35 Burst results for "Drug Abuse"
Can We Transform Criminals With Love? With Ex Convict Daniel Collins
"We lock people up in prison we eliminate crime. Now we die. We we take it out of the public. I put it in this private underworld right which sexual assault still happen. Which murders still happen in which drug abuse still happens. I mean everything's still goes on because our whole mindset is meant to be punitive and nothing about rehabilitating right then. We wonder why he wanted people to get better. You wouldn't throw them in a cage and the idea is that it's justified behind the criminals. But you're not taking society into account you gotta detach emotionalism from this. You gotta use some objective reason and look at it from a point of view that if you really want society to heal even the most harder we should never lower our human rights as a society are principles that we are guided by to meet those of our most sickened or hardened criminals. And that's what we do. We matched them at their level instead of trying to bring them up to the level of society and they need is love. And that's something. They probably have never got abs number and then issues. You're searching to fill a void and if the only thing that can make your energy flow through your body is to commit a crime or do something violent. Because that's how oppressed you were as a child is a baby could express yourself as a teenager growing up then. Of course you're going to resort. It's like it's almost scientific. The the human mind will resort to those types of things. If you are repressing any side of yourself. As in that's the thing i've had to d program myself in unlearn everything that i've ever learned about life about relationships with people you know like i said with faith with masculinity with Drug addiction and all the underlying issues. And i've done it without therapy. I've gone through trial and error bumping my hand against one million times and i still have issues with it. You know what i mean. I inner demons all the time. And i'm thankful that i've got some people that are helping out with it but this is the other thing you get out of prison. They don't offer this kind of access in prison in if they do. The label of being a psychological are being a site inmate in prison is not good you get thrown into camps so you could be like somebody who may be suffering from a high functioning person suffering depression or something. Yeah you need some but you will get thrown in the same box with the saint with the people that are way far. Going in the you know the level. It's a one size cookie cutter approach to mental health in
Tribal Leader Says Pandemic Has Increased Drug Abuse
"In wisconsin are confronting increased drug use during the covid nineteen pandemic according to a tribal leader and tribes are calling for an end to race based mascots. Those were among issues lacked. Flambeau president john d johnson senior touched on during this year state of the tribes address. He delivered tuesday. Danielle catering has more speaking before. Wisconsin lawmakers johnson emphasized that not only the virus but increased drug abuse of fat all and meth have claimed those most vulnerable during the public health crisis floor drugs into the north woods has escalated during the pandemic as mental health economic and social challenges. Exert drawing pressure on our people and families. Johnson supported governor tony ears proposal to provide funding for a regional mental health center in the next budget. Wisconsin's governor has proposed more than one hundred fifty million dollars for mental health services. During his remarks johnson also called on all organizations and schools to retire. The use of race mascots briefly based mascots remained unhealed wound for countless native americans who endure being portrayed as something less than human everts has also proposed funding to help wisconsin schools. Replace race-based logos. It's unclear whether republican lawmakers will back. The governor's proposals as they've already stripped hundreds of items from his proposed budget for national native news. I'm daniel casting.
Bobby Brown's Son Reportedly Died From Drugs, Alcohol
"We now know what caused the death of singer Bobby brown son well the brown junior was found dead in his Los Angeles home last November eighteenth authorities said at the time no foul play was involved and now the coroner's office in Los Angeles has weighed in with its findings the report says the younger brown died from combined effects of alcohol cocaine and the opioid fentanyl it also says brown had a history of drug and alcohol abuse and that his demise was ruled an accident the death continues a string of drug related deaths with those close to Bobby brown who used to be with new edition his ex wife Whitney Houston drowned in a hotel bathtub in a case linked to cocaine use in twenty twelve and twenty fifteen the daughter Bobbi Kristina brown also died after being found face down in the tub and lingering in a coma for six months her death was also tied to drug abuse I'm Oscar wells Gabriel
Demi Lovato's Dancing With the Devil
"Before we get into it. We're about to talk about. I just wanna get the trigger warning for drug abuse by this. D'amato docu series. Julie i cannot tell you how excited i am not only to watch it but then to talk about it on this podcast. Oh my god. Same obsessed with the first one. I was so i cannot wait for this. Yeah this whole theme of celebrities with these docu series. I think i just really enjoy it. I feel like it's a completely different look into their lives. And for anybody who didn't see there was a roughly three minute trailer released for her docu series called dancing with the devil is going to be a four part series premiering on march twenty third and in it. I mean this. This trailer was seriously packed. We saw so many different things and of course a lot of it was centered around her overdose and how she really almost died. There's this one part where she says. My doctor said that. I had five to ten more minutes. Had a lot of lives. Like my cat on my ninth life talking about how she had three strokes she had a heart attack and kinda just the level of severity that that overdose caused her and how she really was on the brink of death. And i know we know it. I know we've heard her make statements on it but watching us it was additionally powerful and i am so like deeply invested in her story. I can't even explain
State Assemblymen introduce 'Let Them Play' resolution for youth sports to resume in California
"And California's statewide stay at home order has been lifted, but youth athletics remain shut down. But KFBK is Johnny D. Augustine, he tells us to local lawmakers are now pushing to lift the ban on kids sports programs. Assemblyman James Gallagher and Kevin Kiley are announcing today the Let them play resolution aiming to get California's kids in sports programs. Once again, you're the city's Gallagher says. Without sports kids across the state are losing direction going gang drug abuse. We've seen a 60% increase in the amount of youth needed. Health services, You know, without this vital outlet so crucial to bringing up good citizens. All those things have been lost in the Gallagher adds that a safe transition back into sports won't be too hard for coaches. Often times our coaches have toe, you know, change things up to ensure that kid's air safe in practice and in the games. We can certainly do the same thing when it comes to covet 19. The legislators are asking every member of the state Assembly to co author the
Arkansas women charged after pet raccoon attacks baby
"Trapped and this is so excited for these stories that we have in raccoon. Medicine was talking about over the break. One of the things he saw was everyone was getting raccoons right because everyone well literally blown up ever known anybody that have a pet raccoon. Never in my life. I have in rating. I see it more and more you. Even you have not known somebody to own a pet recommend so to say everybody is getting married broke. The internet exploded. Sounds like a great idea and in fact there are a handful of states. Allow that including arkansas. Oh hell yeah. So that's what was happening. When one lady had her little toddler over little ten month old in fact she was spending the night with some friends who had a pet raccoon. And what happens. Is that raccoon toward the hell. Out of that little month-old now you'd think if that happened. You wanna talk to the local news. Well you wouldn't put your sister sure as hell. Well thirteen memphis. They tracked down the house where this alleged raccoon attack happened. Andy is willing to defend the activity of her sister who keeps the raccoon personally. Don't believe any of her animals could have done this if it was a dog. Dogs bite and these were little nibbles could say it was a mouse. But then you know they have to go over there and look in. The walls had three dogs in the house to catch in the pit. Reckon sometime during that night. It appears to pet raccoon. Time into a pack imply that an eight to ten month old baby was in. That appears there was drug use and they found out suspects were intoxicated. Passed out then. Everyone was asleep when the alleged incident happened. I'm not saying that there was not any thing that could have been done better. But i do know that my sister she takes very good care of her animals while it is arkansas. We have learned that you cannot own more than five raccoons. So this is going on here. How does not make it to my desk. For redneck news. Crap on the winners of the year tastes good care for pets except he's passed out drunk drug abuse and all they're talking about is how well they take care of the raccoon. Dogs human baby. Yeah
Study identifies first potential treatment for meth addiction
"Has come roaring back, and during the pandemic, it has grown even worse. Deaths from meth overdoses surged by roughly a third last year, but there is some good news for the first time, Researchers say they have found a medical treatment that helps some people trying to recover from meth addiction. The study was published today in the New England Journal of Medicine. NPR addiction correspondent Brian Mann reports Jessica Martinez started using meth when she earned money as a sex worker paying her way through college. Her life quickly unraveled. Oh, I was shooting up every day. Sometimes 2 to 3 times a day mess is incredibly toxic and incredibly addictive. Martinez, who works now helping others with meth addiction, says when she started her recovery two years ago, it was brutally hard, in part because there was no medical treatments to help with cravings and withdrawal for heroin users. There's nothing down there, Suboxone I just wonder why we haven't researched this drug yet, but research has been happening at clinics around the country. Doctors working with the National Institute of Drug Abuse found a combination of two drugs now tracks own and bupropion helped many of their patients avoid relapse. Peace progress on it's quite significant. Dr Nora Volkow Biz, the institute's director. She says the clinical trial found roughly one in nine patients who used these two drugs in combination saw significant improvement. That may not sound like a home run. But she says, for medications, treating mental health or addiction, that's a strong result. Well, cops says it appears the drugs work together to ease depression and cravings. I mean, we have started to help them that way. This is done. We'll leave them to achieve recovery again. Many patients weren't helped by this treatment, but because these two drugs are widely available for treating other medical conditions, Volkov expects doctors to begin trying the method even before it wins approval from the Food and Drug Administration. Right now, I'm in the moment that the paper is published. Doctors are going to be reading about it than may prescribed the medications off label to their patients. Dr. Laura Raise a psychologist researching medical treatments for meth addiction at U. C. L. A She says. Today's study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, changes the landscape of meth treatment. So far, we have come up empty. So I believe that this finding this clinical trial really is a breakthrough in many ways, because there have been many, many failed trials. This new treatment arrives at a moment when meth overdoses are killing four times more Americans every year. Compared with the decade ago. Matthew Donahue with the Drug Enforcement Administration says the trend is fueled by a pipeline of cheap meth smuggled from Mexico. It's almost like methamphetamines form the sky right now. With the amount that's coming through the borders through boats on planes, Donahue says methods everywhere from the deep south to the Pacific Northwest. He thinks the lack of medical therapies has complicated efforts to curb demand. There's one more reason new treatment approaches to help people quit meth are desperately needed more methods being laced with another deadly drug, the synthetic opioid fentanyl. Last year in the U. S. Meth and Fentanyl together pushed overdose deaths to roughly 82,000 grim new record. Brian Mann NPR news
"drug abuse" Discussed on WIBC 93.1FM
"You products Stein with the National Institute on Drug Abuse, He says Vaping has reached epidemic proportions among America's young people. And Indiana is no exception. In 2019, he says, Vaping was up nearly 40% in Indiana on with the kids at home Throughout most of 2020, he fears That number may be even higher this year. It's obviously very early in our being able to study such things in a pandemic, but we are taking a closer look at that great concern and we'll see, of course, the impact down the line. Indiana currently has the fourth highest smoking rate in the country at 21%, Stein says, regardless of what form it takes Nicotine is nicotine, and it presents ah, high risk for any kind of smoker, but especially, ah, young one. The fact is, regardless of it being vaping or smoking cigarettes. Nicotine is being ingested. Nicotine is a highly addictive substance. It affects the brain. That's why the Indiana General Assembly Have been trying to change the smoking and Vaping age on the law surrounding it for years. But with little luck. Despite these setbacks in late 2019, former Indiana House speaker Brian Bosma still demanded action in the year to come. This is not just a high school issue now, this is something that is dominating discussion among middle schoolers on this Vaping, so we just have to do something. As it turns out, progress would be made in 2020, with some help. From the federal government..
"drug abuse" Discussed on The Mental Health and Wealth Show
"And then i worked a little harder than say my first thousand dollars My first ten thousand. And i learned how to invest that ten thousand bought a house in about a rental property and and it was never to get rich so i could buy the expensive thing. He was always that. I wanted to be independent to think and act and ultimately how to find my vision of happiness. Money was never about things to me. It was always about. How can i try to be happier. And money freed everything up choices mindset so i could really seek for what made me the most happy in life. I love that. I think it's such a transformative experience. And you know you've really done such a fabulous job of taking this incredibly traumatic horrific experience and kind of turned around and start started over. And now you're building wealth and you're doing so well and so i wanted to end the show on getting your advice for someone that maybe currently abusing drugs and alcohol. Maybe they're dealing with a huge life. Change that they feel like they can't get out of her other grappling with a huge decision. That will have an impact on the rest of their life. What advice would you give someone dealing with that. I think the first step is the slowdown. Any what worked for me in my experience was even though as jail. It was a moment to slow down and then the next step is to slow down and then figure out. Who do i wanna be and really evaluate. Your life of what is making me happy. And what is making me stressed. And once you kinda way those you can almost do it like a pro and con chart of the center. Who do i wanna be. What makes me happy. And what makes me stress. And then i must go line item by line. Item slowly. try to chip away at the things that make you stressed and unhappy and when that number goes down actually look on the other side and say okay. What makes me happy and try to add some the energy to building those things that that bring you. Peace and happiness. I mean that's ultimately what did for ten years straight just alone in my cell really going..
"drug abuse" Discussed on The Mental Health and Wealth Show
"Was some point like i don't wanna keep adding more debt to get myself out of the debt situation and for me. It wasn't debt. It was drugs. And i immediately saw normal. People don't end up in jail. My decision making is flawed for me to even get here and you know what the decision making i had around. Drugs was put me here so immediately i was like i have to eliminate that puzzle piece for my life for me to get anywhere like it is not okay. This is being in. Jail is not okay. It's not acceptable. Under any circumstances so immediately. I was like to remove that but then the next thing was was. I'm sure if you're an extreme case but if you're debt to it's like well once you say i'm not going to be in debt anymore. I'm sick and tired of it. Then there's also a gap of like whoa. Who am i gonna be next. And how do i find my identity and for me it was like how do i find my identity without using drugs. 'cause that's all i knew was making bad decisions and so there was probably a gap of six months where it was self soul searching period where i had to say like okay. Who am i going to be next. And it took me a while. And that's how i got there so i love that and i think you touched on a really important point that we have to remove these kind of negative influences but then there is this feeling of kind of grief and mourning that you're giving this part of your life like i remember the last couple of months before i paid off my eighty one thousand dollars in student loan debt. I was feeling really weird. Because i was like. I don't know who. I am without debt. How am i gonna run this debt. Blog like are people going to even like me. Are they melissa. Who like. I don't even know how to feel. And i was starting to really uncomfortable and i was like this should be one of the happiest moments of my life and it and it was eventually but you know for couple of months leading up to my net pay off. I was feeling so weird and like morning. This person that i was. I realized i had never not been in debt my whole adult life. I took student loans when i was seventeen. A pay them off. I think when. I was thirty one thirty two. And you know it's like i've never even realized what it's like to be an adult without debt. And i'm just thinking about it now. The process of that soul searching moment for somebody struggling with debt is. I'm sure it's a a tough pill to swallow when you realize. I have to sell that car because the car payment is unhealthy for me and everybody knows me for my beautiful mercedes and you know you look at your mcmansions or whatever he has. That is killing you financially. And you're like man. It's smarter for me to get rid of that. But what are people gonna think. When i moved to a smaller home like that's what i'm talking about that soul searching period of lake reevaluating everything and then being willing to be different and that was so hard. Because i didn't know what to do. I didn't know how to live a life without drugs. I didn't even know how to have fun without drugs now. But i knew that was the better for me so i was going to have to accept a new sense of norms.
Support grows for decriminalizing ‘magic mushrooms’ in Washington DC
"Supporters of decriminalising magic mushrooms in D C. Say their movement is gaining Steve New polling is out on initiative 81 the item that will be on D C's ballot in November that calls for decriminalizing psychedelic plants, including magic mushrooms. Supporters unveiled the poll conducted by the polling firm FM Three research, and it shows that 60% of D C. Voters now support the idea on increase of 9% points since the last poll was conducted back in April. While supporters say psychedelic drugs Khun be used as a treatment for mental health issues. Opponents point to concerns about drug abuse and dangerous side effects.
COVID-19 Vaccine Ethics: Who Gets It First and Other Issues
"US government's. Warp speed is ambitiously trying to create test and licensed vaccine for covid nineteen in less than a year compared to the five to ten years typically needed for a new vaccine. The program is borrowing strategies from a crash effort undertaken in the nineteen fifties against polio. Arthur caplan was seven years old when that paralytic disease which had been terrifying parents nationwide came to his town. Last. People. In America. Get. Polio in the Boston outbreak of nineteen, fifty seven, that's where I'm from. Saw Kids in our loans on kids die in the floor. It's one of the reasons I got interested in medical ethics. The Polio vaccine developed in the fifties it saved millions of lives and brought us tantalizingly close to eradicating the disease altogether. But in the haste to produce them researchers and manufacturers occasionally made mistakes and crossed ethical boundaries. Experimental vaccines were tested on intellectually disabled children, for example, as well as millions of people in the Belgian Congo and the Soviet Union who were not given the option for informed consent that today we consider indispensable. Medical ethics come a long way in the past sixty, five years. The World Health Organization has already set up a working group on ethics and Kobe Nineteen of which Kaplan is a member. They have started thinking through many of the tough questions ahead as companies race to test experimental vaccines, and we hope eventually ramp up manufacturing of those who succeed to billions of doses. Worldwide these questions include how can we make sure vaccine trials don't exploit people or enroll too few participants from black native Latino communities who are disproportionately sickened been killed by this disease who will get approved vaccines I and who will pay for them and what if anything should we do about vaccines being sold on the black market? The most immediate questions involve large-scale clinical trials those trials will take months to produce results. Can says, one reason is if I give you the experimental vaccine. Then, I have to wait for the. Virus in nature to infect me to see whether I'm going to do better than a group that didn't get vaccine usually have a placebo control group were you don't give them an active agent and you sort of monitor one against the other. If, you're waiting for natural infectivity with Kobe we have a problem because the Degree to which the becoming infect is very slow. So you'll notice that people are starting to recruit subjects for trials right now in hot spots, they may be looking at Brazil. They may be looking at Atlanta it could be looking at a region of the country that has. A A big outbreak. But at the same time, morally we have to try and tell people who sign up for vaccination studies they should not get themselves infected. So it's a sort of moral catch twenty two, you can't really. Encourage people to be reckless and get themselves. In fact, an the problem is you're probably not going to take sicker people because it makes it difficult to assess whether a vaccine is causing an adverse event or an underlying illnesses causing events. Most of the people who come into these big vaccine trials are healthy volunteer still they're younger. Is An effort underway. In the NIH sponsor trials to try and get more diversity ethnicity and race but a lack of transparency in who is being selected for the vaccine trials has raised concerns that historically underrepresented communities may once again be overlooked. Kaplan says that the preference for healthy volunteers is also one of the reasons that vaccine testers probably won't turn to one otherwise logical place to recruit participants prisons where corona virus has been running rampant, you can't use a vulnerable population because you worry that they can't consent. They're gonNA try and say I'll do it because they want to get out of jail or get parole the other main reason why Is prison populations usually have two or three underlying diseases. I know MTV everybody's at the gym looks such Arnold Schwarzenegger. But in fact, hepatitis HIV drug abuse is a bunch of reasons why they're not a best subjects for for any beginning studies
"drug abuse" Discussed on Never Ninety Nine
"I know whatever not easy to your opinion on these facilities is loam times in is also a piss off. I see you go through when you're trying to like help help out your bro because they don't they don't provide the help that they need. And also here's another thing to warn you always tell me about the shortening a couple of it all of it and they only most most facilities only provide twelve-step programs, which is kind of ridiculous. Sometimes that they said they're mostly like christian-based which is totally great for people who need that and want that and love that. That's perfect but for but for those who don't have faith life and their faith isn't something else they need to be able to attach that to their sobriety and they are not allowed that position. They're not allowed they're not granted that opportunity to do so, so they have to go to a christian-based twelve-step program. And that just doesn't compute with every single addict true. Yeah. So I guess the Devil's Advocate would be that there's a there is a lot of research on this topic that that people who it doesn't have to be Christian exactly when it comes to this page or the research is that when people that are struggling with addictions grant their life to a higher power. That's probably what we believe in something. There you go leave and yeah and they're sixteen level for getting over their problem is way higher so much higher so that is why that exists but so then these are going to do these Christian 12-step programs. I don't believe in Christianity the way that this program does and well, yes. Yeah. So I guess you're if in there is a ruse it is well, I guess and you're just going through the steps in you're saying words but you don't actually believe in it. But if you get out and you use two weeks later, I gotta be for playing Counterpoint guy out there like things and I know that there's some people that go into the programs and then their whole their converted whole life. So that's all right..
