While the recent cases in Arizona are officially unconfirmed, the patients told physicians that they had taken the drug, according to a doctor at the Banner Poison Control and Drug Information Center in Phoenix. Desomorphine, however, is not why krokodil is so dangerous. About 10 years ago, Russians apparently discovered how to synthesize desomorphine at home using commercially available ingredients including red phosphorus, which they reportedly glean from the sides of matchboxes, and codeine, which until last year was available over the counter in Russia. The resulting substance contains several caustic byproducts. When you use the krokodil . . . really what youre doing is injecting red phosphorus and solvents into your body, said Matt Zuckerman, a toxicologist at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. With regular use, those toxins can rot flesh, causing abscesses and gangrene. A recent U.N. report attributed krokodils emergence to a heroin shortage in Russia. The countrys head drug official has said that a ban on over-the-counter sales of codeine has reduced krokodil use. Zuckerman suggested that krokodil is unlikely to become popular in the United States.
Report: States failing to curb prescription abuse
The US team continue their trend of success in odd years and no doubt they’ll be tuned up for a jolly good spanking in Gleneagles in 2014. Tweeter Alliss (@TweeterAlliss) October 6, 2013 The Yanks last lost the Presidents Cup in 1998 when Bill Clinton was calling the shots in the White House and Tiger Woods had only one major championship to his credit. During that same 15-year period, however, the Americans have captured just two of seven Ryder Cup matches, a stretch that includes a pair of losses on its home soil and a historic collapse in the 2012 competition at Medinah. David Cannon/Getty Images Its a confounding trend that must have current Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson searching for answers in advance of the 2014 matches scheduled for next September at Gleneagles in Scotland. The Americans will be looking to topple the Europeans on their home turf for the first time since 1993 . If the legendary Watson was paying any attention this weekend, he would have witnessed a United States team that was focused, confident and above all else loose at Muirfield. Pairings such as Woods and Matt Kuchar, Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley, and even Steve Stricker and rookie Jordan Spiethweren’tjust effective, they were engaged and having fun. As a result, even when the Americans fell behind, as they did early in the final foursomes session on Saturday, the Yanks managed to stay relaxed and eventually rallied. “When you’re prepared, you’re more confident. When you have a strategy, you’re more comfortable.”–U.S. Captain Fred Couples Golf Digest (@GolfDigestMag) October 7, 2013 Ironically, thats the exact winning formula the Europeans have utilized during their run of dominance in the more intense and prestigious Ryder Cup. By contrast, the Americans play the event as if in a vice grip of pressure and angst. Top golfers like Tiger and Phil play like the world is on their shoulders and other veterans and less experienced golfers often appear in over their heads to put it kindly. That was certainly the case at Medinah last year as the Americans blew a four-point lead at the start of the singles competition and appeared to be playing golf in quick sand as the Europeans rallied to retain the cup by a single point.
Why Does United States Excel at Presidents Cups but Struggle at Ryder Cups?
– How could the United States default? Washington takes in about 70 cents in taxes for every dollar it spends, so it must borrow to pay its bills. This would be easy as there are plenty of investors who want to lend America money. The problem: Congress put a ceiling on government debt and lawmakers haven’t struck a deal to raise it. – So will Washington go broke on October 17? No, but it will be dangerously low on cash. The government has been scraping up against the debt ceiling since May, and now looks set to hit it around mid-month. When it does, the Treasury thinks it will have about $30 billion in the bank. Because it won’t be able to add to the national debt, bills will have to be paid with incoming revenues and cash on hand. – How long will the money last? Not long at all. The Congressional Budget Office thinks the United States would start missing payments on at least some of its obligations between October 22 and the end of the month. No one knows the exact day because you can’t know what tomorrow’s tax revenues will look like. – The United States defaults when the money runs out, right?
Factbox: When could the debt ceiling put the United States in default?
So have the number of fatal poisonings due to prescription painkillers, according to the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. Prescription drug misuse is now responsible for more deaths than heroin and cocaine combined. Despite these shocking statistics, a new report from Trust for America’s Health finds many states are lacking effective strategies to curb prescription drug abuse. The report, titled ” Prescription Drug Abuse: Strategies to Stop the Epidemic ,” shows more than half the states scored a six or less on the advocacy organization’s scale, which assesses the ways states are trying to combat prescription drug abuse. Only two states, New Mexico and Vermont, scored 10 out of 10. “In the past two decades we’ve seen many advances in the development of new prescription drugs, which have been a miracle for many,” said Jeff Levi, executive director of Trust for America’s Health. “But we’ve also seen a corresponding rise in misuse, and the consequences can be dire.” There is some good news. The estimated number of Americans who abuse prescription drugs was 6.1 million in 2011, down from 7 million the previous year, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health. But the number of drug overdose deaths, the majority of which are due to prescription drugs, has doubled in 29 states since 1999, according to this new report. And in some of those states the number of deaths has tripled, or even quadrupled. Trust for America’s Health evaluated each state on several strategies that have shown promise in fighting against prescription drug abuse.