Youth Overdose Deaths Up In 35 States

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In a world with no morals, the first thing to become extinct will be mentors and role-models.

Lack of Responsibility for one’s own actions, and Lack of Respect for Laws and Law Enforcement by a large percentage of adults is having a very negative impact on teenagers, and is already taking a heavy toll.

Although what should be apparent, and a MAJOR WAKEUP CALL to all is THE NEW CLOCK ON THE WALL.

The Clock that keeps track of the exponentially spreading HIV, AIDS, STDs, STIs, AND EBOLA; but there is one difference in that clock, it’s not COUNTING TIME, IT IS SUBTRACTING TIME…. until every disease unique to humans becomes extinct.

Thirty-five states saw youth drug overdose deaths increase dramatically in the past decade, according to a new report. And in five states – Kansas, Montana, Ohio, Wisconsin and Wyoming – the overdose death rates more than quadrupled.

Drug overdoses were the leading cause of injury death in 2013, exceeding that of motor vehicle crashes, says the report released Thursday from Trust for America’s Health, a national non-profit group that watchdogs public health issues.

Reducing Teen Substance Misuse: What Really Works ranks states on their actions to curb teen substance abuse — from alcohol to opioids — among 12 to 25-year-olds in the U.S from 1999 to 2013.

Of the 35 states that have seen an increase in youth overdose deaths from 1999 to 2011, rates more than tripled in 12 states (Arkansas, Delaware, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New York, Oklahoma, Utah and West Virginia).

While Kansas, Montana, Ohio, Wisconsin, and Wyoming saw the biggest increase in youth overdoses in the same period, those states do not currently have the highest rates in the country. Current rates are highest in West Virginia, where 12.6 per 100,000 youths overdosed from 2011 to 2013 — compared with North Dakota, where only 2.2 per 100,000 youths overdosed in the same time period, according to the report.

“More than 90 percent of adults who develop a substance use disorder began using before they were 18,” Jeffrey Levi, executive director of Trust for America’s Health, said in a press release.

The amount of prescription painkillers prescribed and sold in the U.S. has nearly quadrupled since 1999, and prescription drug overdoses accounted for more than half of the all drug overdoses in 2013. Nationally, males are 2.5 times more likely to overdose as females, according to the report.

“The increase in youth drug overdose deaths is largely tied to increases in prescription drug misuse and the related doubling in heroin use by 18 to 25-year-olds in the past 10 years – 45 percent of people who use heroin are also addicted to prescription painkillers,” the report said.

The report highlights 10 indicators of policy strategies that could help curb substance abuse in the younger population. These include limiting access to the drugs, increased funding for treatment facilities and improving counseling, early intervention strategies and recovery support.

“Achieving any major reduction in substance misuse will require a reboot in our approach – starting with a greater emphasis on preventing use before it starts, intervening and providing support earlier and viewing treatment and recovery as a long-term commitment,” Levi said

Anonymous Declares War On Isis

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WE are Anonymous, and We are Legion

Hacker collective Anonymous has declared “war is unleashed” against ISIS, the Islamic militant group that claimed responsibility for the deadly attacks that occurred Friday in Paris.

ISIS has used the Internet to recruit new members from around the world and to spread chilling images of executions and other violence.

Anonymous, a loosely affiliated group of Internet users who hack and spread leaked information, said in a series of tweets and a YouTube video that it wants to steal information from that Web traffic and force ISIS into Internet obscurity. Indeed, its #OpParis campaign aims to strip ISIS of one of its most valuable tools: the Internet.

In the YouTube video published Sunday, a masked announcer speaks in French. The statement was widely translated as saying, “Expect massive cyber attacks. War is declared.  Get prepared.”

Anonymous has leveled its ire at a huge variety of individuals, groups and companies that it perceives as crossing ethical and moral lines.  Their attacks involve leaking documents and taking down websites with a form of attack called distributed denial of service, which overwhelms websites with too many requests.  The group’s targets have included the Ku Klux Klan, the Westboro Baptist Church (known for protesting the funerals of fallen soldiers and others in the United States), Monsanto and Koch Industries.

The list of Anonymous‘ targets also includes governments, such as Tunisia in 2011, in response to reports of censorship during the Arab Spring uprisings.
But ISIS, or the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, which has been a warring force in the Middle East, just struck at the heart of the Western World.

Anonymous‘ announcement isn’t brand new. It began targeting ISIS earlier, especially after gunmen opened fire at the offices of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in January, killing 12.

#OpParis is aimed at ISIS’ use of social media and other Web services.  Beheadings and other executions of journalists, members of different Islamic groups and people accused of being gay have circulated on the Web over the past two years.  Also, recruitment websites have urged people from around the world to leave their homes and fight with ISIS.

This activity has already gotten the attention of Western governments.  For example, law enforcement and intelligence officers monitor recruitment websites.  Anonymous seems fixed on amplifying these efforts with its brand of crowdsourced hacking, nevermind the law.

On Monday, a Twitter handle calling itself the official #OpParis account claimed a number of “pro-ISIS” accounts had been taken down.
More that 3824 Twitter accounts pro #ISIS are now #down! #ExpectUs#OpParis#Anonymous
— #OpParis (@opparisofficial) November 16, 2015

Anonymous, however, isn’t a unified group, and dissenters were tweeting their disapproval on Monday.  One Anonymous-affiliated Twitter user, who goes by the handle Discordian and claims to have participated in several Anonymous hacking efforts, said he opposes #OpParis for a variety of reasons.