"drug abuse" Discussed on Never Ninety Nine
"So that's where I'm compassionate when right like that but it is crazy if you think about like what if you're like how many choices like small big small Vin but big change, but what if your brother wouldn't have broke his arm or whatever or what if the doctor whether just gave him like whatever was Oxycontin. Here's a you know, he gave us a little bit more mild or more. Conducive to whether the child should have like how different would his life would be different. Yeah, the one decision like he's faced with at a party. What if he wouldn't have thrown the party? What if that one kid wouldn't come what if he would have said no when the kid was like dude, I just get you some heroin bro. This is way better like how different it would have been a different dude, man. I mean might be different. I might be a drug addict. Yeah. I mean, I guess I you know a big reason why I never touched that kind of stuff was because I saw everything that was going on in his life. Yeah, whenever it came into my life, I just didn't yeah, that's fair. So I might have you might it's kind of like Back to the Future which we talked about this last seven slash said, we're going to have to sit down and watch. Okay. Do you watch Back to the Future with me? Yes part 1 and part 2 back-to-back. We'll see come on. We'll see anyway, so wage movie every time they go back in time and they physically something it's the butterfly effect. Yes, basically the butterfly flaps Circle that movie stupid in the back to future is awesome. So every time they go back in time and they fidget with something they go back into the future and It's different like everything's totally different. So yeah, I guess you could have become like a drug-addicted human or maybe that wouldn't have happened. And then maybe if we could play Back to the Future maybe if your brother would have said no like how crazy would that have been like for just just for him to be like eating a mongrel? What's a mongrel? Is that the right word Uncle Mongrel about a mogul mogul mogul longrow don't know why Tom Haverford local parks and rec. My brother is Tom Haverford if he would have said no, I told my brother that all the time I'm like you are Tom Haverford everything about Tom Haverford reminds me of my brother like his quirky ideas and coming up with things and like being super charismatic and you know, like the board with the black colors on it and they're trying to figure the black color any of the guys like it's all the same color and him and what's his name? Saperstein was his name. He's got the phone. He's funniest character got the funny friend. I forget his name. Ralphio. Yep. John ralphio genre genre feels like and he's and like Tommy name him and he's like Onyx, you know and he goes through all the different black names or whatever. That's my brother. Yeah, so go watch the episodes of Star Trek where it's Tom Haverford sales his rent-a-swag business. You can see what kind of Mughal her brother would have. That's my brother one hundred percent when we would have been a mogul. There you go and wish we could play Back to the Future of love for your brother to be a move. I know me too, but I don't know if so when yeah, you know, there's the whole thing of like, it's a whole Continuum of a timeline. I know it's not just one event that led to it all but if you could just go back and Tinker with a few of those or if you just want to make and if you just would have made a slightly different.
"drug abuse" Discussed on Never Ninety Nine
"So there's Survivor skills who's a Survivor? I'm the Survivor. I have I am I'm the one who survived ain't but I did not do anything when I talked to him about this so much. I didn't do anything to get here. I just exist. Okay. So you're saying you have survivor's guilt. Okay, so we'll be you have some this is crazy. I remember we talked about this month. So like you have survivor's guilt because you live a regular life. I live a regular life you live in like I didn't even try to though but a bulb you live a regular life. You're ambitious your goal oriented. You you go after the things you watch. Gave them right so you have survivor's guilt for that and you're saying that your brother has resentment. Nope. I say there's no resentment between okay these things but him and I have had a lot of conversations about them or some type of emotion between his emotions for sure. You might be resentment whatever whatever the same word is as resentment without like anger Without Anger fear. Maybe he's just jealous jealous. Yeah. I mean, that's how long it's not that he treated me poorly because that's a that's a fairy motion. They look at somebody and be so jealousy is when you see someone that has something you want and you're upset that you don't have it. Correct. Not that you're fearful that you'll not having. Yeah, like, you know jealousy is like, you know, there's a different. I don't know what the other word is like you see someone that has something you're like, oh man, they deserve that. I'm going to get that too. That's not jealousy, you know what I mean? So I'm not sure what right I don't have a brother at all or sisters. I don't even know the brother sister Dynamic. We don't even have a brother sister Dynamic like we are way more than brother and sister is true daughter raised me until I was seven years old and I turned around started raging. Oh, that's right. Yeah, you flip lease way. Yeah. Yeah. When when when you hit a hard hard spot light that's yeah, we definitely flipped and we've been flipped ever since So and I've been taking care of ever since not as well as I should have survivor's guilt. I was just just about to say girl. Why did you say that? You see that survival? Skill. That's so crazy. I'm not going to edit that out. But it's like I can't believe that I didn't even try and I was able to achieve what I have and I know you're going to say like don't downplay your accomplishments. But like I'm just a normal human being I didn't ever have to fight my way into having a normal life. I got you. That's crazy..
"drug abuse" Discussed on Never Ninety Nine
"Yeah, like so it's not always fall off the wagon. Yeah, so it's kind of like if it's going to happen more of it. It's more like when is it going to happen? Right? Exactly. And so in the thing is in this how I always talk to my brother, you know, took off the wagon. That's okay you and it's the same thing with meditating right when you're meditating and you're bright you're you know, you're focusing on your breath and you're not letting your thoughts become a seductive and you're actually meditating when those thoughts come in and you get stuck to him, which I call it's like you get sucked into the cloud like the clouds of thoughts come over. You're supposed to just watch him go by when you get sucked into it and you realize it you're supposed to be Not waste any time and snap right back in where you want to be so you don't have to focus on oh I messed up. Oh, I got sucked into my thoughts or any of those kinds of things. You're just like oops. I'm in the wrong spot and immediately stop it and you go back to meditating. So I try to talk to him about his addiction when it comes to that when you fall off the wagon. You don't waste any time going. Oh my God. I messed up. messed it up, you know all that kind of stuff you just immediately that's what you're doing and go right back into the habits that you want to do. And you know, have a good Jillian chances to start over and I keep telling them that you have so many chances to start over you just have to Grant yourself. But without with how many breasts we have per day per week per year. That's how many chances you have to start your life over. So you fall off the wagon. You don't waste any time you go right back to the habits that you wanna it's hard habit doing good. Even for non drug addicted people like doing good habits. It's something that takes less significant amount of willpower the time. Yeah, but I think a better word is dead. When it takes a very disciplined as a hardest thing in the whole entire world, if you think about it takes a very disciplined person not to eat pizza every day cuz it's pieces delicious. So yeah, right I ate pizza yesterday, Did I didn't leave yesterday? You had pizza without me go ahead it with you. I got a spicy pizza from Newk's Deli. We didn't get pizza..
"drug abuse" Discussed on Never Ninety Nine
"Oh good. Yeah. I just had to like adjust all the things on my head. I like your head. Thank you. It's pretty are you listening off? What's up hundred percent more than welcome back to the show today and all of talk about drug abuse and compassion is somehow we got onto the topic of how different our thoughts on education classes were in school. So sit back relax, and let's jump on into it. Are you ready to roll? All.
Stephanie Fleming on organization, life hacks, and how she built 'The Happy Planner' and 'Me & My Big Ideas'
"Are so excited to. To introduce incredible Stephanie Fleming. She is a creative entrepreneurs speaker of and wellness seeker. Most notably, she is the CO founder of me and my big ideas creator of the happy planner, and what began twenty years ago as a tiny garage business is now an industry leading lifestyle brand and offers a wide variety of products that inspire customers to live creatively and plan a happy life. Please welcome Stephanie to the show. Okay, we'll Stephanie. We are so excited to have you on the here for her podcast. Thank you so much for joining us. And we are so curious about everything that you've created and your and so I think. Our audience is going to be very very interested in the business aspect of. Everything that we're about to talk about some super excited cool. I'm so excited to be talking to you. Guys for those who don't know. Tell us a little bit about your health. I'm Stephanie. Fleming and I'm a creative entrepreneur. I actually call myself like an accidental entrepreneur. I started my business me and my big ideas with my mom twenty actually over twenty years ago started in my garage with an idea of just one idea for making stickers for the scrapbooking industry at that time and. And really just kind of wanted to do it too. I needed a creative outlet. Yes, but I needed to pay the bills like I. was you know a young mom and struggling to make ends meet, and just really wanting to like. Go out there and I would do anything because I you know I wanted a better life for myself, and for my kids and and so I was definitely you're. You're? The definition of a hustler like I was like I have no money, but I will put in the sweat equity so. We been hustling with me and my big ideas for. Over twenty years now, and we've created everything from paper stickers and now planner, so planners is our latest the happy planners, our latest product line and It's just been such a a wonderful thing for us to get into because we get to share a love for creativity for positively, and that's been kind of where I have fallen in the last probably five or six years which. Not only being an entrepreneur in a business person, but also being able to be the spokesperson for our product and our brand, and that's something that I've been totally passionate about. It's amazing. I'm curious. So, what did you do before you started your business? Were you a stay at home? Mom? Did you have have a job, so I was? I was pregnant when I was eighteen. Not Married had had a baby, and when immediately from high school to I need to find some way to take care of my son and I did in home daycare for eight years, and was daycare provider for six kids usually at one time and it was you know it's honest work? It's hard work. It's eleven hour days for you know for eight years and you know all I to do is be a good mom, and and so I didn't have a college education. I grew up in the craft industry though my. My parents had a manufacturing and distributing business so I grew up from picking orders in the warehouse. To you know watching my parents who are entrepreneurs basically navigate the craft industry and come along with them to trade shows and things like that so I always had that creative bug, and and even as an entrepreneur as a kid I was making little catalog, so you can buy these cards here, my designs and so, but then life hits, and then you have to go out, and you know and do the best you can and and so at the time. In one, thousand, nine, hundred eight. My mom and my mom had sold that business, she and my stepdad divorced and they sold their business, and so she was kind of at this place in her life where she was like okay. I'm ready to start over, I need. She was probably my age now, and it was like thinking I need to start over and figure out what life looks like for me. Now and I was saying I just I want to start something something I want to do anything and so my mom had some seed money and. Like I said I would do. You know so. I stayed up all night trying to find just hustling to find hair. Competitors are advertising in this trade magazine. So that's a potential a mailing list for so anything possible. I was willing to do so. Yeah so it was not like I had this pedigree of an MBA, and I'm going. Go start a business, and that's why I say I'm definitely. An accidental entrepreneur, but I've I've loved it. We'll story. It is very very cool. It seems like you had it in your blood like raped in the beginning. Though like it was something that you're meant to do. I, think so. I think without knowing that that's what it was like. I was just cleaning out. One of the things we've done in quarantine is cleaning out our garage and so all my memorabilia. That's where I found my card. Catalogue of here are the things you combine I'm like I always was. Experiencing entrepreneurship right in front of my is growing up but I never really knew it. In fact, my mom was in charge of all of the creative side of the business, and was the one in charge of new products, and out there trying to find out what creative women were doing next, and so when my mom would go on an rnd shopping trip and take all of us with her. We didn't realize what we were doing was watching her shopping trends and seeing what was out in fashion, and how we can bring that into the craft and creative industries, so when it just seemed like something natural, and now I'm trying to identify people go. Where do you find your trend Mic-? Just Watch I. Just look and so yeah. We were Kinda groomed without knowing that that's what was happening. So cool and so. You had your first business you? You began doing that twenty years ago. And then you landed to the happy planner, which has been a huge success and It's a it's a beautiful book. It's something that you want to. Hold in your hand, and just like carry with you all the time. It's so cute and fashionable. Where did that idea come from? And how? How did you of get to that point? Where like I want to be in this market of making planners? Happy like honestly we've had a lot of great products that of sold weller mckellen's pretty cool, but the happy planner is like it's so me. It's totally me so the the way we came up with. It was pretty much the same process that we did it with anything. As we and my sister is heavily involved in product about men in our company as well, but we watch in decide okay. scrapbooking was huge for a while, and so we were able to kind of ride that. That wave and we've kept coming out with products and line extensions and and then you kind of see that it was kind of starting to taper off. It was not as popular and the products weren't as weren't selling and going doing the having the sell through that they did before, so we're like okay. We need to know what creative women are doing next. which is what my mom did, so we would always be looking for what. What what do i WanNa do what is something that's interesting for me. and and then also kind of searching pinterest looking around water, creative women doing so for some reason on pinterest people were taking just regular planners from staples, or whatever and they were putting our scrapbooking products, stickers and things and making them cute but the scrapbooking don't really fit like they don't fit size-wise. They didn't fit if you're you know the stickers we were. Were to commemorate memories and things, and that's not necessarily the things that you need for planning so I kind of just you know, and they were boring to staples like office supply things. They have black brown different color bays. You know really great. You know what I think. Someone would would think the businessmen would like. And then there was like three designs that were like purple. Paisley or some ugly grandma color. You know I'm a woman, I. I don't want that, so we thought definitely we could do better in design. We could get them more affordable. We could create accessories that would go specifically for them, and then you could put in those accessories like things that are positive so that every single day when you're planning when you're having fun putting stickers out ever, there's this creative positive message that makes you happy that keeps you going, and so it was just a kind of another. Offshoot into what we normally do. What are creative women doing? And at this point? It was like people are busy, and they want to be creative, but they need that little bit of licensed to say it's okay when you're planning your schedule. You can kind of put a sticker downer. Says you can do it or just. Those little positive affirmations make a make a big difference. I love that so much were all about positive affirmations and There's something that I still love about having a planner in front of me like an organizational planner. Where where I. Can you know touch the pages and I can mark things off. It's so different than a calendar on Google you know and I've always I've i. still have a planner, so I love that, but I'm curious because you have built such a successful brand and obviously. You've separated yourself in so many ways by having something very unique You offer as something that's very I would say year to the millennial woman. But how how have you separated yourself with your branding? I'm just so curious about like where your sales come from utilizing social media, you have a huge social media following. So, how what kind of what was your? What was the method to your madness at that point when you started thinking ahead? Yeah, so at that point. We had we had a very successful company in the craft industry and up? Until that point, we had what I figured successful products. We didn't really have necessarily like brand. Following social media was just coming up, but you know there was something about the happy, and I think my own personal passion for the product helped in planning it. No Pun intended. because. I feel like we got to this place or like this product line. I just feel like we need to be able to have a brand. There's gotta be a message behind because the message of the product is so powerful and so really. What happened I mean there wasn't? A Master Plan I love this product so much. That I just started talking about it and sharing on social media back in the periscope days. You remember, periscope yeah. Remember. About it and I just said you know what I would anytime we would come up with something, or we had something new exciting happening in office. I'd like I'm just GONNA share. It's just going to be I wanted to our product and the brand to feel like like we were just friends sharing like. If I was you know to call you up and say Oh, my Gosh I'm so excited. We just got this prototype in, and here's what it looks like. Here's how I'm going to use it and every. Every new products came in. We previewed it on periscope did live Q. and A. is, and and that's before people really doing that and we were sharing the process and the product, and sharing my excitement, geeking out over stickers and a paper planner you know, so. It became I thought there was really no plan other than to share authentically, and that was really before, but you know everything authenticity be authentic was just such a overused catchphrase, but that's what it was because I didn't actually want to be the spokesperson. For our company, and because it's such a team effort, and so I'm not. I'm not maybe maybe I wouldn't had the idea for. Let's let's look into to paper planners, but I didn't create designs, and I not the artist, and I'm not the one who source the product and sold it in such a team so but. In order I felt so passionately that. Don't have relationships with companies. They don't have relationships with products, but they have relationships with people and brands, and if I could be that conduit. To Give A. Personality to our land our company then. I'm like all right. I'm willing to do because I was the one before it was like no, I don't really want to know I'm just I'm fine to not do it, but when I was sharing something, I was so passionate about the following just came. We did not say hey. We want to get to I. Think we're over six hundred thousand on instagram. We didn't have a plan for that. I mean eventually to grow. It takes you get to a certain point. It's like okay now. You have to plan, but we grew our numbers very very organically, and by just engaging with them. You know true engagement and it's. It's not even just the number in the plan, but it's like. Are you engaged? Do you care about your followers? Do you care about your customers and deal you know? Are you engaging that way? Are you doing it for the rise near following? Are you doing it for the sale? Are you doing? Are you doing it because this? Just feel so right to you know. Yeah while you're on that topic, too. Because so cool that you grew organically because. I mean it's such an easily marketable product, but also like how how do you stand out amongst your competitors are? There's other planner companies out there. So what's your differentiating factor with your product? So at the beginning? We were the only ones pretty much doing what we did, so we stood out really quick, and it's almost like I. Always say like it was like. Like when I had my first when I said WHO's very well behaved typical. I am such a good mom. And then my daughter came a second, and she is like great, but she's you know totally like wild spirit and I'm like oh my gosh. I need to to work at this little more. So when we did when all of a sudden you're like It's growing and you're thinking. Oh, my gosh is great. People are just listening, and then all of a sudden when you're onto something, people and other brands and other companies go. They're onto something I. Think I'm going to try that, too. And then what you were doing so authentically is being duplicated right so. So what we have always done I think and even back in the scrapbooking and paper. Crafting days was just advice. My mom gave me is just really don't worry too much about what other people are doing. Find out what you uniquely do. What is it that your company or your brand do what do you? How do you stand out and for US There's a lot of people who have high end stationary and people. People that are saying a professional and I want it to look like this or I. Don't like this about your as well. This is who we are. We are colorful and fun and were affordable. We have a disc bound system where you can change things in and out, and those are some things honestly and with the brand that will turn people off when you really claim like who you are. Some people are going to say. Well, I. Don't know but I. don't like that well, but this is who we are when you can really find that those are the things that just kind of narrowed down, and you nail it down so much that these are the things that make us unique, and so for us. We embraced all of that. That is who we are fun and colorful, positive and an interchangeable, and all these things about the product and about our messaging. That's what we focused on, and I think even especially going forward when it becomes harder and you. Maybe at this point, we're going like you see a slowing in not just gaining followers as fast when you get up high. And there's more people in the space so for us it's how can we find? What, we, what is it that we offer? That's unique whether it's the message product. And, you kind of have those pillars of our being authentic. Is it something that's different or are we just white noise in the space? Should we be making a change? We be pivoting. Right now do. Is there something we need to be doing to be more aware of the surroundings of the economy of this of society so You're constantly looking for you have to just be aware. Of who you are where you're going and not being paying too much attention to. The competitors and the people aside. It's really hard though it's hard to do because you find yourself looking. They're doing so good over there. Maybe I should change and go that way so knowing who you are is a huge part of that success for us. And, I love how you really made an emphasis on. Being okay with not being a good fit for everyone, and you know we talk about this even on social media. How you know people always give us questions on. You know my Gosh I I lost if I don't post for three days. I'll lose one hundred followers well if those people want on, follow you because you haven't posted three days. They're not your people. Like they were never people anyway, so I love that you have you have a focus and you understand your branch so well. The you know who you're catering to, and also you mentioned pivoting when you need to because. You know I think that people get so focused on the end goal, and if it's not if it doesn't turn out exactly how they anticipated that it would be, they give up right, so I think that's I. Love that so much and it kind of brings me to my next question on. The hardships entrepreneurship because I think that when people look from the outside, they see this beautiful brand that you've built a successful mom who's who's doing it all, but it takes so much work and behind the scenes that the people don't see. Can you walk us through some of those hardships that you faced in how you've kind of gotten through them? Oh yeah and I think. I'm so glad you brought that up because you especially on social media, people will see their, so they'll say. Where were you because I'm pretty active on my own, and then also I with the happy planner, but it like where were you? We Miss John there. I'm like you guys like if I would have shown. What I was doing for the past seven days, it was get up in the morning. Go to work. Stay there till seven o'clock have like meetings altay come home barely figure how I'm going to get the door dash before I wanna fall asleep, and then you know over it over and over again and I'm like it's not glamorous. It's hard There's a lot that goes into it. You know and you have to love it if you are somebody who has your own business or your own brand? You have to love it because it is not I mean I would say. Ninety, eight percent of it's not glamorous, but it's rewarding. You know it's something that you love, but you're GONNA have failures. You can't be afraid to work hard and fail. Because, you're GONNA. Do both of those all the time? And you know and learning from your from your failures for me. It's like you know we've had products that the ones that you've mentioned like happy planner that quadrupled the size of our business in the matter of two years But in the in between, and we had already had like a pretty successful company, and we were like well, but what you don't see, are all of the things where you come out with the product and you're like that's a dog. You Know Kate next. What do we? Can we learn from that? You know that's what you can't. You can't shy away from it, but nobody wants to see that nobody, but those are the lessons. Are you know what you're seeing? When when you see the happy planner is our success of you know Gosh over twenty we did that. It was fifteen years. I think into the our business before we hit that like Grand Slam, we'd had several. You know that was. This product was a triple. This one was a strikeout. This one was a base hit. And then you know, we never know we not. Even we're not even. Promise that we were going to have that big of a success that we just kept going and every time we did we learned something like Oh we didn't do. The packaging wasn't right or you know. Maybe we rent to too early into that trend, or maybe we didn't research it enough or maybe we learned something every time but I mean we've had. We've had product failures. We've had really difficult times in the economy I've been around here through September eleventh through the two thousand eight crash where the business was doing great, and then all of a sudden we've had were having to like have layoffs and figure out how to make the hard decisions. To keep your business healthy and around and surviving, and that's really hard. I mean that's something that right now we're going through. You know we have. Luckily we've got a great basin. We've had a very successful business, but this is a gut punch, and for a healthy business like ours. This has been really difficult and I can only imagine if you're struggling before this, but you just have to figure out you. It's almost like a business as almost like being a parent. You've got to make those tough decisions. Decisions you know that not everyone's going to understand. That's going to be hard. It's going to keep you up at night. and those those you don't see those on social media. No one's sharing like we had to really hard today and or have been meetings all day, and if they are, they're showing you the picture of themselves looking really cute, and you know here I am with my thing and it's. It's just not always like that victims hardly ever like that, so I think it's sometimes i. I've shared lots more real version especially on my own personal social media on instagram. Especially because I, think we do a disservice to. Everybody but to women's in general specifically where it's like if you're trying to be an inspiration and trying to share with other women, this is what if I can, we can all be here for each other. You, know in business, and this is how we can succeed. We are doing a disservice if we are just showing what our lives really never looked like And how how then do those? How'd you push through? How do you push through at the worst times for people that are listening that are entrepreneurs have launched their business or not seeing success right away. Like what have you learned to cut has kept you going. I think i. mean this sounds like something that my husband would go. No, if you can't measure