine: psychotic way to detoxification, but the side-effects are nasty.

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Dentists to Prescribe OTC Analgesics, Not Opioids

While the United States continues to reel under the epidemic of addiction to prescription pain relievers, fingers are also being raised at the dentists who are turning a blind eye to the issue. Although the prevailing laws don’t oversee how dentists manage pain for their patients, it is time for them to change their age-old prescribing strategies.

More and more young Americans are finding themselves addicted to opioids after getting their wisdom teeth extracted, revealed a new study by the Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA). They are generally ill-informed about the side effects of the medications and dangers of exceeding the prescribed doses. It has been found that dentists usually do not educate patients about proper disposal methods of prescription drugs and possibilities of slipping into their prolonged use.

Recently, about 60 percent of the opioid patients admitted to a treatment center said that they were given their first opioid pain reliever either by a dentist or a general physician, or they managed to get it from the medicine cabinet at home. Most people confessed that they never knew they could say “no” to a prescription or request something non-addictive.

Current prescribing strategies and the way forward

Dentists in America have a tendency to prescribe medications considering a “worst case scenario” pain in their patients. Their inability to anticipate the severity of pain in their patients leads to unnecessary prescriptions for patients who might not experience pain even after a medical procedure. As a result, only 20 percent of patients who will most likely experience severe pain, may experience benefits. Whereas, 80 percent of them may end up with medicines which they might not need.

Today, in the middle of the ongoing opioid epidemic, dentists and general practitioners are grappling with the challenge of accurately predicting which of their patients will experience severe pain. Therefore, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen (Advil) or naproxen sodium (Aleve), should always be the first line of treatment for dental pain management. Apart from being non-addictive, they also work effectively in most of the cases.

Opioid pain medications, like Vicodin and Percocet, should only be used when NSAIDs fail to deliver the desired results. For patients with chronic dental post-surgical pain, another option to lower 100 percent dependence on opioid painkillers would be a combination of ibuprofen or naproxen with 500 mg of acetaminophen alone, which is fundamentally one Extra Strength Tylenol.

It is important to understand the gravity of the situation and ask physicians to prescribe non-narcotic drugs instead of habit-forming medications. It is the joint responsibility of both the patient and the medical practitioner to ensure that addiction-causing medicines are not prescribed unless there is a dire need.

Help is just a call away

Some of the ways to stay away from the dangers of prescription drugs are to use medications only as per the direction of medical practitioners and for a limited period of time, to store medications at a safe place, and to keep the prescriptions only to oneself. Various law enforcement agencies have introduced necessary guidelines to curb over prescription of opioids by doctors, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), to check opioid over prescription. As per the new CDC guidelines, medical practitioners must prescribe opioids only when alternative medications or behavioral therapies have failed to impart the necessary impact.

Prescription drug abuse is dangerous and its overdose can be fatal. Hence, treatment at the earliest is the only solution. If a loved one is grappling with prescription drug abuse and you are clueless about how to handle it, contact the Prescription Drug Addiction Helpline at866-623-3847 to connect to one of the best prescription drug abuse treatment centers. A call to our 24/7 prescription drug abuse helpline can pave the way for your loved one’s recovery with the help of the most reputed prescription drug abuse treatment clinic.

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Aftercare Post Removal of a Wisdom Tooth

When your third molars begin to affect your oral health, the smartest thing to do is to get them removed. However, removal of an impacted wisdom tooth involves a surgical procedure. Therefore, post-surgery care is extremely important. In order to avoid unnecessary pain, infection or swelling, you need to follow the aftercare instructions given by your dentist.

Importance of Aftercare

Majority of the people with impacted teeth prefer removing them. Besides temporary bleeding, discomfort, swelling and bruising after surgery, majority of the patients recover swiftly. However, a common preventable surgical complication is a dry socket.

A dry socket occurs when newly clotted blood within the socket is removed or dissolved, exposing bone and nerve endings. A dry socket can cause severe pain, bad breathe, an unpleasant taste in the mouth, swollen lymph nodes in the neck area. You might also experience a mild fever.

Here are some post-extraction healing instructions that you can follow to prevent potential complications.

