No drugs tested as suspected Krokodil have contained desomorphine, the intoxicating agent in the mixture. Krokodil is not believed to have left Russia, where it is used only by poor people and in rural areas where heroin is not available. Most users have self-manufactured the drug from codeine. It is the impurities from the manufacture that cause the distinctive flesh deterioration.
According to the DEA and its sister agencies in Canada and the UK, there are no known cases in the West involving skin, blood or bone infections that can be attributed to anything but the usual sources: poor sanitation on the part of injection drug users.
This morning I had an interchange with someone I’ve known most of my life. It was prompted by an email in which he (given the number of males in the world, it won’t hurt if I mention gender) criticized an article to which I’d sent him a link.
Had the remarks been about the substance of the item, I would have given them careful attention. Instead, however, he chose to criticize the editing and the ability of the writer, barely mentioning the content at all. Since belittling others is an unfortunately common thing with him, I responded with “I wish I was perfect,” to which he took exception at some length.
I don’t know why this man, who has had some impressive accomplishments, is extremely intelligent by anyone’s standards, and who has lived a long, productive life, feels the need to constantly show his superiority by indicating how inept others are. Continue reading
It’s Thanksgiving again (or Thanksgivikkah this year, if you will), and around this time it’s inevitable that thousands of recovery meetings will respond with lots of sharing about gratitude. Just about anyone who’s breathing and taking nourishment has something to be thankful for, and it does us good to bring those things out and look at them from time to time. This is one of those times.
My wife says she’s tired of gratitude meetings until she’s in one, and I agree. People may be a bit repetitive when they share, but those folks aren’t talking for our benefit, they’re sharing for themselves: their own experience, the strength it has given them, and their hopes for the future. What more appropriate time to do so than on a national holiday dedicated to overeating and football being thankful for the good things life has given us?
Who has more reason to be thankful than us recovering alcoholics and other addicts? We are in remission from a deadly disease, and through the help of a Higher Power (however we may understand it) and the other people in our lives, we will be able to maintain that remission indefinitely, thanks to the skills we’ve learned and the progress we’ve made. People die from this disease — hundreds of them, every day of the year. Thanksgiving, too. But we don’t have to!
Happy Thanksgivikkah! And thanks for being part of my recovery (you are, you know)!
- The Beauty of the Gratitude List (chavonneawright.wordpress.com)
- Finding Gratitude: For Thanksgiving…my Thanksgiving (middlesage.com)
- Adding Gratitude into your holidays (createbalanceandfindinghappiness.wordpress.com)
“Use of e-cigarettes is associated with heavier use of conventional cigarettes, which raises the likelihood that actual use of e-cigarettes may increase harm by creating a new pathway for youth to become addicted to nicotine and by reducing the odds that an adolescent will stop smoking conventional cigarettes.” MORE>>>
“Previous research has shown that heavy drinking is a risk factor for more than 200 diseases or injuries. To quantify the influence of alcohol use on the burden of disease, researchers analyzed information from the National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions and the burden of disease study of the National Institutes of Health and found that AUD was linked to three percent of all deaths in adults 18 and older in the U.S.