it, you can't manage it because he's. My husband was our CFO CEO and. But for me, I, it's so much into an instinct. And then pushed through because I believe in my instinct very strongly. There's a thing like I feel like you know for us. We were very fortunate that the business that we started stayed healthy, and was viable forever, however I. Kind of look at our product launches in our product releases and different product types almost like many businesses, because there comes a time when you know this isn't working, you know there comes a time when you're like. We just need to let this keep going. We need to work at market. We need and you just you kind of. If you're really being honest with yourself, you know when it's like am I pushing too hard for something. That's not really making. Any headway or do I just need to keep working harder and I feel like You know if we ask ourselves how we done everything. HAVE WE EXHAUSTED EVERY OPTION? That's what I think. We need to kind of listeners, though because I just feel like if you are sitting here like. With a struggling business, let's say whether it's from the economy or just like I'm just not going anywhere It's hard because some people will say just keep going. Just keep going all the time. I don't think you should do that all the time. Sometimes you want maybe need to move onto. Something different doesn't mean you're not going to be. In business or start your own company, or but maybe this, isn't it? Maybe it is? Maybe you're just sitting there going. You know what this is going to be tough times, but I believe in this business i. know we have and we're going to keep going, so you kind of have to listen to that. You know you're got to say. Where are you? Are you? You know? Do I need to keep pushing through this, or is there something else that I need to be? Doing are exploring. It's such a weird time to because with everything going on I. Mean People are obviously doing less news less really to plan but I think there's still an opportunity and it's great that the product isn't just a manner planning out your daily activities that can also be used for intentional set goal setting in just writing down thoughts that you have journaling so I love that it's it's I town that regard Have you guys thought of ways to during this tough time? Kind of still sell your product in different ways or maybe thinking about different product lunches. Were you know what kind of has been brewing in the last few weeks, so it's like a perfect example of. Of evolving and pivoting right so like. Yes, when you're when we're looking at people that are planning your days just filled. My days were just like I couldn't even have the whole damn thinking. How tiny can I right because there's so much going on, but you know one of the other things we have in our product, minus positively journaling and guided journals, and then when you you know for us, it would be so tone deaf to be talking. Talking about we know you're busy. Let's just talk about busy busy busy schedule Hustle. Let's go because this is not the time for that, so we had to look at. What do we have in? You know in our offering. And what do we have What do we think is important or is there something else we can offer so for us? you know slowing down journaling 'cause for me. It's all about putting the pen to paper. I Love I love my. Technology and I. On my computer as well, but there's something to me about writing stuff down whether it's my schedule and prioritizing key efficient or whether it's like you know just journaling what I'm grateful for writing that down I did a whole like wellness like year in two thousand eighteen, where every single day for the entire year I journal. Like what am I feeling I thought it was going to be like more. Of a fitness thinks I like. My cholesterol is high, and I needed to lose weight, and I was going to do all these things I'm going to travel the stuff and what it became was. Oh my gosh, I'm realizing that I'm tagging my emotions now like when I would write things down the journaling became the biggest part for me is what I was feeling like I was really I felt very marginalized that meeting today, and I came home, and I think like I was going into hibernation. You know and I was angry and I was, but I was identifying my feelings. Why was I instead of just going like writing down my food log? You know it's like it wasn't helpful for me. I. Know How to eat healthy. But to realize that when I feel angry, I don't know what to do with those feelings and to eat them you know, or and I'm like an eye stuff them and I. Try and do anything in Canton. and that was like a realization for me, so we're kind of leaning into that and saying hey, right now when you're stressed or you're afraid or whatever it is that you're going through. What can you lean into? And how can you get in touch with your feelings whether it's do journaling or if you really do maybe you're a mom who is trying to work fulltime at home and also. Also home school your kids to the distance learning the. Maybe you need to be really efficient, so you need to you know. What is it that you need and listening to that? Do you need to be productive? Do you need to be kind of moving a little more inward, and then just writing it down and really getting out of your head and onto paper, so you can help process it. Yeah I need to start journaling. That is something that. I know he's for the whole year. Did you notice that it had a huge impact on? It changed the way I thought it totally and I'm the same way because I'm like I'm so famous for starting a journal. And then it's really good for like a couple weeks, and then it's empty, and I keep it and all these like you know journals that have a little bit done in the beginning, and then like I wish I could combine them all. And are they now? It's like so I just said I have never made like a year long commitment to myself I. Will I mean I will do anything for my kids. My husband, my family, my, you know the team of me me and my big ideas, but for me. It'd be like I'm always the first one to get shoved off the list and so I, said I need I was stressed because just like what you were saying. Our business was. Wildly successful that year, and the year before that but I was so stressed out. Because when you quadruple the size of your company, and you're trying to do the same things that you did before scaling it and learning how to do that so quickly is really stressful for a for a creative person who likes to do things like. As I'm inspired. And so. So dealing with that was huge, so all of these things that I saw which were gaining weight having high cholesterol, not sleeping at night, having hiring Zaidi I was thinking, it was because I'm out of shape or this and I didn't really realize accepted the journaling. which that's not what I started to do. That it was more than just that and so this journaling process just gave me. Such clarity and insight into my own feelings that I had no idea and I don't think if I if I just tried to do that at the very beginning for just a little bit I, don't think I would have. Gotten as deep because like doing it every single year someday the destroy today sucked. He knows the worst day ever and I didn't know how to see it through, but then as I got used to journaling just as an exercise every day. I learned to go. You know to just kind of. I guess like look a little deeper. Really. Shed light on stuff that I had no idea I was looking for. I feel like now. I'M GONNA. Go buy one of your journals because I'm so inspired by that by just what you said and I think that I'm someone that just keeps everything in my head and I talked to myself all day every day just. All the things that have to do all the things that should you know that are behind me? That I should have done yesterday it's that's great. I love that with you. You know you don't realize that when you're not like kind of emptying out. It's like for me I was not able to. I was not able to like think of I was kind of creatively blocked, and then I was like even motion. Lee blocked and they just didn't realize because I'm the same. I am an over thinker. I like I process everything and I just I kinda hold onto it and I get very wrapped up in my own head, and so it was just almost like an emptying of it and helps me sleep. Helped me do all that stuff, so my guys. I think you'll love it. Okay. I'm sold. journaling. Borsch, now let's talk a little bit about living intentionally, which is very much related to what we're talking about now, bite. What does it mean for you to live intentionally? And how can people cultivate a more meaningful life? Because obviously you found your passion, you work really hard at you. Know keeping your mind rate, and it seems like you're a very self, reflective person, but how how have you gotten there? I think. I've always been somebody who really likes. Growing looking inside I ask a Lotta questions of myself and. Other people like I. Try and tell my husband like I'm not really trying to psychoanalyze you. Even I would love to just get into everybody's head, but I think that there's so much we can learn. And one of the things that I have learned just by trying to grow as a person and being teachable. Has Been You. Know there's nobody in the world that is going to take charge of my life, my happiness, the things that I want that me. Matt what happens around me it doesn't you know we can all we can all be complaining about what's happening in the world with your job with your relationship, but when it really comes down to it, you're the one that's responsible for what it is. You want in your life and how happy you are. And so for me, it started with number one. I needed to. Learn how to love myself because I didn't love and accept yourself believe you're worthy of all those things, and then once you believe that those things started kind of coming into my life and a realize it's like you know. That was something that I had to really focus on. I had to work on with myself I am. We're a project, so if you go out there, and you really want a job, or you really want to start a business, or you want a relationship. You have to almost I think. Go for the life that you want with that same passion and I mean for me. It's just been about really starting to identify. What is it that you want? What is it that makes you happy? And how do you need to get that? I think that's why I'm a planner at heart, because living intentionally as really planning, you're trying to like you have to identify something first and then figure out how you're going to get it right, so it's like for me. Identifying. What makes me happy? What the name of our podcast plan? Happy Life at the Tagline for our company. Or for the for the happy planner, because really feel like you know if if for me, I need to identify what it is, that makes me happy right, and so I'm not somebody who is an Adrenalin Junkie I'm not someone who needs a lot of activity in my life, I need I need serenity a need. Calm I need a place to be creative I want to go travel I want to be with my family so when I. Start to really identify Granular Li, like what it is, that makes me happy and what I want I can easily say you know okay well. Then I am intentionally going to make the choices that get me closer to those things that I want and. It's really a responsibility. You know it's really taking responsibility for For the actions that we take and you know and I think it's empowering I actually feel like instead of going like Oh. My Gosh I'm responsible for all of these things in my life and no one's going to do about me that makes me. I think it just gives it gives me the power back to say you know. Stuff can happen all around me. Crap can just be going on like everywhere and internally I can live intentionally with what makes me happy, which what? And I can be. Responsible for especially this stuff that's going on in my head. You know so setting intentions of you know whether it's daily whether it's setting an intention for a year or whenever you're feeling like you need a little more clarity into. What am I working for I think it's a really powerful thing to do and I know sometimes when things get more popularity. They gained that whole like people in Oh. Yeah, okay. Setting intentions are doing all this, and it sounds a little Wu, and all that and I'm like it, but it really really makes a difference in how we live our lives, and the decisions that we make yeah, and it's all it all goes back to taking accountability, right and totally nine I. always talk about this on the podcast where a lot of people struggle with that I. Think they kind of have this. Poor me, mentality or you know I could never accomplish that I'm not ex- enough. I'm not educated. Enough I'm not. You know fast enough smart enough pretty enough whatever it is, and I just do I. Hope that if pe- when people listen to this episode, they really if they take anything from it. I really hope that they listen to what you just said. Because it's so powerful, that's such a like. I can't I've had a lot of things. People will ask me like well. Of course, it's easy for you to be happy because where you are today, you know and I said, but but here's what you don't understand is that? The reason I'm happy is not because I have all the things that I have the reason I have all the things that I have is because a happy positive person who believes that I have. that. What happens in my life is a result of you know of the way that I go about it and what I believe I deserve and how and then I can have those things I'm happy. And I'm positive period. Doesn't necessarily. Happy happy I just mean like I'm going to be content and positive and optimistic in my life. No matter what is going on and I have lived through a lot of things I've had like I said I shared with you. Guys had some traumatic things in my childhood that have happened I was had a child eighteen I had a lot of money issues. I'm growing up. I was in an abusive relationship with physically and mentally, and there's a have been drug abuse them I mean lots of things that I've had to deal with and. I could very easily any of those instances been. Why did this happen to me? I could never start a business because I don't have a college education and they don't have any money, and they don't have this and you know. What will people think of me and you know a? Growing and believing that you can do something, no matter what like having that resilience and having that. Like I'm just going to figure it out like I said I. It pretty much anything now I'm probably going to be more of a of a jack-of-all-trades master of none but that's okay. That's who I am, and that's really has gotten me where I'm at, but yeah. I just I think if anything I totally agree with you. If I share anything, it would be that no matter what your circumstances are in life. I think optimism and. And believing that no matter what happens to you, you will get through this, and you make something of yourself, and you can get the things that you want in life If you know if you're working, you work hard. You have to be willing to work hard. You have to be teachable if to learn to be confident, but all those things are things you can control. And it doesn't really matter what your circumstances are. So that would be something I mean. Yes. I love the product. Yes, I love our brand. Yes, I love all these other things, but that's just something that I think everyone can take with them throughout their lives. Such great life advice, and it's so true I feel like there's been looking back and reflecting on my own experiences to and the hardships that you know everyone has different forms of adversity, but how you respond and react to that is I think all the difference and I think it was a murray furlough that said everything is figure out. That just. When you said that because it's true like if you have that drive and that hustle enough to do what it is that you WanNa, do you can figure that all out and I think Alex also reiterated several times. There's this concept of just start now. Figure everything else out along the way as you go. Otherwise, you're never gonNA start. You're never going to achieve those goals but in terms of goal, setting and just organizational tips. I mean I feel like the ideal buyer of the happy planner is a very organized individual, or maybe they're aspiring to be more organized. So what are some good organizational tips just in general that people can start practicing and then apply to the happy planner. And I am not a naturally organized person. At like what you see back there on this video that we're recording over is not what it normally looks like I'm a creative person so I'm very like. Just kind of scattered and I will follow an idea like if I have an idea, I'm like I'm down that rabbit hole and. There's a chaos and mastic usually follows so being organized and using happy planner and using organizational tools is actually been essential for me to be like a productive society member of society or running a business, so one of my favorite tools and I think we kind of alluded to this a little earlier was getting things out of your head in getting him down I use a master What I call him Master Action Item List, so it doesn't matter if like you are thinking of I've gotTa. GotTa do cupcakes the Kids School I've got empty. The dishwasher I have a huge project that I'm working on. That's do every little thing. Take space up in your head and It doesn't really you know you're not really. They all have the same weight, so you're thinking constantly of the Dishwasher, the cupcakes and all of these things and you don't have the space to really think about Give yourself like. Hey, now. I'm really focusing on the project because there's so much stuff spinning in your head. And, so I think David Allen I think is his name he said you're. You're headed for having ideas, not storing them so like for me. It's like Oh, my gosh, that is so perfect so I take and had this one massive list actually I have to, but it's ones home in one's work, but usually for most people one will do and. If everything that comes out of my head is something that I have to do if it's an action item. I put it on my list and then I work from that list. Would plan my weeks when I plan my days, so I look at Monday and I think okay. I've got five meetings not lot. Stuff's going to be coming off that to do list, but on Tuesday I have one meeting in the morning and I had the whole day that I. have so I'll go off of my master list and then start working from there. I'M NOT GONNA forget my tasks that way. It's not going to be like oh shoot cupcake sting it. You have your your things that have due dates and everything so when I'm working from it I don't have fifteen sticky notes everywhere and a piece of paper that I wrote over there. That I got lost cause. I left it in my car and you're constantly then figuring out. How do I remember where it was that thing so keeping everything kind of in one place has been a big tip for me. the second organizational tip that I use I plan every Sunday I plan my week out every Sunday so or whatever the day before the start of week.' In for me. Mondays the start, so I sit down I. Take a look at what are all of the to the must do's appointments. The the deadlines that have to happen that week and get all those things in there and I. I plan everything out from date night with my husband every week. we're putting that in their first wins the time that I need one of my GonNa. Go exercise. When am I going to those put in appointments, and then I start to fill in again with things from that master to do. If I don't do that, then you know, there's things that come up and they're just time. Thief's and they come in to take in all of a sudden. You look and you've spent. Monday and you're thinking I've done nothing you know. It could be a week and you're going like shoot. There's nothing off my list. conversely you can take a look at that, and if you've been really productive, there've been times. I had no idea I could get that much done. So those are two tips for me to stay on and just to contend me. Being organized means being productive, because if I'm not productive, my stuff's all over the place. I get very easily overwhelmed, and that is not a good place for me to be. I was GONNA ask as well with with your master. Master list you add everything from like emptying the dishwasher doing laundry like every task so usually I have like if those are ongoing I will have just started doing this, which helped a lot, but all I kind of assign like if something that occurs every week for me I have a list. That's basically recurring tasks, so if you're if it's a cleaning thing, it's like an you know you've got changes sheets. You know the bathrooms or whatever I've got empty Roomba. because. Just, all those little things that are like take the trash out. Those are of things that I put off to the side which are more recurring tasks. And then when I sit down. Unday, I think you know empty room by the today's the in the evenings and do my meal planning here and those things happen all the time. The the Master List for me is you know the things that are their projects or their like like for me for my work one. It's like every time like I need to talk to him about this Call up this person and make sure I return this thing and check out on. All of the let's marketing meetings scheduled out. Make sure to reach out and so then I can cross them off. On Cross them off. And then when they're done, they're done, and of course you know once it gets to about halfway marked off at create a new list because it's prettier. And I like doing that, but yeah, the reoccurred things I keep separately. Of It, so we're GONNA. Get this all in. Your home about really what you're saying is it comes down to time management skills right, and yes, you know like you said there are some days ago by and I'm like. How did I just spent two hours scrolling through instagram? Checking emails bearing bearing myself in emails that really don't I don't need to get back to these people right away and you self reflect and go like that I see I'm busy, but to hours of that time was wasted. Time management is huge, and that was another thing that I uncovered in my memorabilia box that said think I was in like fourth grade and the teacher says like Stephanie needs to learn time management. Because it is true, because I do the same thing and I feel like there's so many times when people say I just don't have enough time and I'm thinking i. just spent four hours binge-watching. Whatever I. We. Do have the time and that's okay. If you're going, you know what I'm going to. It's going to be a binge party like I am going to be watching and It's fine but I think we need to be aware like you don't WanNa miss out on the things that you either want to be doing our need to be doing because you're not managing your time well and like I said it's a constant struggle. This is going to be something that I'm GonNa be. Be doing for my whole life. Because you know because I'm just not naturally inclined to be that way even, but it's a habit you know, and it's easier for me now, but managing your time well and scheduling it out is is a habit that we form you know, and it's just like it just becomes easier and then yeah, you find him. There's nothing to me like when I look at a list I'm like. Oh, my gosh look! How productive I was this week! That is such a good feeling when you even when you finish the day, and you're like man I was on point today like I knocked this off the list and I. Did this and you just feel good? There's just this feeling it brings. There's something about they say like an actual like I don't know what gets release, dopamine, or whatever that when you cross things off your list. That, yes, go. It is what? What are some other resources that you? You've enjoyed yourself or that? You would recommend to listeners in terms of time, management or building, good habits, organizational tools and practices. I think that like to meet. Okay decluttering. Making sure that you like you don't have because again. The more clutter at the worst and I know they say you know a messy desk or whatever they say, but the MESSI dozen. Beans or whatever and it is, but it's probably one who's just driving themselves crazy 'cause they can't find anything so developing somewhat of. Of A protocol for how you're GONNA. Plan your weeks and then also. One of the things I don't know if it's not really a resource, but it's something that I learned that. I kind of tend to first thing in the morning. I want to like answer all like you're saying I. Want to answer all my emails, and then of course I go down. Somebody's asking you know unsubscribe to all these things now and then I started subscribing, and then I go down, and so somebody told me to block off your days and at the beginning. Do the most important thing for you that you need to. To get done in the morning or whenever it is that you work I work best in the morning and freshest van, and then about three o'clock, I'm looking for anything else. I'm looking for something to snack on or any distraction and it, but some people are not also if you're like going, this is when I do my best work. Then make sure you can identify those times because you're gonNA. Find that you have. You're going to get more done. You'RE GONNA feel more efficient more. More productive and I think that's going to help I. Definitely, figure think that if you can figure out how technology and productivity work for you. I am kind of a hybrid between outlook and all of the technology that we can't. We have that really does keep us I've got when I have meetings. All my stuff is stored. I, don't WanNa. Right down the zoom. Call Identification Number and the password, and all these things you know, that's all stored in my outlook and I have a really good relationship between paper planning and my tech, you know. And then but I have a process every time I have like a nice system. I think I think that works I've been I've used a lot of productivity tools into honest with you. Nothing's really kept me more productive than just keeping it simple and planning things out and getting stuff done I mean it. It starts off great, but then it's just something else for me to. Keep track of so having something just right in my face whether it's my outlook, calendar or or my paper planner I just like I, said I've tried I've tried them all I've tried. And I know they were really well for some people, but for me it's just all about keeping it really simple and just getting stuff done. Yeah, and you know what I love the realness because we get questions, sometimes of like. How do you have a business and you work fulltime in your mind like? How do you do all the things? And I always kind of self reflect in its and I always think you know. You make time for what's important to you. That's the bottom line. We all have twenty four hours a day. I think that that hustle mentality isn't always helpful and isn't always positive, but at the same time if you have something that you want to accomplish. You just have to do it. You have to figure it out and do it. That's the bottom line. So Yeah? I love what you said on that. You know what I'd like to ask you Stephanie. If there's some sort of book or podcast or resource that you'd recommend for our followers, I don't know if you have any in mind that something that is is really impacted you in some way. Yes, so two different two different things so a book that basically just changed my life completely were was the gifts of imperfection by Bernard Brown. And it was one of those things where I just realized I don't have to be perfect I'm worthy of just the way I am, and that just really kind of just her whole. I love her so much that book. When I started to believe those things about myself, things change. They think changed in my life. They changed in my business That's why I think that no matter what you're looking at doing that. Inner work is I. Don't don't try and like. Get the promotion or getting the relationship, because you think that's GonNa make you more successful or happier, or whatever, because if you're not okay with that first step I it's all going to be empty. You know you're going to get the promotion, but it's not gonNA. Feel as great as you thought it was. Because you're. There's there's that whole in there that you're trying to fill so. That personally was amazing for me and then I love how I built this by Cairo's and. The podcast and for business. That's something that I listened to and I just. If, you're ever wanting to start a business and you think well I don't fit the typical either entrepreneur or business owner, or whatever I don't fit that mold listen to those stories there from every walk of life and every kind of story. It's so empowering to listen to them, but it's also really interesting to see how some of those people dealt with you know the setbacks, and how they how they innovated, and how they funded their businesses, and it's really interesting, and so, and they've covered just about like every aspect of business so I love those, too. Such third-rate episode actually heard how I built. This I've never listened to it, but I've heard it is great good, so that'll be one that'll that'll be added to my podcast list. podcasts our life right now in quarantine. Basically do anything and just have headphones on and listen to podcasts. For sure so good. Well this has been great. We are so happy that we have had the chance to chat with you and an answer all of our questions. Where can people find you on on social media? And where can they purchase happy planner? So they can find a me personally and INSTAGRAM's. Where is my John? That's what I love the most. People over it Instagram, so you can find me at Stephanie Score, Fleming. And then you can find the happy planner, which on Instagram, as the underscore happy, underscore planner or the happy planet Dot Com. I also have a podcast called planet. Happy Life that host with my daughter, sharing tips about how you can choose to be happier and planned to be happier and. And we love that, so that is planned a happy life. You can find that. At Planet Happy Life Dot Com so and then the happy planner you can buy at craft stores all over Michael's Joanne. Hobby Lobby Walmart and that'd be planner DOT COM, so we're all over. Love it. It's awesome. That is so great. We will link everything in the show notes, and it has been such a pleasure Stephanie you offer so much wisdom. As it relates to not only business but life so thank you for sitting down with us today. Thank you appreciate it. It's been fun talking to you.