Swelling

For at least two days after the surgery, apply ice packs to your cheek after every 20 minute interval. This will help minimize bruising, swelling, or any discomfort. If your wisdom tooth was infected before the surgery, your dentist may suggest using warm and moist compresses rather than ice.

Bleeding

You might encounter some bleeding and it’s normal. Place a gauze pad over the extraction site for half an hour after the extraction. In case of heavy bleeding, biting down on the gauze pad or placing your fingers over the pad continuously for 30 minutes to stop the bleeding. You can also use moistened tea bag instead of the gauze pad. Tea contains tannic acid which contracts the bleeding vessels and helps the blood clot to set.

Mouth Care

Do not eat, drink or speak for the first few hours after the surgery and plan to rest for the remainder of the day. In order to prevent dislodging the blood clot, avoid rinsing vigorously or using a straw while drinking. Also, avoid heavy exercises for a few days. Avoid smoking and spitting excessively on the day of the surgery, or as long as the bleeding continues. After 12 hours, you are allowed to gently rinse with a mild mouthwash or salt water. You can brush your teeth the night of the surgery, however, avoid touching the surgical area.

Diet

Once the bleeding stops, keep yourself hydrated by drinking lots of lukewarm or cold fluids. You can resume having your regular meals. However, it is best for you to stick to clear liquids and soft foods such as puddings, eggs, and mashed potatoes. Liquified vegetables, meats and fruits are also good for you. Avoid drinking soft drinks or foods like popcorn, peanuts, and pasta at any cost, as they can dislodge the blood clot.

Medications

Take the prescribed pain medications and antibiotics as directed by your dentist. If you are on strong narcotic pain medication, you should avoid driving, operating machinery or having avoid alcoholic drinks.

When to Call Your Dentist

The pain and swelling should disappear gradually. However, speak to your dentist if you experience any of the following:

  • Swelling that gets worse instead of better.
  • Excessive bleeding that won’t subside with pressure.
  • Severe, throbbing pain three to four days following surgery.
  • An elevated fever that persists.
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Drug Use in College Can Destroy Career Aspirations

I was recently told a story about an employer participating in a recruiting day at a local university. The recruiter was representing a Federal law enforcement agency. Amazingly, some students seeking information about Federal employment approached the recruiter’s booth reeking of marijuana. The college students appeared dumbfounded when the recruiter advised that applicants for this particular agency must be drug-free for five years prior to being eligible for employment, or longer if other drugs are used. As young people pursue higher education and the experiences college offers, keeping an eye on the future is always advised. Experimental drug use can disqualify a 4.0 GPA college graduate from incredible employment opportunities after graduation and put them years behind the careers of their drug-free counterparts.

When a person thinks about the drugs young adults are exposed to in college, one of the first to come to mind is usually marijuana. However, it has been established that drug use has expanded into the area of prescription drugs as well. One prescription drug in particular that is highly abused on college campuses is Adderall, a central nervous system stimulant used to treat ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). Most of the Adderall abused on campus is obtained from students who may legitimately have ADHD. These students have legitimate prescriptions for Adderall, but have decided to illegally divert the medication to other students. Students typically take Adderall to stay awake preparing for classes and exams or to attend an all-night party. Although it may be perceived as a harmless act at the time, students who obtain drugs illegally during college may be disqualified from obtaining lucrative employment for years after graduation, or banned completely from some opportunities entirely.

College graduates can develop drug addictions and continue to misuse prescription or other illegal drugs after graduation. For these young adults, employment will be increasing difficult to attain because most employers drug test applicants as well as conduct random drug testing during employment. Over 80% of Fortune 500 companies perform drug and alcohol testing of their employees. (1) The largest employer in our country, the U.S. Government, typically requires abstinence from illegal drug use for several years before they will consider an applicant eligible for employment. Depending on the drug abused and length of the abuse, a potential candidate for Federal employment may never be considered eligible. When applying to a Federal job, applicants are required to complete a drug-use questionnaire. This is typically followed by a polygraph examination to detect deception. Additionally, it is critical for applicants to be honest in their responses when applying for any job because if it is discovered they are misrepresenting the facts, they may be immediately disqualified or terminated and may even face criminal charges.

