PRESIDENT SIGNED INTO LAW…

ANOTHER GOOD THING PRES. TRUMP HAS DONE:

WE HAVE AN OPIOID EPIDEMIC.. I EXPECT EVERYONE KNOWS THAT BY NOW?

HOW ARE OFFICIALS RESPONDING TO THE CRISIS? According to an article by AARP Mag. The Dept of Health and Human Services is administering nearly a billion dollars in grants over the next two years to states and territories for prevention programs, treatment and training for health professionals. Meanwhile, 46 states now have caps on the quantity of opioid drugs that a Medicaid patient can receive, and 42 states have established medical criteria that a person must meet before getting a prescription through Medicaid. (Hopefully some of these grants will be used to help working and retired persons that make and pay the taxes in the country(my thought). PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS CREATED A COMMISSION ON DRUG ADDICTION, HEADED BY NEW JERSEY GOV. CHRIS CHRISTIE, TO STUDY THE ISSUE. AND CONGRESS PASSED LEGISLATION IN 2016 TO AID THOSE STRUGGLING WITH PAIN AND ADDICTION.

WHAT ARE OPIOIDS? Opioids are powerful drugs that act on the nervous system to relieve pain. Traditionally these drugs have been used by people who are recovering from surgery or coping with highly painful diseases or injuries. Opioids are narcotics, meaning they affect your mood or behavior and can cause drowsiness.  They work by attaching to receptors in the brain and other areas of the body, inhibiting the transmission of pain signals. Opioids can also create a sense of euphoria, and they are highly addictive.  Opioids are related to opium, Modern factory produced opioids are only slightly different in chemical makeup from the opiates derived from opium poppy flowers. The mood-altering effects of opium have been know for centuries.

WHY IS THIS AN EPIDEMIC?

Prescription opioids were initially administered primarily for short term bouts of pain. But starting in the 1990’s doctors began to prescribe them more to treat chronic pain. Long-term use led to higher levels of addiction and overdoses among wide swaths of the population. Since 1999 the number of overdose deaths that were attributed to opioid misuse has quadrupled. About half of those deaths in 2015 were from prescription opioid drugs.

NOTE: according to this article, BECAUSE people over 50 tend to have more pain, they seem to be more susceptible to opioid drug overdoses.  In 2015, 22,598 Americans dies from prescription opioid overdoses, according to data collected by the Kaiser Family Foundation. Maine rated 6th in the list of states that had the highest rates of death per 100,000 residents with 16.3%.  1. W. VA 28.9; 2 New Hamp. 28.0; 3 Rhode Isl. 19.8; 4.Mass. 17.0; 5 Ohio 16.4;  6 Maine 16.3; 7 Kentucky 15.3; 8 Utah 15.1; 9. Tenn. 13.1; 10. Maryland 12.2.

In my opinion it is high time doctors fine non-addictive drugs to alleviate pain. Also, the doctors and the adds need to stop telling us we can live pain free. The fact is pain is part of life.  We can offer pain up to God for other suffering people or for people in Purgatory When I was growing up adults used to tell us when we complained about minor things, “offer it up”. Perhaps we should get back to that?

 

 

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HOW DO WE RESPOND TO SUFFERING?

When I was young, one of the things Catholics used to say when we had pain or were ill was: “OFFER IT UP”.  I hadn’t heard it for years until a few years ago, when I read or heard someone say, “OFFER UP YOUR PAIN AND SUFFERING AS A PRAYER FOR OTHERS WHO HAVE THE SAME ILLNESSES.” Simply tell Jesus that you are offering your suffering up for someone one else.”  It made sense to me then and still does, at least the pain and suffering I am going through is not wasted if it is used as a prayer.  I remembered this through breast cancer and then later as I went and am still going through heart problems. Did it make the pain and suffering any easier, it still was bad, but at least it served as a prayer.

I have since read and heard this several times in Christian Magazines and the Presence Radio.  I read that you could use suffering as a prayer, not only for other people, but for souls stuck in Purgatory and to help atone for sins being committed in the world and prayer for Peace in the world. Then I came across this article by Rev. Andrew Apostoli, CFR in the SOUL MAGAZINE, a publication of the World Apostolate of Fatima. In one of the chapters he wrote:

HOW DO YOU RESPOND TO SUFFERING?

The second time the Angel appeared to Lucia and the other children of Portugal at Fatima he encouraged the children, “Above all, accept and bear with submission, the suffering which the Lord will send you.” Everyone has suffering of one kind or another in life. This is what Jesus taught in the Gospel to be His disciple, namely, that we must deny ourselves (these are our sacrifices). take up our crosses each day (these are our sufferings, even if just carrying out our daily duties), an follow Me (these are our efforts to imitate Christ each day). (cf Mt 16:24). ………………………………….

HOW DO WE HANDLE SUFFERING?

I has been said that suffering can make a person either better or bitter. It makes us better when we see it as coming from God and are willing to accept it from Him. Many lessons in life come through suffering especially the building of character and the strength of enduring with perseverance.  On the other hand, we know that suffering can make people bitter. This happens when they resent them and refuse to accept them. Many people become angry at God when crosses come their way. They resent it because these sufferings take away their ability to live a happy life according to their own hopes and desires. Yet it is only when we embrace the cross in our hearts that we find the peace that comes in doing God’s will, even in adversity. In our Christian faith the cross is no longer a tragedy; God turned it into a source of blessings and eternal happiness. The Angel would encourage us to accept our sufferings with patience and trust. Abundant fruits will follow!

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Remember folks, offer your pain, disappointments, sufferings, and hurts up to Jesus as a prayer, He has a plan for you. Ask Him to be with you and to give you the strength to make it through the tough times, and be sure to thank him for the good times. Thank Him for the things He has given you and the good people He has put in your life. Be sure to tell Him you love Him, as he love you, no mater what.