Addressing Misconceptions About Cannabis and the Endocannabinoid System w/ The Doctors Knox (From BTS #31)
"Even with all the gold standard ladies in the world, every individual is different in, so we're GONNA have to take the time to listen to our patients and ourselves right in patients thereby. Ourselves as as lesions, our bodies in determining your West best friends, the instrument timing and that's GonNa be processed one hundred percent of us. Yeah, we knowing everything absolutely. Yeah, and this leads into we've we've kind of touched on a couple of things here, but one thing I wanted to make sure to ask all of you, or what are some of the the most significant prevalent conceptions that you encounter about? Either Cannabis or the Indo can navigate system. That just sort of keep coming up for you that you're having to address frequently. Still Minced Society. Leading. Systematic wrist really. Interesting, and that's not I. Mean you know the end up? Nominated system is primary components are all identified when nineteen ninety five. Graduated Permits Medical School in Boston Twenty twelve. Almost twenty years later, not one word of the. Is Done. Was Talk to us and you know they say it takes seventeen years for. The findings of research to trickle down into application. But you know it's been well past seventeen years at this point and most recently, I heard that something like thirteen percent of medical schools are. Medical will also nursing schools. Starting to mention, there might be. Might be medicinal, so yeah, you know. When you have clinicians who you are well into their careers, and they never heard of this thing and the only context in which they have heard about. It is what cannabis is dangerous, and it's a drug of abuse to gateway drug, and it makes people lazy and stupid like it's. It's hard to undo some of that Some of that that education right like I will sometimes say that the war on drugs. And specifically on cannabis with some of the most effective propaganda that we'd have right people. We've seen patients who are who are on their deathbeds, and literally will still not try cannabis because all of the things they know about it. Is Mind Boggling to me. Because even thought you know, cannabis really wasn't the devils. Lettuce might be willing to try it if I thought it was way to save my life. There's a lot stigma and fear and just missed and this. has to be. Unprocessed deep process deprogrammed, and it's at work, which is why we do always start with this history and science. because. Once? They understand that odor isn't a system mayor. Then they'll then they'll. They'll get on board, but there are still some. Don't even want to accept that. Apology. System Yeah I heard. We Croak intimate. Pro Canvas relate. And if the science overwhelmingly speaks to the benefit of cannabis. I mean that doesn't make us I s right. The science of from college at candidates speaks for itself. The physiology speaks for itself in. We're just excited to talk about it because we believe that it is. Is! or should be the target of all therapeutic. We're galleys as far as the now until bigger bigger than end of Natalie Dome and Adenoid always it. So how can we you know about entity dome? especially with respect to this function which leads to disease, how can we apply our knowledge of plant pharmacology, even modern molecular drug from ecology to modulate working with it to reverse disease to do not taking grow cannabis approach. That's not what we're advocating it inherently. Yes, we this is pro cannabis. I will say I'm not ashamed that I advocate for cannabis legalization. And for Science and medical informed regulation. I'm proud to say that, but we're not. You. Know shooting in the dark here, right? recognized. Cannabis can be used as a tool to do for health. has been able to do thus far envy. Believe that we should be taking. A, very intentional chance on this almost commodity on this wellness that's. Not Lost on us that. Need to mitigate risks. Are Risks that come with using Hannah's Kennedy misuse and abuse. Yes, it. But yeah, but how do we also provide opportunity to optimize consumer patients variance with cannabis ray, so kimmy find that sweet spot in the middle. Where were protecting people but also helping the? Doctor mentioned before. Now. We want to shoot that paradigm. because. Cannabis has been considered a drug abuse day in Conventional Medicine is star well, maybe a hassle mic uses. We want shit that I know Dizzy Medicine I. You. Properly you know in in all different forms. You know whenever you're treating. You can get a good result. The problem? Is it just like a lot of medical? Opiates for example. They do have a potential for abuse misuse. Overuse! Allah things. But you know when you read the literature. Concerned about everything from addiction. To. Particularly Children, you know what's the damage to the developing brain rain all the? Negative things. That when we're talking about appropriate medical use of cannabis. Those really are not a big issue because you're using it in a way with a purpose in dosages that we just don't see snow saints are only Sneezing Bay related about. Damaging to the. Jenner, changes in Nike. A motivational central addiction. Those I'll, he's on long term high dose laughers the. Inch. Is Not Medicinal show. When you're. Just like everything in medicine, it's a risk benefit ratio. And Wigan at the risk, profile cannabis. It is safer than ninety nine percent of the pharmaceuticals on the mark.
Addiction in Isolation
"After weeks of isolating ourselves to stop the spread of Corona virus. Many of US still haven't been able to settle into a new routine. I know I've had a hard time with it myself. That kind of disruption can take a toll especially for those who are in the process of trying to make a change in their lives like getting sober when I was first getting so far That was instilled in me and the head a regimen at certain meetings that I went to I went Kalma sponsor on a daily basis and once. That routine was set. It really helped it become second nature so that it didn't become a chore. That's Anthony Be. We agreed not to use his last name to protect his privacy. Anthony is an alcoholic who has been in recovery for seven years when he was in the throes of addiction. Most of his substance abuse took place at home alone. I know for me. I didn't need to be in a club or a bar or anything like that. I could just be in my house and stop off at the liquor store and And on the House with so many people isolating during this pandemic on their own. Anthony worries that those who struggle with substance abuse are especially vulnerable. So imagine someone who has just recently gotten sober and has been going to meetings and then all of a sudden now. They're just in the house. The place where everything happened here. Walking around that I'm looking oh That's where I used to put a bottle or oh look at the glasses. Anthony is no longer able to attend his regular alcoholics anonymous meetings in person so he's joined the meetings online over zoom. The interesting part about it for me was Having people check in from Australia the UK. Louisiana North Dakota Virginia. I mean it was all over and so- instantly for me I felt connected like okay. This is how we're GONNA do it. This is what we're GONNA do to get us through. You know this period. But here's the thing. Connecting online may not be enough for everyone doctrine. Nora Volkoff is the director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse at the National Institutes of health. Pretty early on Dr Volkov became concerned. About how this pandemic would affect those struggling with substance abuse. I started to worry it in February but it wasn't really until March that I started to recognize how devastating these could be to individuals that have problems with substance abuse as Cova. Nineteen patients fill hospitals all over the country. Doctor Volkov says it is imperative that healthcare workers prevent this stigma surrounding addiction from influencing how they administer care they are discriminated on the basis that the belief that people do this themselves and therefore you have to own the consequences to your own choices and in fact this is something that patients will tell you that. Have a problem with drugs and why they don't like to go see a doctor or go to the hospital because they are mistreated addictions that one of the most stigmatize. If not the most stigmatized disease. Fortunately she says there have been some changes to the way care is provided for those with substance use disorders down health has exploded and it has been incorporated into everyday practice so rapidly. Dr Volkov adds that treatment for drug addiction however has been especially challenging many of the Methadone clinics are closing their doors. On limiting the number of patients that can go in normally. Methadone can only be prescribed after an in-person evaluation and must be taken in the clinic but now some Methadone clinics are making it easier to get multiple doses of the medication and to be able to take it at home so these changes give us a different perspective of how we may be able to treat people that are addicted to drugs while also forcing us to see the issues that we need to solve address. It's not just illicit substances that pose a threat during this pandemic but legal ones as well because covert nineteen impacts the lungs the food and Drug Administration has advised that those who smoke cigarettes may be at increased risk and have worse outcomes from the virus and while there isn't any data showing how the pandemic has impacted rates of alcohol use disorder. People do appear to be buying a lot of alcohol. According to Nielsen sales of Alcoholic Beverages increased fifty five percent in the last week of March compared to the same time last year. That may be partly as a result of liquor stores being deemed essential businesses in most states and while there has been some criticism of that designation. Dr Volkov points out that having access to alcohol could in some situations be safer for alcoholics. Eve you are addicted to alcohol. And you don't have access to alcohol. And you go to withdraw. That's extremely severe. You can literally die from alcohol withdrawal but Anthony be who's been in recovery for seven years worries about the temptation for people who are still struggling. My first instinct was like damn that sucks. You know. There's definitely some people out there that are suffering and I feel for them when I see Liquor Stores Open. I hope they realize that. That's not an essential but I don't know that that's going to happen. The World Health Organization recently issued a statement saying excessive drinking can weaken the immune system and they recommended limiting access to alcohol during this pandemic. Of course it's one thing to discourage people from excessive substance use during this uncertain time and another to make sure they have the support. They need to do so. Anthony has a simple suggestion for anyone who's currently having a hard time. Pick up the phone. If people are really into the whole technology thing just call people. It makes such a different. And what's what's interesting. Is that if I call someone? It helps them more than it helps me. I'm calling because I want to stay sober. But they'll say thank you for calling me because I was going through X Y and Z. And they might call somebody else. Dealing with addiction is enormously difficult under any circumstance. And we don't want to minimize this at all dealing with it during a pandemic adds a whole new set of challenges
Second Generation Genetics
"All right well we earn spur. Well I know I guess it's not spring yet but it seems like it's trying to be spring here it's trying. It's making me anxious. I WanNa plant some stuff. I know. Well that's everybody's implant fever. There's a lot of people out there right now. That are you know getting ahead of the game. I you know like J. B. E. popped in late February He's already like two or three weeks deep on his stuff so people are out there. Doing we don't usually do it to like March because they get paid like we. We don't need nine foot plans exactly so so. There's no really reason for us to go until about now but we are going to pop seeds now ready. I think that basically where we pop in our crosses from last year for sure because we gotta work those and I guess will pop you know whatever we decide on the ripcord jd short yep and then of course the rip cord and then yes. Of course the ripcord have to because I mean we've been waiting for that one mix monsters. Yes things are ugly. So we're GONNA Maybe considered crossing those two since since we have them. Why not why not? It's supposedly very very gassy. Now I told you about it. Got Me really high in studio when he brought it in for the Accu. I don't got to try it quite yet. You Jealous loop a little bit all right. So let's get right into the news just a few things here. The Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and explosives issued a memo requiring gun dealers in Michigan to use federal background checks because current policy is allowed to many habitual marijuana users to illegally obtain firearms. Are Dirty. A bitch will marijuana use. Our SAMPHA CAN POT SMOKERS. Dammit figure shot a whisking come down. We'll sell your gun all day long you I. It's terrible. It's terrible I take that back. I mean it's just terrible that they're being so focused on a bitch you'll marijuana users as they put it. Yes exactly food and Drug Administration finally sent Congress Overdue Update on its efforts to formulate policy on enforcement discretion for CD products. Basically what this was you know? They've been getting dinged to come up with some guidelines for marketing. Yeah because people can make these crazy claims and they kind of have been. Yes I mean and if it's not crazy claimed CBD bedsheets in like. I'm surprised they haven't come up with. Cd TAMPONS AND CBD. I think they have some but they the CD pillow. Have you seen that one? You'll see okay. The pillow and I was the reason. I- pauses because of thinking about that. Yeah the CBD. Tampons probably not for a while. I could see that being well. It's they've offered you know they I was. I remember when we first went into top shelf and we were told by one of the guys in there about using I think it was empower on a Tampon and that his girlfriend did it. And so it helped with it helps with internal use of keeping cramps. Os sure will mean empower. That shits the bomb so. I expect their products to work. But I had a lapse or I'm like wait a second. That doesn't sound too crazy. But yes CBD pillow. I mean with snap crazy I mean. Do they surprised? They don't have like CD car seat covers and Shit Cagno. Ashdown way you drive in which I could see this commercial now. Do you have road rage order now? Our new. Cbd Car seat covers in road rage and your road rage now. Only twenty nine ninety five organ activists announced that they've collected more than the required number of raw signatures to put a drug decriminalization treatment. Expansion measure on the November ballot. This is what we've been talking about. We've had a couple of interviews. One was decriminalised and also we talked with a Delic and we referred number numerous times even read the news articles about how organs pushing for decriminalized drugs all of them really but You know Suicide in An and the genes is part of that to the signatures haven't been validated yet. Though so the campaign will keep collecting for more absolutely so basically. They announced Thursday that they had gathered. One hundred twenty. Five thousand signatures was huge I guess invalidated so that means. Probably no one's not. What responded back we know what that means is they gotta validate that the all those signatures are legit. So basically they WANNA make sure that they're not like duplicates or you know if they're forging signatures. I don't know exactly how they do that. Basically your son's nephew. Yeah well. It wasn't there but yeah just make sure that they're legit signatures. So their efforts is to go over. There already. Claimed ten thousand over. But they're going to continue going just to have some sort of safety They've had really good response though and not really surprised. I mean organ. I think is one of the places. It's going to be pioneering theologians. You know we didn't so much with cannabis but it seems like we're really pushing for pretty quick with the with people wanting to do this. Yeah this initiative is backed by the National Organization Drug Policy Action It's GONNA make it. Basically a civil infraction punishable by a maximum. One hundred dollar fine no jail. Time Nice and this is the problem. I just have to mention this. This is only thing that really bugs me about this and we did mention this previous. I think it was indicriminate. But the measures going to take funds not all of them but takes some marijuana tax revenue from schools education and redirect that to substance abuse programs. I get it. It's just education you know that was a great thing that we were getting from the cannabis taxes and we still will get that. I just don't know how much is GONNA be diverted. I hope it's not enough to affect education because right now everything's going well but as you know even with this money they still have short days at school They still don't. It's not like before where was five days of the same schedule. So anyway you could guarantee school. Most of the year is right right right and there wasn't extra days taken offer. It's really strange now. So even though with all this money they still do have some somewhat of a budget. I guess that limits their time at school A study indicated that THC might be present continuously even in non daily smokers at low levels even if the smoking occasions are separated by a week. Yeah I think there's so many variables like if you have a high metabolism that you know might be. You might be able to get away but we all know thirty days. I mean if you're smoking but I don't think that this study probably took an account. Niacin CRANBERRY JUICE. Lots and lots and lots and lots and lots of water. Yes yes you'd have to do that but yes. This isn't too surprising. The National Institute on Drug Abuse Released a solicitation for grant applications to fund studies investigating quote the effects of cannabis and cannabinoid exposure on the developing brain from pre and post natal development through young adulthood in humans and using animal models. Yes it has tested on animals as we should there is not a lot of. There's not a lot of solid evidence or studies on especially on developing prenatal babies. And we've talked a few times about our situation when we had our two year old so I think that stuff like this needs to be done and I'm glad to see this. I had to mention that as well too.
