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!! OMG, WATCH: John Oliver takes on America’s opioid addiction !!

Did you know that over more than 2.6 million Americans were addicted to opioids in 2015?

“These pills are getting used or falling into the hands of others – from those who are already addicted to just bored teenagers.” says Oliver.

“A nuanced discussion between the medical community about the complexities of brain treatment is clearly important. [The] problem is: that discussion became dominated by the pharmaceutical industry, who started amplifying the message that opioids should not just be used for acute pain — from that of cancer or surgery — but all sorts of pain, like arthritis and backaches.”

“One of Purdue’s doctors in charge of marketing the drug, said that the problem with the perception that people are addicted is that it’s just “relief seeking behavior mistaken as drug addiction.”

“Wow, that is so convenient. That is like Chipotle going, ‘Have you heard of this fascinating new thing called pseudo-diarrhea? It looks a lot like diarrhea but it’s not diarrhea and the cure may actually be more tacos.”

Thoughts? Do you know someone who’s been hooked on the prescriptions?

[vai towleroad]

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!! OMG, quote of the day: Amanda Seyfried talks having OCD and medicating long-term !!

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“Yeah. I’m on Lexapro, and I’ll never get off of it. I’ve been on it since I was 19, so 11 years. I’m on the lowest dose. I don’t see the point of getting off of it. Whether it’s placebo or not, I don’t want to risk it. And what are you fighting against? Just the stigma of using a tool? A mental illness is a thing that people cast in a different category [from other illnesses], but I don’t think it is. It should be taken as seriously as anything else. You don’t see the mental illness: It’s not a mass; it’s not a cyst. But it’s there.”

– Actress Amanda Seyfried on her diagnosed OCD, and the fact that she’s been on Lexapro for 11 years and that’s not something she’s ashamed of.

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!! OMG, this Ontario baby Jesus statue had it’s head replaced after being vandalized, and it looks like THIS !!

YASSSS! It’s very ‘orange-you-glad-to-see-me?’ Dina Lohan-meets-Trump complexion realness. Gives it a bit of POP, a bit of FLAIR! Don’t you think!?

“The statue had been vandalized before, at least once, maybe twice,” he said. “It’s always Jesus’ head that goes missing. Probably because it’s smaller and easier to break off.” In the past, parishioners always found the head nearby and were able to reattach it. “This time we looked high and low. No head. No Jesus.” Lajeunesse went to several businesses to see if a replacement head could be built.

“It has to be custom made. And nobody even wanted to consider it,” he said. Replacing the entire statue would cost between $6,000 and $10,000. “You wonder, if we do replace it with a new one, will we be up against the same situation?” Lajeunesse said, noting the head’s reputation for going missing.

That’s when a local artist knocked on Lajeunesse’s door, asking about the statue. “She was quite upset about it and she offered to do something if she could,” Lajeunesse said.

Custom made! It definitely IS the thought that counts in this case, otherwise Jesus wouldn’t even have a face! Thoughts!?

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