The temptation to use prescription stimulants in college is strong for many students because the drugs provide increased wakefulness and energy. The stimulants can seemingly assist busy students by providing more time to address school work and removing the feeling of tiredness and need to sleep. However, studies have found that the stimulants do not enhance learning or thinking ability when taken by people who do not actually have ADHD. Additionally, research has shown that students who abuse prescription stimulants like Adderall who are not diagnosed with an attention deficit actually have lower GPAs in college than those who do not. (2)

There are other considerations against abusing stimulants like Adderall aside from the potential career derailment. Taking Adderall without being prescribed and medically supervised by a physician can also be physically harmful and may lead to long-term addiction. Stimulants like Adderall can increase blood pressure, heart rate, and body temperature, as well as decrease sleep and appetite. Lack of sleep and malnutrition not only impair judgment and cognitive abilities, but can have long-term negative effects on the body, especially if there are any pre-existing medical conditions. Repeated abuse of stimulants can lead to feelings of hostility and paranoia and at high doses, they can lead to serious cardiovascular complications, including stroke. (3)

Adderall is a particularly dangerous drug for college students to abuse because of its highly addictive qualities. As a result, Adderall has been placed in the highest possible schedule for approved prescriptions under the federal list of controlled substances (Schedule II), similar to Hydrocodone and Oxycontin. Similar to the dangers of other Schedule II narcotics, mixing Adderall with alcohol is very dangerous because it increases the risk of alcohol poisoning. This is because the alertness Adderall produces can mask the effects of severe alcohol intoxication. Someone taking Adderall might not realize how intoxicated they are, as it may prevent them from getting tired, falling asleep, and ultimately ending their party for the evening. As a result, they do not stop drinking and eventually end up with alcohol poisoning. (4)

College students are advised to abstain from the temptations of illegal drug use and recreational prescription drug use in order to secure their future. While it may seem harmless or even necessary at the time, taking marijuana, Adderall, and other drugs can have a devastating result. Additionally, individuals who share or sell any legitimate prescription drugs, including Adderall, are committing a felony and could be prosecuted for drug trafficking and other federal offenses. Most importantly, students should maintain a healthy drug free lifestyle throughout college in order to be fully functioning during classes as well as prepared and eligible to enter the job market after graduation. Otherwise, instead of pursuing desired career aspirations, young people may be pursuing addiction intervention.

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Can Depression Be Helpful

Depression has achieved social negligence, viewed as a hazard for the society by the physiologists. The common belief goes that when a man gets depressed from the things around him and thinks himself to be the cause of his failures; then he should look around for a change, discontinuing his work for a while and channelising his energy towards spiritual guidance to achieve the peace of mind.

But can it be true that instead of viewing depression as a misfortune happened to our life, it can prove out to be beneficial to us? Can depression help in enhancing our capabilities of doing work?

We all must have heard the phrase “happy- go-lucky” often employed to the people who are careless and live their life under ignorance, but what about a depressed person. Clearly, there are no such statements. The biggest negative impact of depression is the declining health status, but it does have a few merits too. Studies have found out that people under depression can go on working for longer hours without feeling boredom, they are more focused and show a greater dedication and sincerity towards their work.

Depression is like a slow smouldering of the human heart on the inside and while imbibed it intoxicates working much like narcotics while carrying within itself the future possibilities of ill-health.

According to two researchers, Paul Andrews, a clinical psychologist, and Anderson Thomson, a psychiatrist depression can increase our analytical thinking and help us stay focused. A common belief is that they are well practised at reflection and self-analysis, making them be deep thinkers pondering about life from a closer perspective than the happy ones and would be smarter than many people.

Depression helps us to appreciate things so much more; even small acts of kindness from other people make us feel pleased. According to Dr Paul Keedwell, an expert on mood disorders at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London, seems to have a firm belief in the idea of impacts of depression on everyday life. He says after going through the phase of depression, many have claimed to have developed a respectful opinion and care knowing the importance of life.

There are millions of people who enter the similar phase of depression. And nearly all of them have seen it as a positive aspect of life.However, we must see this as a natural phenomenon of life and instead of being disheartened live it taking it as the other part of life.

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