The Dangerous Science Behind Gender Transitioning
"The reason scientific studies touting the benefits of medical transitioning for those with gender dysphoric or joining the long history of so-called science from call center. I'm John Stonestreet. This is break point from the beginning. Proponents of the sexual revolution have wrapped themselves in the mantle of science especially social science for example in the nineteen fifties. The Kinsey reports helped normalize a whole range of sexual behaviors. They were the source of that still often quoted statistic that ten percent of people or same sex oriented both that figure and the methodology behind. Kinsey. So-called research has long ago been discredited. Still that ten percent number two sticks in some people's heads a new wave of studies in recent years paint a rosy picture about the benefits of medical transitions for people with gender dysphoric. You so much. So that is Paul. Dirks recently said public discourse lifelong experimental medicalisation sterilization and complete removal of healthy body parts. No longer a rarity. It's now the recommended treatment for gender is for you. But what if those studies are like the Kinsey reports? What if they reflect the bias and of the authors rather than reality will given? What's at stake? This is vitally important question. Especially since -ocial science itself is in the midst of what's called a replication crisis in other words when researchers tried to replicate the findings of studies in the Social Sciences. They often cannot this failure replication. Even includes studies regarded as canonical in some fields. So how can we distinguish between what solid research? And what won't withstand further scrutiny. When it comes the so called settled science of Gender Transitioning Paul Dirks public discourse article titled Transition As treatment. The best study showed the worst outcomes sums up. The results of his deep dive into this research dirks defines best studies as those that have followed people who underwent medical transition for the longest period of time. It's well recognized in the literature. Dirk states that the year after medical gender transition is a quote honeymoon period which does not represent a realistic picture of long-term sexual and psychological status yet most of the popular ginger transition studies are limited to just a few years following the transitioning other studies that support medical transition failed to follow up with as many as half the original participants. That's well beyond the threshold of reliability. Many of the studies dirk states are fraught with design problems like small sample sizes short study links enormously high dropout rates to name just three the problem so bad one systematic review of the literature rate and only two out of twenty nine studies as high quality and contrast the best designed and most rigorous studies. Whose results are most likely to stand up over. Time found. That medical transition was not the solution to the patient's problems especially in the case of male to female transitions. They reveal much higher. Mortality rates do increased rates of suicide AIDS. Drug abuse even cardiovascular disease another high quality study found a sevenfold increase in suicide attempts and a nineteen fold increase in completed suicides after transitions even when the findings are adjusted for pre existing psychiatric problems which are often treated as unrelated to the gender DIS Fauria. They're still a three fold. Increase in psychiatric hospital admissions in other words when it comes to medical gender transitioning the best studies show the worst outcomes and the current use of shoddy social science to support medical transitioning. That's not only misleading. It's dangerous in this case. As is common in the social sciences especially throughout the history of the sexual revolution ideology is overwhelming truth. Finding too many researchers think they know what the data should tell us and so they at times unconsciously and times consciously designed their studies to make sure that it does sadly the consequences of their failure is far worse than professional embarrassment or tarnished reputations this case the consequences could be permanent and
Trump tried to reassure America — and the stock markets had the biggest one-day drop in history
"Since returning from India yesterday president trump has been trying everything he can to try and show that he is on top of this corona virus outbreak. And yesterday. That's why we saw him in the briefing room. Trying to reassure the public but also trying to reassure the markets which is a key point here as he faces reelection this year. Now the question of course is. How does this go forward today? The president trying to reassure the markets but again another selloff tonight growing concern here in the US over the corona virus outbreak fuelled by rising fears of pandemic US markets suffering losses for the sixth day in a row while the risks to the American public remains low as the president said. Yesterday we're ready. We're ready for anything. Vice President Mike Pence on his first day in charge of the Federal Response Looking to reassure the public and calm the markets announcing several additions to the Corona Virus Taskforce Treasury Secretary. Steve MNUCHIN chief White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow and ambassador. Deborah burks the US Global AIDS coordinator. An Obama appointee at the top. More confusion are you meeting the test? Scores leading the task force Will Continue to rely on the secretary's role as chairman of the Task Force and the leader of Health and Human Services he bought. We've known each other for many years worked very closely on the users and the president has every confidence in the secretary as I do that. Decision coming after trump returned from India on Wednesday and grew frustrated with health and Human Services Secretary Alex as our amid spiralling markets and lawmakers drilling his cabinet officials. Mike is going to be in George Michael Report back to me. But he's got a certain talent for their sow. Several people close to pence fear. It could spell disaster putting him in an impossible position as health. Experts warn the situation will inevitably get worse. Pence also has a controversial record combating an HIV outbreak as governor of Indiana in two thousand fourteen. This is truly a crisis that is centered on a crisis of drug abuse pence initially opposed a CDC recommended needle exchange program which could have helped prevent the spread of the virus house speaker. Nancy Pelosi says she told pens. She didn't think he should be in charge. Unfortunately up until now. The trump administration has mounted opaque and often chaotic response to this outbreak. This as a patient testing positive for corona virus in northern California is now the first use case believed to have been contracted from exposure within a US community. I don't think it's inevitable. President trump contradicted. The health officials tasked with fighting the illness at Wednesday's news conference. No I don't think it's I don't think it's inevitable. I think that is a chance that it could get worse as a chance. It could get fairly substantially worse but nothing's inevitable a stark contrast to officials who warned the situation will inevitably get worse. The degree of risk has the potential to change quickly and we can expect to see more cases in the United States. We do expect more cases and this is a good time to prepare and wolf. The vice president is now in charge of efforts to contain the spread of Corona virus. Sources are also now telling us that the vice president is in charge of all messaging efforts around this effort as well that means that any statements or any TV appearances from administration officials needs. I go through the vice president's office before they can go forward. Of course this comes after there's been a lot of mixed messaging from trump administration officials in recent days. But one thing that it's not going to solve is the president. Just as he did yesterday contradicting his own officials. Both all right Jeremy. Thank you Jeremy. Diamond over at the White
Oscar's Coming Out Story
"How identify is constantly evolving? Rarely but at the moment I'm identify as Trans Masculine Non Binary Sexuality was. I pretty much identifies Pan sexual but I D- tend to bisexual just for the ease of not having conversation about said Pharaoh Enough. So what did he say? Non Binary e dressing and looking Clint David's up and some days you feel more feminine. No I think it's important for people to realize whether they're feeling in particular nor that identity is really an internal thing not necessarily how you how you look to other people for me. A non binary is is that You see gender on a spectrum which is basically how I've always thought of gender and so nobody is absolutely mild or absolutely female. There's always a mix of the two and there's also the complication that gender is on some are also Collection of ideas about how you look or act to other people so I feel like me a lot of the time sometimes I. I feel more of the old me that I feel of the new me. I mean it's very it's a very complicated question basically also like as I got older the idea that I am me in isolation to the world is a bit ridiculous no like I M E in contact with people and situations at any given moment so my identity is as fluid as my gender. And you've had quite a few coming out stories. I've had a series of coming out stories so initially came out as a lesbian as I was growing up. There was very little language or or information about identities other than heterosexual binary gender identities. Tell us where when you were growing up. Well I was born in the seventy s So I grew up in the seventies and eighties ninety s and two thousand and still growing up but I was born in the Midlands in in the Cayenne. When I was about four we moved to Trinidad in the West indies. Which is what my father's from okay. And what was it like spending your formative years and you childhood really in the Carribean. It was in many ways idyllic. It's a beautiful island and it's possibly one of the few places in the world which really celebrates of mixed race identity obviously are mixed race. Many many different ethnicities and Trinidad is one of the few places I've been genuinely celebrate slap. That's good but do they understand gay people because initially you were you were growing up. As a woman came out as lesbian. He added that fail. Yeah I mean I didn't really come out until after I left Trinidad because I was eleven when I left my mom brought back to the UK. I mean I was just touching on the edges of it so when I was in Trinidad we started to have the first sort of stories coming out about the AIDS crisis. I remember that happening and that was probably the first time I'd ever really come into contact with the idea that a man could love a man and a woman could love woman. It was a confusing and also exciting time because I was starting to recognize something of myself in the stories of the people that I was hearing about. But also there's the slight terrible thing happening and essentially this like lots of rhetoric about whether or not. This was something that was supposed to happen if it was a good thing or you know like did God. God punishing gays that kind of stuff and was it. Was it quite homophobic place? Then we'll turn it out Been changing of the last few years is like a head. I pride last year two years ago. The groups who are campaigning for rights. Lgbt plus rights in that country of very vocal and getting a lot of coverage so those very positive but it is a very conservative religious country in the sense that there are lots of very vocal strongly opinionated mainly Christian groups. It's a hotbed of activity for moments and seventh day. Adventists Evangelical Christians who come to do the mission circle missionary. So they're very like the very active dumber. So what was it like going to school in Canada then? It was intense very intense educational program that pushes kids along. It was a difficult time mainly because I was bullied a lot in school for being different as they saw our very masculine girl. He hung around with boys and Didn't really do lots of girl stuff which made me Different did they. Yeah I mean a lot of it was just like a teasing girls. Say things to make me feel like I didn't really fit in or like wasn't doing go right. Anna there was some physical comments and but men mainly was too slight low level humiliation that kind of stuff so sort of processing the fact that he gave you thought. Well Yeah I mean I. I knew I was different. A neo wasn't acting the same way that girls actives but also At that point I hadn't really got the language for a lot of what I how I was identifying. So so you wouldn't necessarily questioning agenda at that point away. Yeah well I was questioning my gender from from with Tommy was a child so I basically I thought I was a boy up until 'cause I as I start to hit school. I had to wear a dress. 'cause I was a girl And up until that point I didn't have to. My mom has no real. She's not strongly set in her generals. The associate she identified herself as a Tomboy when she grew up. She wanted to be a cowboy riding high. Was it when you have to suddenly wear a dress. Then I imagined that was horrific. It was yeah boy shorts underneath my dresses. Go as a way of protecting myself but yeah hated it and also like when I was teased for being in address that was like even more upsetting because it was already vulnerable in address and then I was being made fun of because I was wearing a dress. Did you feel like you were just wearing the wrong clothes when he wore dress? Yes basically Oscar. You're just lucky. Didn't mind mother because I didn't ask Oh uniform. And My mother invented this thing called Dress Tuesdays and she just make me where we address on a Tuesday. I did run on high out really early. And then you didn't wear a dress Carolina absolutely. Yeah I mean I had to wear a dress as my school uniform. So just sucked up. That's what I did. I had to address my first holy communion that was horrific. I mean I only wore it because my mom made it but it was like. Oh it was terrible terrible time and then. I had one dress that had to wear. I think goes on my six birthday and I think that was probably the last time. My mom made me wear dress. She made me wear for my sex birthday party. E and it it was like horrible so yeah. That was the last time she made me do it. Outside of required parameters. I think the first time that you sort of expressed any of this because it was your mom that I come out to. Isn't it? Yeah in terms of sexuality came out quite early so as I moved to the UK was probably like twelve thirty you. She's okay without his like you're part of the family you know that's no it's not. GonNa Change and what about you that my dad was? Okay about Basically my mom told him. I think it's quite amazing. They probably don't see. She went with like hard news off. News is Basically it was like your door is addicted to drugs and she's a lesbian and my dad was like I don't care who. She sleeps with as long as she gets off. The drugs is ready. Basically the the outer now all scattered. I'm guessing at the time that was quite stressful for you and your family about the addiction. Side of things go into substance abuse at a very young age Just about eleven twelve years old. Yeah I basically got into dogs when I came back to the UK. So I came back from what was a very strict conservative school environment where you like stood when they teaches torture you and me entered and left the room to a high school in a one of the more challenging parts of London where kids would throw things at the teacher and tell them to piss off in that sort of stuff so it was. It was a huge culture shock for me and also like just coming into the UK with the levels of segregation and racism that existed compared to the country. That are just come from. That was also heat shock but I came over. I made some friends and within the first year we started experimenting with drugs and stuff so looking back on it now I see. It is a way of coping with what was going on But it didn't it wasn't in any way helpful to me. What were you doing mom asking the short answer to that is whatever. I could get my hands on. I guess in terms of long term use consistent long-term use. It was mainly Paul but there were also other drugs or substances. 'cause I went all drugs involved in that usage through from about up until the age of about the tea when I decided I just couldn't do the study more where I was just using stuff to nominate cope with what was going on drinking as well. No I'm not a fan of alcohol really lucky that way. I don't I don't really drink. So what was eventually made? You think account live like this anymore. I'd been homeless a couple of times and I was staying at my exes flat. She got a place and I just spent a year with a sort of extreme. Kind of Agra phobia had been really depressed and lots and lots of mental health issues and I spent about a year on the sofa refusing to leave the flat and I was basically waiting to die at that point and And I just had this moment where I asked myself radio. Honestly if you were going to die right now would you? Would you just let yourself go and the answer was now? I would try and stay alive and so I thought well if that's true if I really WanNa live them. I should just Kinda try and do that. And that was the start of a very long journey out of mental health in the BC. She's drug abuse issues. And you think all of that was because he was struggling with your sexuality or your gender identity or both Sexuality was never really an issue for me. I always saw that as a soft a software out. My gender identity struggled with a lot more. The first time I tried to broach the subject with my mom. My mom is usually the person I talked to. My Dad's not very like conversational. I just seen a documentary about a trance guy who was going to Amsterdam for the first so of surgeries that they were offering female-to-male people and I was just like wow. That's me you know and I tried to tell my mom and she was. She was freaked out. Boy Boy. I remember her saying what what kind of life you're going to have and I was like so affected by her reaction. The I stack tracked and kept secret which I'd been doing anyway pretty much by whole life and so I just went back to being lesbian for About the twentieth years so I came out again at the five is lesbian. I had my moments. I probably would have been a good lesbian if I wanted to be one. If I'd wanted to stay that way I mean you know like there's a certain amount of Kudos that comes with being a butch woman. There's definitely a market of attraction that people you know women find attractive and I was like well. Maybe I don't know it wasn't able to sort of engage with a as much maybe to have taken advantage of that but you had girlfriends yeah had girlfriends. Yeah so I may have been a good lesbian.
The Dharma of Instagram | Yung Pueblo
"Hey guys social media media does not differ. Flush seemed like a hospitable environment for meditation. Mindfulness Dharma Sanity. Whatever you WANNA call it? There's there's at least some evidence to suggest that the more time spent on social media the less happy you will be however our guest this week. Diego Perez has been able to build a massive following going for what is essentially Dharma Buddhist content on instagram. He's got last. I checked more than six hundred thousand followers followers on instagram. Every day he puts out a post based on his experiences As a person in the world who's using this sort of ancient agent technology to improve his own life and clearly clearly a lot of people want to hear it So I'll keep this introduction very brief because he's a great storyteller and the way he came to the practice is quite interesting but I do want to highlight Going into one is. We've had a lot of people request that we talk doc about the experience of being on a meditation retreat in this show. Diego does that for us and I also want to point out that toward the end of the interview. You're going to hear two of my colleagues the Laura Coburn and Chris Riaz from nightline. Ask some questions to Diego. Because we're doing a story on him for nightline and they were in the studio with their cameras recording as we recorded this interview For the podcast forgot to mention by the way that his name is Diego Perez but the the way the world world knows him as young Pueblo. which is the name of his instagram account? And you'll hear him explain why he came to that name all right enough for me here. We go young young Pueblo. Well Nice to meet you nice to meet you too. I would love to hear your backstory. How did you get into meditation in the first place? Well it was back in July of Twenty twelve twelve day my first course in the summer And I had just overcome. It was a pretty serious year. Twenty eleven or twenty twelve. I was basically basically pulling my life back together. I had gone pretty deep into just using a pleasure and intoxicants like drugs and alcohol to get as far away from self as possible and it Kinda hit rock bottom and that summer of two thousand eleven and basically almost died felt like you. The body was just like full of drugs and I was on the floor. Basic trying to pray myself back into life because I felt like I was having a heart attack and you know I was twenty three at the time like I had to push my body that far to the edge And literally just because I didn't know how to deal with my anxiety and my sadness and from from that moment when I was on the ground there really realizing that I could have really wasted my life. I've this is not how I want to go. I don't WanNa like my parents don't especially because my parents you know. We emigrated from Ecuador when I was very young in. My parents made such a giant sacrifice for me to even be in this country and to have this opportunity but in some ways if I die now I would have wasted every all of their efforts and that sort of gave me a lot of courage to just stop. Stop doing all the hard drugs and start dislike slow. Walk into being healthy again because I was like so overweight when healthy so sad and was constantly only thinking about what like. What's the next pleasure that I could have so that I don't have to feel like this? The sadness the underlying emotions that you're trying trying to get away from were they just part of your wiring or were they connected to life experiences that have been traumatic. Yeah there I I mean besides like the trauma of poverty. We grew up poor but house always kind of wired that way. Even when I was really little I always felt you know I was very extroverted. Had A lot of friends but just underlying sadness that kind of compounded over time and it just grew and grew to the point where it became unmanageable and really really destructive. Where did you grow up so I grew up in Boston after we was born in Ecuador? And when I moved moved to Boston when I was four and a half and then I was there until I was eighteen when I went to college in Boston proper. Yeah Yeah in Jamaica Plain and what we're folks doing to to get by. It was tough. I mean we were so we're broke like My mom was cleaning houses and my dad was working in a supermarket and luckily we were able to live live in Boston. Because my aunt who had moved from Ecuador in the sixties She and her husband had bought like triple decker and they were renting it really cheap one of the floors I us For like very very cheap and so you went off to college at Eighteen and then a twenty three year. You're on the floor of your apartment. Yeah what what. How bad did what did it look like your the the drug abuse drinking what? How bad did it get? It was consistent not every day. It was kind of like a Monday to know. Sorry from Wednesday to Monday. I think like Tuesday's we're off and But even on Tuesdays. I'd still be like smoking weed and but the weekend was very long. We got there like at the school that I went to especially at that time. I don't know what the culture is like there. Now but which Wesleyan University I was great prestige school. Yeah no it was great And I learned a time time when I was there and I. I love the experience that I had but I definitely just sought out having fun or what I thought was way too much and it became so consistent and like a a norm that I didn't think anything was wrong and then when I left there I saw that I still had that like constant urge craving to just continue that and I wasn't in that environment that could produce it so I had to like make situations to continue having the spine so just got really heavy into cocaine and to to the point where I just felt like I couldn't even walk very far without my heart feeling like it was gonNA explode Yeah I've Had My own experiences with that drug. Yeah get produced a panic attack from you on national television. Which was Oh yeah? Yeah so you've taken us through the what appears to be pretty hard bottom On the floor Trying to pray yourself back to some sense of normalcy. How did of that land you on a meditation? Retreat sounds like a year later. It was exactly I was almost exactly a year later so I stopped the really hard drugs And I started and exercising and taking superfoods. I remember like one of the first things I did was by the toughest bureau of Barley grass and started consuming. 'cause like I never never knew how to eat well and I slowly started feeling better and better like you know. Having a relatively good diet helps balance the mind out a bit so that was helping me see things a little more clearly than a friend of mine had been travelling in India and he did attend David Positive of course and he when he came so. This is also one of the people that I used to party with a time. You know do all the same drugs with and everything and he wrote an email after his experience and it was all about love Compassionate and goodwill so to me I was like like what the hell happened like this person who I love. You know I was like one of my brothers. Why is he talking about love? Now like what you know how. How is this experience variance so powerful that it made him right this email so I immediately signed up and did a few months later and it was like dramatically changed my life? I want to dive deeply and just just for clarity of terms if a pasta can be a confusing term on a number of levels one of which one of the levels levels is that there is a kind of meditation practiced in many ways And in many different ways In the Meditation World When people say I'm going on on the positive retreating often mean I'm going on a retreat at a center established by legendary very teacher by the name of S N. That's was an Indian businessman who learned how to meditate while doing business in Burma. Yeah exactly and he then started creating meditation centers for lay people. And now they're all over. You were telling me this three hundred before we started about three hundred around the world and so the Pasta is an ancient form of meditation also called insight. Meditation taught outside of the Wencke school such as such as it is but somehow in the meditation vernacular nowadays and when people say. I'm going out of the positive retreat. They generally mean going. Yeah definitely I think. The positive globally is sort sort of like the silent giant like there's so many of us centers around the world and people practice it To different degrees and I think that's what. Yeah what people think about talk about going kind of pasta on
