Week In Review: May 9, 2016

 

Important news, this week, as we discuss addiction, treatment and mass incarceration. It seems there has been a national conversation that is more focused on treating addiction - rather than criminalizing it. This type of conversation fosters advancements in medical protocol and a questioning of the previous status quo:

American killed in Iraq after ISIS broke through Peshmerga linesAn American service member was killed in Iraq as a result of enemy fire about thirty kilometers north of Mosul, Pentagon officials confirmed Tuesday.

The service member was a Navy SEAL, a U.S. defense official told CNN, though the SEAL's rank is still unclear. The person was an adviser to Kurdish Peshmerga forces that are fighting ISIS and was killed during an ISIS assault.

http://www.cnn.com/2016/05/03/politics/us-service-member-killed-iraq-mosul/index.html

Racial slurs by law enforcement are a legacy that's becoming more unacceptable

Recent controversies over emails and texts show how the intense scrutiny currently faced by police officers has extended beyond their actions on patrol and into communications that some thought were private.

http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-sheriff-police-emails-20160503-story.html

The reporting on Prince’s death reveals how much we don’t understand about chronic pain management.

Musician Prince had been treated for an extended period of time with pain-relieving drugs. Reports suggest that an overdose of one of those drugs led to the emergency landing of his private plane early one April morning. It’s widely assumed that his death six days later was also drug-related.

http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/medical_examiner/2016/05/prince_s_death_reveals_we_have_no_idea_what_addiction_really_means.html

 LA County To End Solitary Confinement Of Juveniles

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to end the practice of solitary confinement at its three juvenile halls and 13 camps.

http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2016/05/03/la-county-to-end-solitary-confinement-of-juveniles/#.VykPlvDFLBc.twila tter

Use of OxyContin to treat pain is under fire due to ‘12 hour’ claim, risk of abuse

A neuroscientist and physician who oversees the treatment of painkiller addicts at the Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage, said that repeated episodes of withdrawal from OxyContin “absolutely” raise the risk that patients will abuse the medication.

http://static.latimes.com/oxycontin-part1/#nt=oft07a-2gp1