“How exactly do they plan to stop an international terrorist organization that has been able to plot attacks regardless of the mass-spying by governments around the globe?” Discordian wrote on a text-hosting website called Pastebin.

Predictions from those in the cybersecurity industry of whether Anonymous will be successful are mixed, with experts saying they understand why Anonymous wants to target ISIS.

Stu Sjouwerman, founder and CEO of cybersecurity company KnowBe4, is optimistic that Anonymous will be successful.  “I wish Anonymous good luck with this campaign,” he said.

Shame On U.S.

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Shame on U.S.

We have a serious problem in our country, and it begins and ends in the job place.

I’m going to give you the solution to our problem before I tell you how Our Children and Families are paying the price:

  • All Child Maltreatment calls are answered and investigated by Local Law Enforcement
  • Washington monitors State CPS Offices very closely

Our Children and Families are paying the price

Everytime a problem arises at one of our State CPS Offices, we hear one stock answer: “We need more money and more help”.

The taxpayer is taxed enough already.  Millions of Dollars are being wasted and mismanaged already.  Here are just a few examples of how our tax dollars are being spent:

  1. 6,000 uninvestigated Child Abuse case files are thrown in a dumpster by CPS employees.
  2. A major part of required paperwork is not filled out correctly, or not done at all.
  3. CPS answering machines mysteriously erase all Child Abuse calls.
  4. CPS employees file “manufactured” evidence with the court system.
  5. CPS employees file erroneous Child Abuse reports during off hours against people they do not like.

As it is now, State CPS Offices are corrupt and seriously mismanaged.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kv42L1XkCBY
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Panel Charged With Eliminating Child Abuse Deaths
February 25, 2014

http://www.npr.org/2014/02/25/282359501/panel-charged-with-eliminating-child-abuse-deaths

12 MEMBER PANEL APPOINTED BY PRESIDENT IN 2013

A federal commission to prevent children’s deaths from abuse and neglect held its first meeting on Monday. Figuring out the extent of the problem is just one challenge facing the new commission.

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About 1700 children die in the U.S. each year as the result of abuse and neglect.  At least that’s the official count.

Many experts think the real number is much higher.

“DEATHS AT THE HANDS OF FAMILY AND FRIENDS”????

(CT)
The stories are usually too horrific for people to think about; children beaten, stabbed, abused to death often at the hands of family or friends.  And often in families that have already raised red flags with authorities.

HEAD OF “EVERY CHILD MATTERS” GIVES SUGGESTION

Michael Petit, who heads an advocacy group called Every Child Matters, says one problem is that the cause of death is often in dispute.

And I think knowing what those three or 4,000 deaths are is going to be important to us, in terms of what’s the cause of death, who is that’s doing the crime, and so forth, right?

FORMER CHILD WELFARE OFFICIAL CHAIRS THE COMMISSION????

(CT)
But panel members say there is a lot that is known about such deaths, such as their prevalence in households with a history of domestic violence or drug abuse.

(CT)
Others have been down this road before and we’ve still got child deaths.  I think we’re idealistic to think that we’re going to stop all child deaths.

(CT)
The panel could make some progress reducing them.  It has two years to complete its work. ∗∗∗∗(3 months left)


Child Abuse And Neglect Laws Aren’t Being Enforced, Report Finds
January 27, 2015

http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2015/01/27/381636056/child-abuse-and-neglect-laws-arent-being-enforced-report-finds

The numbers are grim.  Almost 680,000 children in the United States were the victims of abuse and neglect in 2013.  More than 1,500 of them died.

FEDERAL OFFICIALS SAY NUMBERS ARE LOWER????

Federal officials say they’re encouraged that the numbers are lower than they were in 2012.  But children’s advocates say abuse is so often not reported that it’s impossible to know if there’s really been a decline.

DATA IS FLAWED

“This is just something that’s chronically underreported,” says Elisa Weichel, a staff attorney with the Children’s Advocacy Institute, which published the report Tuesday.

She says abuse and neglect cases — especially those resulting in death — are often not disclosed as required by law.  That lack of information has led to other problems in the system.

“It all boils down to having the right amount of data about what’s working and what’s not,” Weichel says.  “And when your data is flawed, every other part of your system is going to be flawed.”

NOT ONE STATE MEETS MINIMUM CHILD WELFARE STANDARDS

Her group has found plenty of flaws.  The institute conducted a three-year study and found that not one state has met all of the minimum child welfare standards set by the federal government.

LIAR LIAR PANTS ON FIRE

“Whether or not individual states can meet a reporting standard to us is not where the emphasis ought to be,” says Ron Smith, director of legislative affairs for the American Public Human Services Association, which represents child welfare administrators.

“It needs to be on making sure that the kids who need assistance are getting assistance, and the families that need assistance are getting the assistance,” he says.

Smith says state and local officials complain that they spend too much time filling out federal forms and trying to meet requirements that aren’t necessarily best for kids.

Instead, he says, they want flexibility on how to spend federal funds so they can focus more on keeping families together.

Just in case someone wants to look at this report or download it:

CAI Holds Congressional Briefing to Unveil New Report:
SHAME on U.S.
Failings by All Three Branches of Our Federal Government Leave Abused and Neglected Children Vulnerable to Further Harm
January 27, 2015

http://www.caichildlaw.org/Shame_on_US.htm

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