US life expectancy rises for first time since 2014
"Life expectancy in the U. S. rose in twenty eighteen the first increase in four years driven by declines in six of the ten leading causes of death between twenty seventeen and twenty eighteen that includes a notable drop in drug overdose deaths for the first time in twenty eight years White House counselor kellyanne Conway said the administration hopes this is a turning point on combating drug abuse this is a crisis that we call the crisis next door because we want people to know from the beginning that the silence and stigma that it tends to many people and prevents them from seeking out the kind of treatment and help that is available to them Karen Travers ABC
"drug abuse" Discussed on The Dave Gram Show on WDEV
"Let me stop you there because I wanna I WANNA get a couple of these Jesse of Cynthia Steve Wright the Director of alcohol all drug abuse programs but the Vermont Prov has thoughts. That the this this this well one of the issues here is the the The vaping epidemic. Do from your from your knowledge of that issue. Is it true that we're seeing most of the illnesses in injury lung injuries injuries connected with vaping Further connected with THC vaping. Is that right. Yeah most of the patients report a history of using products containing fee Particularly those That they got from what we call informal sources friends and people on the street. That is true. So what are you matt. Seems to be making his argument. That if we had a regulated system mm-hmm. Let's take another drug and argue in a moment the alcohol drug even though in the title of your agency and in a lot of literature people cossery after we refer to quote unquote alcohol and drugs is if there's something different but but I- alcohol if you know if I go down to the liquor store in in my period where I live and I buy a bottle of of gin or whiskey or something. I have a pretty good sense of what's in there and I. I have a pretty good sense of the strength of liquid that I'm buying in this bottle and And one of the reasons for that is because we've had eighty or ninety years now of regulation of alcohol in Virata and elsewhere in the country and the whole industry is very tightly regulated and One of the most heavily regulated needed industries in the country really and Does that model make sense for cannabis. I think that it does For the same points that you just made without the regulation. We don't know what's in it. We can't control the potency of it. We can't control the access axes. We definitely do not children adolescents to have access to it even regulating how it's tested Whether that you know not letting The the businesses do their own testing that it should be done by an independent lab The packaging how do we regulate the packaging so that it isn't Desirable for children to look like candy. If it's going to be edible so we told the health department support the regulated system. I'm going to have a legal system in for Mont it needs to be regulated. The that's That's an interesting observation coming from someone at the health department itself because I mean and and it kind of makes sense because you after all I would think would be a as a health professional somebody who is fully supportive of the eye of really really solid labelling on food We we WANNA know what our ingredients are. We WanNA know. Make sure there aren't adulterating ingredients in whatever materials were. We're ingesting whether it's cannabis or alcohol or poor crackers you know And and so it does make sense. And that's that's that. That is interesting. Matt I I wanted to ask you about a couple of things about this industry One is that that There are are these folks out there who are making apparently vaping cartridges containing some sort of fluid or whatever that's making people sick What about the ethics and responsibility that what what should people know about about the quote unquote marijuana industry at this point? Yeah I'm I'm not sure I understand the question. I mean the the cannabis industry the legitimate license industry wants to be able to serve this market. which is a mini billion dollar market in the United States They want for the Americans who use Canada's to be able to access products that aren't going to kill them or put them in the hospital and you know the states that have regulated systems have been able to implement protocols make sure that there is in vitamin E acetate tape was identified by the. CDC recently is what's actually killing people and putting people in the hospital. Let me let me stop you there because I really want to nail down we. We've actually. That's the that's the. That's the bug right there. Vitamin E ACETATE. Well it's at least one of them. There's also finding high levels of pesticide in in these concentrates. And you know we know there is a high levels of pesticides in a lab tested cartridge in Massachusetts. regs are and all the way where they need to be yet they they they can update them because they have an agency that regulates Canada's production and sale. But if we don't have that what we have and leaflets has done some excellent investigative reporting into this but basically Chinese companies that used to make cheap plastic toys are now making cheap plastic vaporizer cartridges. That any business in the United States this can bike huge boxes of very cheaply and then fill them with their own whatever and they can buy their packaging. That looks halfway legitimate. It looks like something you might have bought in a store and and as soon as need education they need access to regulated products. It's the only way we can ever truly say that we're taking public. Health approach to cannabis. I'm Willie encouraged by your your guests previous comment. But let me let me go back to Xerox. As there's another issue connected with cannabis that I think is worth mentioning here and that. It is well actually before I do that because they they kind of tied together one more format which is mad. I I have a good friend. Who who enjoys smoking cannabis Ah Is actually tells me. He finds some relief from smoking cannabis not really in a medical context just for some paintings dealing with you know. He's getting older now. Any any any has some pain issues. And and boy the cannabis provides a nice relief but he says his quote is. It's way too strong these days. You know it's not like it's not like the the the reefer I used to smoke back in the seventies way you know and I would invite him to. I hear that all the time and invite him to visit a regulated store in Massachusetts or any other state where you can look at the menu and see what the THC level is in every single product the one if somebody is a daily consumer or medical patient. WHO's using large Jim Ounce? They're going to have a much higher tolerance than somebody who takes a puff every once in a while with alcohol. We have access to that wide range of products with cannabis. We don't unless we have access to the regulated market. which will if I it will provide for what consumers want to I guess as a store down in North Hampton traumatic right off? I ninety one little southborough if I I haven't been down there but if I go down there I'm going to be able to actually walk in there and and notice Something analogous to I know. There's a different alcohol alcohol content in beer than there is in whiskey right and some days some days I might WanNa go into gets a beer and other days. I don't want to go and get a bottle of whiskey and I know I sort of know what I'm getting into as I'd make that transaction same kind of deal next shop in Northampton. Yeah and you don't have to go all the way to North Hampton anymore and there's a store closer. I forget which town it's ended. Its it's eleven miles or so from Bennington. Okay so yeah absolutely and then you can punch it up online and look at it and you can see the various. THC walking walking. If I decided the products you can actually see the whole canal profile. Some people wanna have CD or they find that other can have annoyance. produce an improved experience for them. They're able to see that right on the label and it's not all about getting the most. THC possible there's a subset set of consumers that's interested in having much thc as possible but that's certainly not we're flexible of the overall market. Yeah Yeah that that's for sure and so and I do think that there are probably you know the industry is going to respond if it's smart and frankly responsible with a range of and a well labeled range. That's that that would seem to be the way to go here. If if this is going to unfold and it seems like it is unfolding as you describe it down in Massachusetts. We just have a a few minutes left to go and I do want to get into one other topic here. Particularly with Cynthia. See Right The Director of alcohol and Drug Abuse Programs at the Vermont Department. The health Cynthia There's been a lot of concern to the last couple of years especially as the stronger strains of marijuana have become More more so I mean I imagine. Correct me if I'm wrong but I mean that's my sense is that folks are coming out with some. There's there's at least one segment of the industry to sort of a contest or something for strength You start you know. I think that's been happening for decades and it was happening. In the most the increase in potency happened during prohibition when there was no regulated market whatsoever. Okay but let me go to the city. I understand Israel concerned about about mental health issues connected with heavy consumption of very high. THC Cannabis yes there. There are some concerns about that. But we've seen that it's not new. That's something that has been known about for a long time the exact correlation relation between The THC and Mental illness. I can't speak to that exactly. But we know that there is some mm correlation. I ended a stronger that the THC is The stronger the effects on your brain and your behavior. I I the Someone I love got into trouble this way in the last five or ten years or so and it was sad to see I gotta say you're you're so I I That's something close to to my own my own Situation Matt I gotTa are you GonNa be Talking to lawmakers again as they come back into session next month about about moving moving on a on a regulated marketplace yeah The bills still active at fifty four asked the Senate Twenty three to five last year earlier. This year I suppose IOS and The House leadership say they're they're going to bring it up early in January and and bring it to a vote which we don't know if the governor is going to be on board yet there are a lot of uh Questions yet to be answered but certainly is possible but not certain Vermont will move forward next year so we'll be having a State House Advocacy Advocacy Day. Kicking off on January ninth Asking people who care about this you show up in in my appeal year. And and Try to talk to some folks. Do you think that that you as we speak you for the health department. I gather you occasionally onto Mafia and testify. You'd be be advising lawmakers to say yes. We ought to have a a regulated tightly. Regulated Retail Market for cannabis in Vermont. So that people know what they're buying they know how much is in a given product we can control how it's delivered in terms of. Maybe it shouldn't be in edibles that look like candy bars or whatever That'd be something that you'll the advocating our commissioner Dr Mark Levin has the pleasure of being able to go to the State House and doing the testimony for the Health Department and our Deputy Commissioner Schnur. Kelly dougherty will be there as well and At at this point is like I said earlier. If we're going to have a legalized aced marijuana. In this state we will support the regulation of that. Okay we we kind of already do legalize marijuana in the state so this is kind kind of natural next step I guess it is. Yes all right. Well Carol Right of the Vermont Department of Health Thank you so much for joining me this morning. Good talking with you matt assignment. I'm glad you were able to jump in as well and always offer interesting perspective on this stuff. Also the two of you alright We are fast asked approaching the top of the hour here on the day Graham show. WD FM and am on this Monday. December the nine th two thousand and nineteen. I want to thank all of my guests mornings. Zander landon came in I offer digger dot org this morning and We had Steve Dorsey. CBS News joining us for a little bit there. And and then of course carol see right from the Department of Health and last minute addition Matt Simon All Make contributions to program today. Really appreciate it. Hey That's about it for our show. Stay tuned now. Commonsense radio with Bill Sayer. And we'll be back tomorrow morning with another addition of the day grab show ninety five beer. Ab Square.
"drug abuse" Discussed on The Dave Gram Show on WDEV
"Is like vitamin E acetate and those are causing serious health problems. We're not going to be able to solve this problem until we regulate the supply. Ching man let me. Let me stop you there because I wanna I WANNA get a couple of these Jesse of Cynthia Steve Wright the Director of alcohol all drug abuse programs but the Vermont Prov has thoughts. That the this this this well one of the issues here is the the The vaping epidemic. Do from your from your knowledge of that issue. Is it true that we're seeing most of the illnesses in injury lung injuries injuries connected with vaping Further connected with THC vaping. Is that right. Yeah most of the patients report a history of using products containing fee Particularly those That they got from what we call informal sources friends and people on the street. That is true. So what are you matt. Seems to be making his argument. That if we had a regulated system mm-hmm. Let's take another drug and argue in a moment. The alcohol is a drug even though in the title of Your Agency and in a lot of literature people cossery after we refer to quote unquote alcohol and drugs is if there's something different but but I- alcohol if you know if I go down to the liquor store in in my period where I live and I buy a bottle of of GIN or whiskey or something I have a pretty good sense of what's in there and I. I have a pretty good sense of the strength of liquid that I'm buying in this bottle and and one of the reasons for that is because we've had eighty or ninety years now of regulation of alcohol in Virata and elsewhere in the country and the whole industry is very tightly regulated and One of the most heavily regulated needed industries in the country really and Does that model make sense for cannabis. I think that it does For the same points that you just made without the regulation. We don't know what's in it. We can't control the potency of it. We can't control the access axes. We definitely do not children adolescents to have access to it even regulating how it's tested Whether that you know not letting The the businesses do their own testing that it should be done by an independent lab The packaging how do we regulate the packaging so that it isn't Desirable for children to look like candy. If it's going to be edible so we told the health department support the regulated system. We're going to have a legal system in for Mont it needs to be regulated. The that's That's an interesting observation coming from someone at the health department itself because I mean and and it kind of makes sense because you after all I would think would be a as a health professional somebody who is fully supportive of the eye of really really solid labelling on food We we WANNA know what our ingredients are. We WanNA know. Make sure there aren't adulterating ingredients in whatever materials were. We're ingesting whether it's cannabis or alcohol or poor crackers you know And and so it does make sense. And that's that's that. That is interesting. Matt I I wanted to ask you about a couple of things about this industry One is that that There are are these folks out there who are making apparently vaping cartridges containing some sort of fluid or whatever that's making people sick What about the ethics and responsibility that what what should people know about about the quote unquote marijuana industry at this point? Yeah I'm I'm not sure I understand the question. I mean the the cannabis industry the legitimate license industry wants to be able to serve this market. which is a many billion dollar market in the United States They want for the Americans who use Canada's to be able to access products that aren't going to kill them or put them in the hospital and you know the states that have regulated systems have been able to implement protocols make sure that there is in vitamin E acetate tape was identified by the. CDC recently is what's actually killing people and putting people in the hospital. Let me let me stop you there because I really want to nail down we. We've actually. That's the that's the. That's the bug right there. Vitamin E ACETATE. Well it's at least one of them. There's also finding high levels of pesticide in in these concentrates. And you know we know there is a high levels of pesticides in a lab tested cartridge in Massachusetts. regs are and all the way where they need to be yet they they they can update them because they have an agency that regulates Canada's production and sale. But if we don't have that what we have and leaflets has done some excellent investigative reporting into this but basically Chinese companies that used to make cheap plastic toys are now making cheap plastic vaporizer cartridges. That any business in the United States this can bike huge boxes of very cheaply and then filled them with their own whatever and they can buy their packaging. That looks halfway legitimate. It looks like something you might have bought in a store and and as soon as need education they need access to regulated products. It's the only way we can ever truly say that we're taking public. Health approach to cannabis. I'm Willie encouraged by your your guests previous comment. But let me let me go back to sit easy rakers. There's there's another issue connected with cannabis that I think is worth mentioning here and that it is well actually before I do that because they they kind of tied together one more format which is mad. I I have a good friend. Who who enjoys smoking? Cannabis Ah Is actually tells me. He finds some relief from smoking cannabis not really in a medical context just for some paintings dealing with you know. He's getting older now. Any any any has some pain issues. And and boy the cannabis provides a nice relief but he says his quote is. It's way too strong these days. You know it's not like it's not like the the the reefer I used to smoke back in the seventies way you know and I would invite him to. I hear that all the time and invite him to visit a regulated store in Massachusetts or any other state where you can look at the menu and see what the THC level is in every single product the one if somebody is a daily consumer or medical patient. WHO's using large Jim Ounce? They're going to have a much higher tolerance than somebody who takes a puff every once in a while with alcohol. We have access to that wide range of products with cannabis. We don't unless we have access to the regulated market. which will if I it will provide for what consumers want to I guess as a store down in North Hampton traumatic right off? I ninety one little southborough if I I haven't been down there but if I go down there I'm going to be able to actually walk in there and and notice Something analogous to I know. There's a different alcohol alcohol content in beer than there is in whiskey right and some days some days I might WanNa go into gets a beer and other days. I don't want to go and get a bottle of whiskey and I know I sort of know what I'm getting into as I'd make that transaction same kind of deal next shop in Northampton. Yeah and you don't have to go all the way to North Hampton anymore and there's a store closer. I forget which town it's ended. Its it's eleven miles or so from Bennington. Okay so yeah absolutely and then you can punch it up online and look at it and you can see the various. THC walking walking. If I decided the products you can actually see the whole canal way profile. Some people wanna have CD or they find that other can have annoyance. produce an improved experience for them. They're able to see that right on the label and it's not all about getting the most. THC possible there's a subset set of consumers that's interested in having much thc as possible but that's certainly not we're flexible of the overall market. Yeah Yeah that that's for sure and so and I do think that there are probably you know the industry is going to respond if it's smart and frankly responsible with a range of and a well labeled range. That's that that would seem to be the way to go here. If if this is going to unfold and it seems like it is unfolding as you describe it down in Massachusetts. We just have a a few minutes left to go and I do want to get into one other topic here. Particularly with Cynthia. See Right The Director of alcohol and Drug Abuse Programs at the Vermont Department. The health Cynthia There's been a lot of concern to the last couple of years especially as the stronger strains of marijuana have become More more so I mean I imagine. Correct me if I'm wrong but I mean that's my sense is that folks are coming out with some. There's there's at least one segment of the industry to sort of a contest or something for strength He started you know. I think that's been happening for decades and it was happening. In the most the increase in potency happened during prohibition when there was no regulated market whatsoever. Okay but let me go to the city. I understand Israel concerned about about mental health issues connected with heavy consumption of very high. THC Cannabis yes there. There are some concerns about that. But we've seen that it's not new. That's something that has been known about for a long time the exact correlation relation between The THC and Mental illness. I can't speak to that exactly. But we know that there is some mm correlation. I ended a stronger that the THC is The stronger the effects on your brain and your behavior. I I the Someone I love got into trouble this way in the last five or ten years or so and it was sad to see I gotta say you're so I I That's something close to to my own my own Situation Matt I gotTa are you GonNa be Talking to lawmakers again as they come back into session next month about about moving moving on a on a regulated marketplace yeah The bills still active at fifty four asked the Senate Twenty three to five last year earlier. This year I suppose IOS and The House leadership say they're they're going to bring it up early in January and and bring it to a vote which we don't know if the governor is going to be on board yet there are a lot of uh Questions yet to be answered but certainly is possible but not certain Vermont will move forward next year so we'll be having a State House Advocacy Advocacy Day. Kicking off on January ninth Asking people who care about this you show up in in my appeal year. And and Try to talk to some folks. Do you think that that you as we speak you for the health department. I gather you occasionally onto Mafia and testify. You'd be be advising lawmakers to say yes. We ought to have a a regulated tightly. Regulated Retail Market for cannabis in Vermont. So that people know what they're buying they know how much is in a given product we can control how it's delivered in terms of. Maybe it shouldn't be in edibles that look like candy bars or whatever. Well something that. You'll the advocating our commissioner Dr Mark Levin has the pleasure of being able to go to the State House and doing the testimony for the Health Department and our Deputy Commissioner Schnur. Kelly dougherty will be there as well and At at this point is like I said earlier. If we're going to have a legalized aced marijuana. In this state we will support the regulation of that. Okay we we kind of already do legalize marijuana in the state so this is kind kind of natural next step I guess it is. Yes all right. Well Carol Right of the Vermont Department of Health Thank you so much for joining me this morning. Good talking with you matt assignment. I'm glad you were able to jump in as well and always offer interesting perspective on this stuff. Also the two of you alright We are fast asked approaching the top of the hour here on the day Graham show. WD FM and am on this Monday. December the nine th two thousand and nineteen. I want to thank all of my guests mornings. Zander landon came in I offer digger dot org this morning and We had Steve Dorsey. CBS News joining us for a little bit there. And and then of course carol see right from the Department of Health and last minute addition Matt Simon All Make contributions to program today. Really appreciate it. Hey That's about it for our show. Stay tuned now. Commonsense radio with Bill Sayer. And we'll be back tomorrow morning with another addition of the day grab show ninety five beer. Ab Square.
"drug abuse" Discussed on The Dave Gram Show on WDEV
"And we are back As I promised Thomas before the break we are going to be Talking about alcohol and Drug Abuse in the state in the country at large really maybe the world at large large is a is a large problem. That is for sure and one of the people working in the Working to address it for I don't know exactly how long maybe we'll find out next. Few minutes is Cynthia seed right of ESA junction. She's director of the alcohol and Drug Abuse Programs at the Vermont Department of Health and Recently recently got a A very interesting sounding appointment to a federal panel looking at these same kinds of issues. I believe Cynthia Seabright is on the phone with us this morning. Good Morning. Good Morning Dave. Thank you for having me do it. Tell me. Tell me about your appointment. What did you? What's the panel? And what do they do. So this is the interdepartmental departmental substance use disorders coordinating committee and it took very long and it is required under under the Federal Support Act and that was an act that was passed a couple of years ago and this act funds a large. It's number of programs throughout the country. Addressing opioid addiction. The funds go into a number of federal agencies and then goes out to to the states so the purpose of this Coordinating Committee is to coordinate all of those resources and activities across all the federal agencies and the line the federal strategies with. What's going on in the states? Does that does that give him on a little bit of a leg up now to have a vermonter on this panel overseeing the distribution of these these funds. I hope so. That's yeah that's one of the reasons we're pretty excited about. Having a voice at the table we are a rural state which is different different than most of the states in the country. And we do have some of the special needs that come from that. Accessing Services Transportation and and also we've been a leader in how to address the OPIOID crisis and to have a voice at that table I think not only will benefit us but benefit other states. Yeah I know. Vermont is kind of famous for its hub-and-spoke system. Just for for instance and Tell us a little bit about that. And whether that is a wreck replicable in other replaces. Yeah it's a system that we created several years ago It was an opportunity. We had with a Medicaid waiver and it was a joint effort between the Medicaid Office and the health department's Division of alcohol and Drug Abuse Programs and we created a model That was a health home. Model title and and addressing The opioid addiction from the Lens of a chronic illness a chronic disease. And so it's it's a model where it's paid it differently than the rest of the services. Were we use the Medicaid dollars in a way that You gotTA bundled payment so people can provide a variety of services. People get really intensive services in one place and as they need less intensive services they can move out into primary care doctors offices to get services this model actually has been replicated or at least very similar to what Vermont is doing across the country over the past couple of years and using using the funding. That's coming out of the support. Acts States are setting up models that are very similar to Vermont and our staff here at eight up have traveled across the country in the past couple of years helping states to get this model up and running. How many states have adopted a now? Do you know I don't know. I know. Colorado definitely has because because they just presented at a national meeting. I think we have about At around four or more states. That are really close to the model New Hampshire. I am sure is doing something like it as well. They're pretty new at doing that. You know I I suppose. In some states you're gonNA have areas of the state where I sorta rural hub-and-spoke system might make sense and other areas of the state. I mean you think of a place like New York. Where obviously the New York Metro area? And then you have the and then and you have the you know the vast parts of the state that are adirondacks out in western New York state and so on so probably a blend in some of the larger states isn't it it is a blend. Yeah they they do they tweak. The model a little bit to meet the needs of the community so Part of the challenge can in areas can be having enough physicians who are willing to prescribe and take on the patients. So in the hub when you have the contract traces of individuals individuals and you have your doctor's right there but when they need to be sent out once they've stabilized. It's finding the doctors that are willing to take on. The number of patients fitter needed sometimes can be challenging especially in the rural areas. One of the things I wanted to ask you about because it seems to be coming back into the news. Media never really left the news completely but maybe the type size on the headlines is getting a little larger again and that cannabis and I guess the one of the you know. We've we've been reading about cannabis cannabis in connection with this VAPING epidemic vaping injury epidemic around the country And you know Vermont of course is going to be We have new alleged slave session coming up next month where Some folks under the Golden Dome or still talking about creating a retail system of some kind for sales of marijuana in Vermont. That would I gather be similar to what's already been going on places like Colorado and more recently Massachusetts What is the health department events stance on the idea of of retail sales of recreational cannabis in Vermont? Well I think this is this is. It's a controversial issue and we know that cannabis's addictive it's harmful and and We've done a health impact assessment that was put out a few years ago. We've updated it in two thousand seventeen and we're continuing to get more information. WE WE WANNA make sure that our treatment system is available to people who have a problem with cannabis who wants to stop cannabis so One of the things that we're we're doing and the alcohol and Drug Abuse Program is were making sure that our provider system is able to be available to people have the treatment services That are needed Out there and a couple of things have come to the fore with cannabis in in really in a couple of years. It's been well. I guess now a year and a half or so since Vermont actually legalize possession of up to an ounce of cannabis and And also the cultivation of small number of plants if I recall at a recall all the details of that law because it was a fairly dense piece of legislation but I I I'm wondering do you see the impact of cannabis in Vermont Is it is it has it. Has It lessened in that. Time has grown worse. Is it about the same. Or how do you feel just its overall role in the society. Where state has changed if at all the last eighteen months well we do get Data on the use of cannabis in Vermont and You know in our twenty eighteen data that we have right now. We do know that more than one. In ten women report using cannabis during Their most recent pregnancy. So we know that we have a problem there. We have Another data source that shows that twenty four percent of high school youth reported using cannabis in the past thirty days Let me stop you if I could ask you. Ask them about those two figures. But I'm really curious to know is kind of the impact of the limited legalisation to which Vermont has gone so far breath and so do we have any sense that if it's more than one in ten women have smoked cannabis during their last pregnancies out what she said Yes okay from the two thousand eighteen data. Yeah okay so maybe it's too soon to know really have current data on this or whatever but I'm I'm very curious to know Okay so so then we make this change in the law. Ah Does that make it go more than two in ten women smoking or do does it change it at all. Does it somehow make it go less. Who knows but you see what I mean I do you have? And we don't have that data yet. We are hopefully that they just going to be coming out very soon. The most recent data to see what that trend and what's happening In the use when across the state whether I noticed a few months ago I I don't know really whether any correlation has been made here but people of course one of the big stumbling blocks to even getting as far as the legislature did on legalization. Was this concern about road safety. Traffic accidents tied a to cannabis use basically. It looked like some of the road state road safety figures were were We were becoming markedly safer safer on our highways. They don't have the statistics easy for me to say in front of me but it looks like they were way down over the first year. So yeah I don't have the current data data on that We have been working with law enforcement across the state to look at. How are we going to measure that? What is the two of their? We're GONNA be able to to identify identify when someone's impaired what. How do you measure the impairment to say when someone is safe derive or not safe to drive when they're using any substance so that's going to be one of our challenges during the session is to figure out how to keep the public safe and I don't have the data In front let me to know about what the impact is currently on I. It's also I still. I'm frankly skeptical and I think that's just my nature. I was a longtime uh reporter in Vermont and the reporters ten by nature to be skeptical And I used to hear people say it's got to be a disastrous for road safety when we legalize marijuana and I and I would say well you know. I don't know if the I don't know if they'll be that direct correlation I just you know I'd I'd really I guess we'd need years. David really figured that out And maybe maybe would be Kinda interesting to learn from these these data indicating for some weird reason a significant decline in fatal traffic accidents at that. In fact is what is happening that well. Gee whiz there really isn't as much correlation as some people might have feared Not to say that being stone causes fewer traffic accidents or anything like that but just that maybe it it That the link that people have made between these issues is thinner than might have been evident at first glance or at least apparent at first glance. Let's put it that way and as I also wanted to I mentioned to Matt. Simon who is with the marijuana policy project that we we're GONNA be doing a segment and in that is actually called in He wasn't formally scheduled to guest here but I wanNA bring him in for medicines. He's on the phone Matt what's what's your read on this do you do you see anything. That's that's discernable yet from these this eighteen month experience. Good Morning Dave. Thanks for inviting me I haven't actually looked at the numbers Not Aware of any numbers. All I really know is what I hear from Vermont or is that I talked to and it certainly. It seems evident but there hasn't been a major change in life in Vermont People who are using canvas before are still using it With the change being that they're allowed to grow their own now where they weren't previously But what we're really trying to get to is a regulated market here so that we can actually address some of the concerns signs that that your other guest is that's brought up Having an unregulated system does nothing to keep marijuana away from kids it does nothing to educate Consumers Sumer. It does nothing to protect the health of consumers they don't know the the content of what they're consuming. I don't know whether it's five percent or twenty five percent. THC They don't know whether it's covered with molds or pesticides or heavy metals or who knows what and now we have the vape cartridges that are making people truly sick these You know people in their basement inter making concentrates and voting with center thickener is like vitamin E acetate and those are causing serious health problems. We're not going to be able to solve this problem until we regulate the supply. Ching man let me. Let me stop you there because I wanna I WANNA get a couple of these Jesse of Cynthia Steve Wright the Director of alcohol all drug abuse programs but the Vermont Prov has thoughts. That.
"drug abuse" Discussed on The Dave Gram Show on WDEV
"And we are back As I promised Thomas before the break we are going to be Talking about alcohol and Drug Abuse in the state in the country at large really maybe the world at large large is a is a large problem. That is for sure and one of the people working in the Working to address it for I don't know exactly how long maybe we'll find out next. Few minutes is Cynthia seed right of ESA junction. She's director of the alcohol and Drug Abuse Programs at the Vermont Department of Health and Recently recently got a A very interesting sounding appointment to a federal panel looking at these same kinds of issues. I believe Cynthia see right is on the phone with us this morning. Good Morning. Good Morning Dave. Thank you for having me do it. Tell me. Tell me about your appointment. What did you? What's the panel? And what do they do. So this is the interdepartmental departmental substance use disorders coordinating committee and it took very long and it is required under under the Federal Support Act and that was an act that was passed a couple of years ago and this act funds a large. It's number of programs throughout the country. Addressing opioid addiction. The funds go into a number of federal agencies and then goes out to to the states so the purpose of this Coordinating Committee is to coordinate all of those resources and activities across all the federal agencies and the line the federal strategies with. What's going on in the states? Does that does that give him on a little bit of a leg up now to have a vermonter on this panel overseeing the distribution of these these funds I hope so. That's yeah that's one of the reasons that we were pretty excited about. Having a voice at the table we are a rural state which is different different than most of the states in the country. And we do have some of the special needs that come from that accessing services transportation and and also we've been a leader in how to address the OPIOID crisis and to have a voice at that table I think not only will benefit us but benefit other states. Yeah I know. Vermont is kind of famous for its hub-and-spoke system. Just for for instance and Tell us a little bit about that. And whether that is a wreck replicable in other replaces. Yeah it's a system that we created several years ago It was an opportunity. We had with a Medicaid waiver and it was a joint effort between the Medicaid Office and the health department's Division of alcohol and Drug Abuse Programs and we created a model That was a health home. Model title and and addressing The opioid addiction from the Lens of a chronic illness a chronic disease. And so it's it's a model where it's paid it differently than the rest of the services. Were we use the Medicaid dollars in a way that You gotTA bundled payment so people can provide a variety of services. People get really intensive services in one place and as they need less intensive services they can move out into primary care doctors offices to get services this model actually has been replicated or at least very similar to what Vermont is doing across the country over the past couple of years and using using the funding. That's coming out of the support. Acts States are setting up models that are very similar to Vermont and our staff here at eight up have traveled across the country in the past couple of years helping states to get this model up and running. How many states have adopted a now? Do you know I don't know. I know. Colorado definitely has because because they just presented at a national meeting. I think we have about At around four or more states. That are really close to the model New Hampshire. I am sure is doing something like it as well. They're pretty new at doing that. You know I I suppose. In some states you're gonNA have areas of the state where I sorta rural hub-and-spoke system might make sense and other areas of the state. I mean you think of a place like New York. Where obviously the New York Metro area? And then you have the and then and you have the you know the vast parts of the state that are around axe out in western New York state and so on so probably a blend in some of the larger states isn't it it is a blend. Yeah they they do they tweak the bottle a little bit to meet the needs of the community so Part of the the challenge can in areas can be having enough physicians who are willing to prescribe and take on the patients. So in the hub when you have the contract traces of individuals individuals and you have your doctor's right there but when they need to be sent out once they've stabilized. It's finding the doctors that are willing to take on. The number of patients fitter needed sometimes can be challenging especially in the rural areas. One of the things I wanted to ask you about because it seems to be coming back into the news. Media never really left the news completely but maybe the type size on the headlines is getting a little larger again and that cannabis and I guess the one of the you know. We've we've been reading about cannabis cannabis in connection with this VAPING epidemic vaping injury epidemic around the country And you know Vermont of course is going to be We have new alleged slave session coming up next month where Some folks under the Golden Dome or still talking about creating a retail system of some kind for sales of marijuana in Vermont. That would I gather be similar to what's already been going on places like Colorado and more recently Massachusetts What is the health department events stance on the idea of of retail sales of recreational cannabis in Vermont? Well I think this is this is. It's a controversial issue and we know that cannabis's addictive it's harmful and and We've done a health impact assessment that was put out a few years ago. We've updated it in two thousand seventeen and we're continuing to get more information. WE WE WANNA make sure that our treatment system is available to people who have a problem with cannabis who wants to stop cannabis so One of the things that we're we're doing and the alcohol and Drug Abuse Program is were making sure that our provider system is able to be available to people have the treatment services That are needed Out there and a couple of things have come to the fore with cannabis in in really in a couple of years. It's been well. I guess now a year and a half or so since Vermont actually legalize possession of up to an ounce of cannabis and And also the cultivation of small number of plants if I recall at a recall all the details of that law because it was a fairly dense piece of legislation but I I I'm wondering do you see the impact of cannabis in Vermont Is it is it has it. Has It lessened in that. Time has grown worse. Is it about the same. Or how do you feel just its overall role in the society. Where state has changed if at all the last eighteen months well we do get Data on the use of cannabis in Vermont and You know in our twenty eighteen data that we have right now. We do know that more than one. In ten women report using cannabis during Their most recent pregnancy. So we know that we have a problem there. We have Another data source that shows that twenty four percent of high school youth reported using cannabis in the past thirty days Let me stop you if I could ask you. Ask them about those two figures. But I'm really curious to know is kind of the impact of the limited legalisation to which Vermont has gone so far breath and so do we have any sense that if it's more than one in ten women have smoked cannabis during their last pregnancies out what she said. Yes okay the two thousand eighteen data. Yeah okay so maybe it's too soon to know really have current data on this or whatever but I'm I'm very curious to know Okay so so then we make this change in the law. Ah Does that make it go more than two in ten women smoking or do does it change it at all. Does it somehow make it go less. Who knows but you see what I mean I do you have? And we don't have that data yet. We are hopefully that they just going to be coming out very soon. The most recent data to see what that trend and what's happening In the use when across the state whether I noticed a few months ago I I don't know really whether any correlation has been made here but people of course one of the big stumbling blocks to even getting as far as the legislature did on legalization. Was this concern about road safety. Traffic accidents tied a to cannabis use basically. It looked like some of the road state road safety figures were were We were becoming markedly safer safer on our highways. They don't have the statistics easy for me to say in front of me but it looks like they were way down over the first year. So yeah I don't have the current data data on that We have been working with law enforcement across the state to look at. How are we going to measure that? What is the two of their? We're GONNA be able to to identify identify when someone's impaired what. How do you measure the impairment to say when someone is safe derive or not safe to drive when they're using any substance so that's going to be one of our challenges during the session is to figure out how to keep the public safe and I don't have the data In front let me to know about what the impact is currently on I. It's also I still. I'm frankly skeptical and I think that's just my nature. I was a longtime uh reporter in Vermont and the reporters ten by nature to be skeptical And I used to hear people say it's got to be a disastrous for road safety when we legalize marijuana and I and I would say well you know. I don't know if the I don't know if they'll be that direct correlation I just you know I'd I'd really I guess we'd need years. David really figured that out And maybe maybe would be Kinda interesting to learn from these these data indicating for some weird reason a significant decline in fatal traffic accidents at that. In fact is what is happening that well. Gee whiz there really isn't as much correlation as some people might have feared Not to say that being stone causes fewer traffic accidents or anything like that but just that maybe it it That the link that people have made between these issues is thinner than might have been evident at first glance or at least apparent at first glance. Let's put it that way and as I also wanted to I mentioned to Matt. Simon who is with the marijuana policy project that we we're GONNA be doing a segment and in that is actually called in He wasn't formally scheduled to guest here but I wanNA bring him in for medicines. He's on the phone Matt what's what's your read on this do you do you see anything. That's that's discernable yet from these this eighteen month experience. Good Morning Dave. Thanks for inviting me I haven't actually looked at the numbers Not Aware of any numbers. All I really know is what I hear from Vermont or is that I talked to and it certainly. It seems evident but there hasn't been a major change in life in Vermont People were using canvas before are still using it With the change being that they're allowed to grow their own now where they weren't previously But what we're really trying to get to is a regulated market here so that we can actually address some of the concerns signs that that your other guest is that's brought up Having an unregulated system does nothing to keep marijuana away from kids it does nothing to educate Consumers Sumer. It does nothing to protect the health of consumers they don't know the the content of what they're consuming. I don't know whether it's five percent or twenty five percent. THC They don't know whether it's covered with molds or pesticides or heavy metals or who knows what and now we have the vape cartridges that are making people truly sick these You know people in their basement inter making concentrates and voting with center thickener is like vitamin E acetate and those are causing serious health problems. We're not going to be able to solve this problem until we regulate the supply. Ching man let me. Let me stop you there because I wanna I WANNA get a couple of these Jesse of Cynthia Steve Wright the Director of alcohol all drug abuse programs but the Vermont Prov has thoughts. That.
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"Am backing into our second hour. The show this morning and Going to be speaking very shortly with BELIEVE IT Steve Dorsey from a CBS. News we're getting into our regular ear One on one conversations with our CBS news friends. And that's a real valuable thing. I think we can bring here to WD EV FM and am. Get a little more laser focus on on some of the stories. They're covering down there. Of course I think we're GONNA be talking with Steve about the impeachment proceedings which are actually continuing today. The House Judiciary Committee is hearing from lawyers. About how the committee may wish to draft articles of impeachment directed at President Trump. The committee he was met last week on Wednesday and had a spirited set of testimonies from three lawyers Three law professors I should say representing Democrats won For the Republican membership of the of the House Committee of course the Republicans are in a minority here so they get a little bit less of an Edgier in just in terms of the way to the thing seems to be structured Bro- broken down and so on when things go over to the Senate. The House of course is expected to pass articles of impeachment over to the Senate when these articles reach the the Senate. They're they're going to be in a different world. It's going to the Senate as a Republican majority body of course and the The real question is going to come down onto will the will listen tire. proceeding I. I'm I'm hoping you know the senators. The senators actually taking extra oath as they beginning impeachment hearings to leave partisanship. There's a chip side and actually to right injustice under the law and We We we all have to hope for the best I guess and and and hope that That that extra oath that they take it at the beginning of these proceedings will be a reminder that it's not all about politics and the I I personally and I've said this on the radio numerous times previously if this Bernie Sanders had somehow gotten elected in two thousand sixteen eighteen in it com ca had committed many of these behaviors for which president trump is in trouble. These days I would be fully in support of Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton either one of them that they'd been elected in two thousand sixteen in and had behaved in this way if they had really Done sought to do Severe damage is still an open open question whether it all succeed but sought to do severe damage to the separation of powers the whole idea that the congress and the courts are co equal branches with the executive in our system of government. If they had done that I would be fully in support of removing eater sanders or Clinton from from from office and so. No one should be surprised when I'm thinking that This stuff is very very serious and probably needs to be concluded at some point with removed from office whether that whether that will happen here. I think frankly doubtful I think a lot of people see that doubtful because the final decision is probably going going to be made by the United States Senate and so we'll have to see what unfolds but Those are the stakes. It's I think it's a very very serious time. I am for our country and for Anybody to be able to say in ten twenty hundred years we can still rely on these structures of government. We all learned about in school. We have these coequal branches. Call the Congress and the executive branch and the courts and The all keep each other in check and balance and all that sort of good thing the president it has basically been taken the stance lately that he can do what he wants. Congress asked for witnesses to come up to Capitol Hill and and detail what they've been doing and the president can thumb his nose at that. Congress asked for Documents Demonstrate what the folks involved in his administration had been doing. He can thumb his nose at that in the view of the executive branch and You know if if if that's all okay with you then I I just want you to know that. That probably means we aren't GonNa have but does the traditional democracy that we used to have in this country for very much longer so as I say the stakes are really large and We're GONNA find Out I think a little bit about What's going to be happening with the With the impeachment proceedings in Washington is mentioned the House Judiciary Committee Meeting this morning to try to actually get some advice for the specific language might be in in the Articles impeachment let. Let's talk with Steve Dorsey from CBS News. About this. Steve how're you doing this morning. Get so Steve Film Am I. Am I getting this right. Roughly the basically the the job today is to start talking about. You know what should be in in what should be out on the articles of impeachment. Yeah that's a good point We will be hearing from lawyers who ordeal from one lawyer for the Democrats who will outline the case for impeachment. That Democrats have built up in. This will go And help guide. The the Democratic Leads Committee this year a committee to begin drafting right in and finalizing articles of impeachment charges against the President or two will be hearing. I'm from Republicans as well today. He'll will try to refute that That case and these articles are allegedly gonNA be drafted drafted up within the next couple of weeks and potentially voted on by around. I guess the twenty-first or so. Yeah that's the that's the goal But it will Really come down to the clock because Democrats also have to deal with funding the government with a deadly thing so oh The clock will be picking a so. It's possible they could be this late next week as they Leave jet fumes in their wake to get home to their districts for the Christmas miss and New Year recess. Yeah it's GonNa be it's gotTa be pretty tight a lot of times this time of year that you see Congress doing Rather amazing an unusual things things to try to get their work their work that they've been putting off all your Done in in Type Award Sort of a holiday end of year deadline and that kind of thing but this of course adds is this extra layer of this giant extra layer of impeachment considerations here now I saw some speculation the other day that I can't put my finger exactly where this came from but I bet you you've heard it that it would be possible for the Democrats if they wanted to in the house. I mean to Actually draft up articles of impeachment. Even pass ask them on the House floor but it takes a separate vote. Actually that then transmit them to the Senate correct. Yeah this is this is true So there's a lot of of Layer still to get through this impeachment probe and we'll be learning more about that in the next few weeks and the It would it be possible for the Democrats to you kind of start developing. I don't know a shelf of a shelf of of articles of impeachment where we're going to put these by in the canning jars so to speak. Yeah I mean I think the shooting High Democrats for several articles of impeachment including obstruction N- including abuse of power and and that Allow some moderate Democrats perhaps according to some political analysts to vote against some of these articles of impeachment a while still advancing impeachment against the president into the Senate but Help with their own reelection focuses and and could it say you know they've they've been trying to get the people got pompeo and Bolton and Mulvaney and even Guiliani Liani come come testify in the president of course has been putting them down in that and saying not happening I imagine a scenario where the Democrats are sort of. Maybe every week or so adding another article of impeachment depending on what they've been through and so on it kind of ratcheting up the pressure of the president and saying Mr President WHOA you want us to get this done? You say you WANNA fast procedure you WANNA quickly over to the Senate so the Senate and go ahead and exonerate you. The the quicker you give us Bolton the quicker you give us on pay in quickey. Give us Giuliani the quicker. This is going to go Yes but I think The president has made clear. He's not gonNA cooperate at all with with the house. Think the House realizes they're not he's not going to cooperate so they want us. Witnesses like Bolton The best chance I I think for that is Democrats in the Senate however they have to give up some of their own witnesses. Witnesses including Hunter Biden Joe Biden perhaps the whistle blower And those are all key Pieces of the chessboard. That I I don't think Democrats easily. I believe that. That is an interesting facet of this thing. Of course although my own sense of this thing I mean we'll see what the what the Inspector General reports today we'll see what Mister Durham up in Connecticut finally reports in a week or two when when he produces his his statement to back to William Bar what he's found in his investigation of this allegation that There was a lot of nefarious dealings at the beginning of the Russia investigation. Those those two people have been looking into that allegation. Horowitz and Durham so our Durham. Come back and they say Wasn't beautiful but it wasn't wasn't a criminal uglier anything really. It was sort of math so now we have now. We're back to it. Looks like if you stand up the Bolton versus Hundred Biden I'm thinking I want that Bolton Chesapeake more than one hundred just based on yeah it's it's true And that's a calculation. I think Democrats have to work through and it's a calculation that I think could be very divisive for the party at a time when the party under Nancy Pelosi needs to be United according to our strategy what'll what'll be the dissension in the democratic ranks about. Well I mean listen. You've got a progressive wing who who is backing candidates on the presidential trail lake Bernie Sanders Yeah And then you have. More moderates longtime allies of Joe Biden and his presidency agency. Who worry that calling? Hunter Biden and calling Joe Biden to testify. Could be a distraction. Validate some of the president's concerns and could hurt his reelection camp or it is a presidential election campaign and those are all factors. I think Democrats trying to consider. Wow lots of lots of different hooks here. Steve Dorsey thank. He's so much for joining me this morning. It's good chatting with you talk to you all right. Hey that's going to have to do.
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"I question his sort of stick to it of nece in and his sincerity when sally pulse out of Syria and leaves these Christian Kurds to twist in the wind over there but That's another issue I I do think that that this president however is Really using using his alleged of failty two Christian principles and we ended his connections with people of Christian faith In in quite a cynical way I I just I don't find. I can't really find that much that he does that is in keeping with the Gospels of of Christianity. If you look at if you look at Matthew you'll get the beatitudes you look into the New Testament in general. I think you would find a lots of places where just one line from the scripture of the sticks sticks with me a lot is the I I was a stranger and you took me in and you've got to square that with the current immigration policy putting kids in cages. I mean is that Christian. Well well if I may. The the president really shouldn't be promoting any particular views of religion imposing them out of the American people are visitors to our country. What I'm saying is that he in a general principle? He's the first president that's gotten in front of the United Nations and said that thrown out this eighty percent figuring saying eighty percent of the world's population. Listen live in places where they are not free to practice their religion without endangering their lives and that eighty percent figures. Kinda scary when you get right down to it. So he's not and he. He has mentioned we guards and Christians and Buddhists and Hindus as being depending on where they live being oppressed. So I mean he's not really picking and choosing a particular religion. He is in a general sense promoting the concept of religious freedom in a in a way that is greater than I can think of any president in history promoting. US The president should really I mean in terms of religious freedom. One last thing you mentioned that Obama had been deified or whatever by people in the media. Can you cite me anything I can. It's a general sense. I mean just since you brought it up. I'm not really thinking that anybody now is defying. I know there have been a few I names. I named you. Nikki Nikki Haley. Graham Rick Perry. That's in the past week. Okay there there are three famous nationally known people in the past week. Can you need three famous nationally. Known people in the entire eight years of the Obama Administration who claim that Obama was ordained by God to be president specifically there. It was a sense of of rich. Thanks again and some other callers coming thank you very much. Let's go to Jim and Barry Town. Yep Hey Dave hey listen when I graduated from spaulding high school back in the seventies and I went off to a Bible College to become a minister in Washington. DC Yup and I studied the scriptures extensively now why This be an anti Christ or not that big. According to the book renovation could could you incur trump. Yeah you know I I don't I'M NOT A. I'm not a scholar of religion. I I will fast that up right off the bat Mr Nasa Vera who raised these columns apparently is in the Times Argus in Rutland Herald. Well worth reading. I don't know if you read them but but man he do all the time. Very interesting writer You know I went to work with no when I went to Bible. College after graduating from spalding in the seventies got kicked off the campus because I started a Christian rock and roll band the Christie rocks are big thing. I was here so well. Yeah Hey and by the way you may not recognize my voice but Do you remember played against Sam when it burned down. I do and you were at the The in concert. And you lost your kid I do. I remember that as well Paulius Accordion. Oh okay well. It's amazing the connections we make through this show. It's a small community around here and I really appreciate how much it's a great show. Thank you so much to everyone. Caboose from Essex was waiting bruce. I helped you sticking around are you. I'm on I'm on. Thanks Dave very courageous. Bring up the subject on the air As you know I have long background in politics but I don't consider myself an expert. There are ever since I said. Donald Trump will never be president United States. But I also have a masters in Graduate Theology from St. Mike's I'm not an expert there either but I remember I had was asked to do a sermon at a Lutheran Church and I was asked to talk about the prophets and there were profit to serve the court the king's of of Israel and They made money from it. They got favors because they told the court with the court wanted to hear. And then there were the prophets like Amos Amos and others who are outside the mainstream and Were challenging and one of the things that the books I read settled way to determine determine the truth prophecy are not as time and also were those being Making a false prophecy in the employee of the court. Well I look at Haley. I look at Franklin Graham. I look at Rick Perry. They all have something to gain by peddling what I consider to be this blasphemy. I mean how today now I mean I always when someone comes to me with a great deal of certain day about something I said well God right handed or left handed does he. He or she had blue eyes. And so you always have another point of view. You always have something you can find in scripture whether it's the Hebrew Testament or for the Christian Testament to defend a point of view but there are certain tasks that you have to do and you have to divorce yourself from your own personal personal gain so there you go. Yeah I I suspect. You're right Bruce to Try to broaden the discussion here a little bit because because it is and you know you could even stretch it up beyond the Judea Judeo Christian tradition. I always loved the line from the Bahgdad Gita the Hindu due scripture about There are many many has up the mountain. The faith and absolutely and and I've heard people add commentary to that indicating that but when you get a top view is pretty similar. It's so or the guy who who scaled the mountain to see a wise man and he said uh he said what's the secret to life and the Wiseman said well. It's a banana and watch. You don't know I get no we you get unexpected answers. When we look for Gurus we also have to look inside ourselves and we have to look at our level of tolerance? Because that's what it's all about eventually. That's what it's all about eventually. Hope not just eventually but I hope real soon a bruce. Thank you for the call. That's a really a great way. I think the tie up this segment here on the Dave Graham show. WD Ev FM and am. We're going to be going to a top of the hour..
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"Around downtown. Montpellier it's kind of weird in this period of ladder on November and December. When when a lot of committees start meeting and get ready? You know sort of okay. What are we going to be meeting about when we finally meet and that sort of thing kind of meeting about the upcoming meeting I always say and and Zander One of the things that we're getting into this age sort of perennial issues here. We have Family paid family leave. We have the minimum wage tax and regulate Marijuana or cannabis I guess is the proper term these days Let's let's start with that last one there because it sounded like an interesting conversation Russian but it over the weekend with a key person. Yes so this bill. A bill that would basically legalize the recreational market for for marijuana has passed asked the Senate in the last five years. I think five different times so the Senate last year after. We've already legalized the possession and small-time time cultivation of of marijuana passed a bill to make make it legal for for Dispensaries or other institutions stores ores to to sell it. We can't you know right now. We can't we can't legally Sell Marijuana in this state so they pass that bill and now it's in in house and the House bill pretty early last year in the session I think somewhere midway through and didn't do a ton of work on the bill. Well maybe that's not fair. They did do a ton of work they they were sort of hammering out the details of the bill but couldn't get over the finish line and part that is because House Speaker Mitzi Johnson and some others You know this for them has never been a top priority. It has never been Like it has in the Senate a a real. There's never been a real urgency for them to legalise cannabis market in the state of Vermont. There are some concerns That House Oh speaker. Mitzi Johnson has about You know what this would do In terms of roadside safety They're being a need to make major investments in in educational programs about drug prevention. If we're also going to legalize a market so she's been very concerned and other house members have been very concerned about getting the details of this bill right in their view whereas the Senate is much less cautious. They're ready to go and they have been for years to legalize drug Sorry in marijuana sales in the state of Vermont and in my conversation with the speaker on this over the weekend she basically said that she's not going to say this has to get done this year. He's not going to say you have to move the bill and get this done. She's only GonNa say that at the point when she feels comfortable with the policy and she has has concerns about the safety aspects of this. She also mentioned that she has concerns about what this could do to the environment in Vermont. she's pointing to Colorado and other states where you had major large scale grow operations and companies come in and sort of do a lot of damage to the environment just based on the energy costs and the and the I believe also water usage at these these Agricultural operations that grow cannabis and she said she's very concerned about quote unquote big marijuana coming into the state. So she's indicating she's signaling a lot of concerns which which you know? May you know. Make it hard to pass this bill now. This year the House Democratic Other House Democratic leaders have said. It's it's a real priority to get this done. We gotta do it in two thousand twenty. We're not hearing that from her. Is I mean is a speaker actually opposed in just sort of coming up with new reasons every couple of weeks for before tapping the brakes or is she. Is this really a trying to gauge. You know kind of the sincerity very level and also just the And if she is opposed. Why didn't she just come out? And say I think this is a dumb idea and and you know. We'll consider it if you can meet the following in hurdles and by the way. I don't expect to be met anytime well you know she says if the policies right and we can get six. I'm sorry seventy six votes. which is the minimum you'd need to pass it I'm fine with it. But she at the same time says I think the word she says. I've never been crazy about this. I've never been crazy easy about this It's not something that you know. I think if it were up to her alone would pass the steer but I think she's willing to shepherd through the process as long as it meets these criteria for her That are important important. But no she's not I don't think she's I wouldn't call her a proponent of or a at least a Someone who's embracing this this change. I think she was happy to go along with what we did. Two years ago in the state which is just legalizing it in general but not legalizing market. Yeah I mean my my impression is definitely that. She's she's I don't WanNA use the phrase not high on cannabis. I mean. She just doesn't really make her happy to think about this issue now and you know she she. Her in the governor have a lot of the same You know it's. It's a very similar position on the ticket to leave it. Mostly leave it and mostly leave. We have to do it do it do it. X X Y and Z. Well yeah well I I I think there is some genuine enthusiasm though among her senior lieutenants in house yes and And then a the question is of course you know To what degree is she susceptible to being Shall we say brought along. Yeah and I think you know I I spoke with House Majority Leader Jill crew in Ski. This past weekend is well-known. She said. You know we're GONNA GET WE'RE GONNA pay. We're going to bring a bill to the floor. She would say we're GONNA pass it. She said we're GONNA bring it to the floor of this year is a guarantee. We're going to do that. Okay she wants I think she wants it done. She said last year back in May when the bill was clearly not gonNa make it she said and listen I. I'm I'm seeing hearing just in sort of natural environment. This thing is now developing through there there is there. Is this sort of break tapping going on or or questions. I mean one of them is the fact that in this whole Concerned about about a national epidemic of vaping. The injuries most of the vaping injuries are if not nearly all of them are are are connected with the consumption like posed to the as opposed to the you know the flavor of nicotine and And that's gotta be. That's gotTa be raising concerns because I think the vision of a lot of folks who as of a couple years ago was that vaping. THC She was going to be the new incoming thing. And you're going to go down to the little retail outlet in your local Refir- Store and buy your vapor. You're you're you're you're for a beeping device in your your material to loaded with and all the rest of it happened to go happily on your way That all of a sudden has really come into question with this little health problem. Oh Yeah and We're we're we're certainly GONNA see in response to this It would be. I would be very shocked. We didn't see enacted in twenty twenty a ban on some vaping products Certainly you know the likely Product will be flavored these cigarette product. And we've already. We've seen the governor indicate that he would support that we have lawmakers in the Senate and the House saying that they're going to do that and then we also you know it's it's going to be interesting to see to what extent this will ply were lawmakers were GonNa WanNa look into banning or restricting the use of THC Vapes as well. Because you're right I mean that's the CDC and others are saying that the majority of the illnesses that have been linked to vaping the are vaping of Tse Right Oiler and then you get into this morass of well. Is that really the black market talking in places where I remember New York Times story a couple of months ago about a couple of young men and Wisconsin who were huge manufacturers apparently of these vaping cartridges that are used and and they were using a material. I guess that has been linked to these problems And the question is. Can the industry itself respond in a way become come up with a new technique or materials. That won't cause these problems and and But boy what a black guy coming out of the gate for that if you WANNA create a new industry. Devoted to manufacturing thing in selling vape cannabis You Are you're stock. Just went down in a big in a big ugly way so You know that all plays out at the same time. We have the sort of more standard and traditional fights in the in the State House about Can we actually Make make Meet the concerns that we hear pop up you know highway safety issue and remeasure et Cetera Cetera. Hey.
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"From Radio Vermont. It's the Dave Graham show on. WD It's your show about the people places and the issues that matter the most you. Now here's your host Dave. Graham Good morning reminded. He's Monday the ninth of December two thousand and nineteen and so happy to have you with us this morning. We got a good show lineup for you. I think we're going to be talking with Zander. Landon he is Politics and Really a little bit of everything sometimes reporter for take digger dot Org and he's GonNa fill in on some recent news developments in Vermont Later on we're going to have a guest from the Vermont Department of Health coming by and talking to us about joining a national panel on the On the problem of drug abuse and alcohol abuse in America Arca Although I I should buy together really hits always bugged me that people say alcohol and drugs. It's alcohol as a drug folks. I don't know if you've noticed that having consumed any of it recently certainly but it It is definitely there and so we're going to be talking about addiction and what the federal government is going to be doing about addiction. And how well that meshes with. What the state government is doing in the latter our of the programs morning a little bit In the second part of this first hour I'm going to actually fly solo for just a bit. Maybe take some phone calls. But I have a real question about the question of Divine right of kings. This all of a sudden is becoming a popular thing. These days were hearing We we we are hearing People Franklin Graham and Rick Perry and others even Nikki Haley talking about how President trump may be in office ordained deigned thereby God. And what does that mean for our democracy and can that really be so and we need to pay any attention to that and et Cetera We're talking about that. There was a fascinating essay over the weekend by terrific writer named John NASA era. He's a regular columnists these days in the time. Dr Jefferson Rutland Herald and he writes frequently on the role of religion in public life. And so on. And so I like the NASA veras writing and and Just thought we dig into his essay this weekend. Unfortunately he tells me he's not not a big fan of coming on the radio to talk about stuff so that didn't seem to be a possibility here but we're going to be We're we're GONNA talk about it anyway. So that's the that's the that's the deal here this morning on this as we kick off the week here just a couple of weeks before Christmas. Can you believe it folks. While time he's flying and anyway one of the year right designer landon is right here in the studio with me this morning and warnings entertainment having in Good Morning. Thanks for having me Zander You had a really interesting story the the other day in Vitae Dot Org about the Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles Making some money off of this sale of drivers and car Reggie Regal registrants personal data was going on yes. This is a practice. That's pretty common across the country. But I was able to get some documents and records that showed the extent to which it's happening in Vermont and basically what's going on is that the DMV has access to you know a pretty broad and sweeping cache of personal final information about all of the drivers in the state. Obviously you know when you sign up for vehicle registration or you get your license. You're you're giving the state a bunch of of information about yourself about your vehicle and that information Is for sale something that the department can sell under federal law without the consent of citizens that give that information to the state so this has been something that's been going on for years and like I said it goes is on another states but basically I was able to get my hands on a record that show that there were seven hundred GOVERNMENT AGENCIES COMPANIES UH-HUH and private entities. That have been authorized to either buy or receive personal information about drivers over the last fifteen years And you know a lot of these companies are insurance earns companies who are sort of under federal law required to be able to buy that information Then there are you know a handful of out of state corporations that are using this information for for a variety of reasons and one piece that I was interested in is that there are about fifty private investigation firms that were authorized. Bryce to receive information from from the DMV. They use it over the course of their work and investigations You know that going on associated with court cases civil and criminal court cases And after the story came out the governor actually said that he didn't want private investigators to receive this information anymore and he actually told the DMV to stop that As the state reviews the practice holistically as made a lot of money it's been about fifteen million dollars over the last four years from selling information information fifty million dollars over four years. That is giving you enough amount of money that I have to ask if the V. were to stop this were they see a big hole all suddenly in their budget that they would have to fill with say rising Raising your annual license and registration fee. I imagine it would create some problems. I don't know I I don't know how much they rely or pad their budget with the revenue from this program but You know in the state of Vermont. Four million dollars a year. is a lot of money to just all of a sudden cut off. I don't think that there's any plans to stop this Practice anytime soon as I said. It's it's really really Something that's mandated In some parts in some ways Under federal law especially with insurance companies and some larger trucking companies that sort of use the information to conduct background checks on employees for example. But then on this list as well there are a lot of small businesses in Vermont that use it also presumably early to be doing background checks on employees You know this information That you can get it sound only about you know where you live and You know your date of birth etc.. It's also about the vehicles that you own it has it has your entire you. These companies can in some instances can access your entire. You're driving records so if you have any points against your license if you've been stopped for traffic violations in some cases criminal records if you have a criminal record that sort of has a nexus sister your driving history. That's also something that can be Either given by or purchased by some given to purchase by someone I'm you know seeking it. Two four four one seven seven seven is a local number here in Waterbury one eight seven seven to nine one eight two five five listeners out there are you comfortable with the idea of the Department of motor vehicles selling off your information to private companies which May want it for some legitimate reasons may may want it to to Keep track of How they should price say the sale of automobile insurance in Vermont or any number of other things that would be difficult called for for us to think? I've offered how our heads. Frankly I think is is lay people who are not involved in the business but You know I think they're always concerned about the about a privacy and in his big brother Invading our privacy and then and then giving away or selling too much of information that we thought would have been private maybe some stuff that we are not automatically medically proud of it. I mean when when one question. I had There are some when I saw reference in story to the potential forte a criminal conviction to be Included in the information that he envies giving out about people I said well. If it's a traffic offense I sort of get get that I. Because they're going to have a record of that if they're giving it if they're selling off these records well that's a Dav record what if it is something completely different. I don't know you got busted for growing marijuana. I think the information that they have that's related to Once criminal history is pretty limited to charges convictions. That would have a bearing on one's ability to drive in the state so it wouldn't necessarily be a few few took part in an a burglary and were or whatever. I don't think that shows up. I think it's you know if you're it's obviously you know. Dwi's or another you know. Charges related to driving would have a bearing on your ability your privilege as as a resident of the state to be driving here. Yeah I actually think that is a An important question there in the in if in fact the if in fact the They are collecting even criminal. Records not related to driving. I really have to ask why I mean. Why is that now? One thing I wanted to clarify also is the other day Understand Governor Scott came out and said effectively. If I understand this right declared a moratorium on some of these practices. What did that cover? Yeah it was specifically aimed the private investigators who like I said have been you know as a practice able to receive this information usually without actually paying for it usually they private investigators can actually receive it without a fee for the last twenty years or so The governor said he had concerns about that and has stopped it And then you know also there are some lawmakers now who are saying that they wanna you know they're planning on proposing legislation and twenty twenty that would restrict this practices well but for right now. Private investigators cannot receive this information anymore. and a lot of them are pushing back and say that it's really important for them to be able to access this information And they're really only using it in the cases You know when when when they're when they're conducting investigations that are connected to real ongoing cases in court civil or criminal court and they need it and that they should be able to access the same information that law enforcement have access to when they conduct their investigations that it's only a matter of fairness a lot of times private. Investigators for example will be working on behalf of public defenders So they say you know this is really an issue of you know Equal access in the criminal justice system. That is a fascinating question. I think I think Vermont has ought to be interested in weighing in about this really and letting their state officials know what what they feel about this. Maybe this is okay and everybody sort of expects that Your whatever was thought about our privacy has been diminished and And that's just the way the world works these days. I I don't know exactly. We are going to WHO Chat a little bit about the upcoming legislative session because it it is coming right up folks. It's kind of amazing what we are into the shoot here the the legislature stories already You see the parking lots fill up already..
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