SO SAD - WE'RE TALKING ABOUT SECOND LEAD ARTICLE As a famous sports reporter used to say, let's go to the video
tape...and they are still doing so. Please see our initial report here.
HOWS THAT AGAIN? What the...???
We note: "A spokesman for Horizon disagrees with Lembo’s assessment and description of its drugs".
"Lembo said that, according to state claims data, one prescriber alone
accounted for $1.5 million in prescriptions for Horizon products or 11.6
percent of total amount of Horizon products prescribed through the
“'My office will continue to work in partnership with other state
officials to block unnecessary costs to the state plan and investigate
troubling pharmaceutical trends,' Lembo said."
Morning forum and afternoon Public Hearing re: Whiting Forensic (Institute) of CT
Valley Hospital scandal:
They make the Federal Government look good.
Devastating testimony to legislators by
former patients and family of patient tortured on video. See COURANT article.
Also, in COURANT article, please see the item about overtime. This is an issue in budgets everywhere (i.e. Weston police).
SEIU 1199 Union testifies.
Should separate Whiting from CT Valley Hospital.
Needs professional oversight.
Argument against budget cuts.
This is a big problem, based upon my personal experience in health care
and unionizing efforts. Question: How do get rid of "bad
apples" in unions? Not so fast..
Shouldn't have been there
A very excellent piece of testimony by former "patient" who didn't
belong there in the first place and was recommitted by public defender
in a bureaucratic action. Very painful to watch - evidence against
At 4:46pm we are out of here...
NOT THE FIRST STUDY THE DAY, SUNDAY, NOV. 26, 2017 futher report. MORE RIVETING THAN "HUSH HUSH SWEET CHARLOTTE"
We had watched the Public Health Committee live on CT-N.
Nothing is original. Altho' perhaps not applicable here, other famous movies suggest familiar scenarios.
Forensic Institute was one of a few - Fairfield Hills, Norwich and
Connecticut Valley Hospitals (Whiting Forensic is here) - prior to the
closings of the first two mentioned.
"Forensic patients are
primarily those judged not guilty of crimes by reason of insanity and
committed to the hospitals by a criminal court" is how a 1989 NYTIMES
article put it..
In The Day today is follow up from the public
hearing. And just so you know, CT-N covered this Nov. 13th gripping and
Informational and then afternoon Public Hearing video of PUBLIC HEALTH COMMITTEE. SO WHAT CAME BEFORE?
Welcome from Rep.John Shaban and his outline of how the evening would
progress. First everone on the panel had their story related to
opioids to tell.
Weston H.S. S.R.O.; Weston Youth Services director on the panel and contributes our stories.
First Selectmen from Easton (l) and Redding present (below next to Chief
Troxell); U.S. Attorney's Office, WestCOG, regional social work services in action; State Senators
attend (it was literally. "SRO" as in standing room only)
Police Chiefs from Redding, Easton and Weston speak. Getting
hooked on opioids (pills left over from prescriptions legally obtained
brought to "pill parties" - I think I heard someone say that)...
Standing Room Only - or did I mention that already? I left early to attend a special Library Building Committee meeting.
OUR RATHER BRIEF AND VERY SIMPLE RESEARCH: http://www.drugfreeworld.org/drugfacts/prescription-drugs.html "Recreational use of prescription drugs is a serious problem with teens and young adults."
This is the understatement of the year. The link above is a really
simple explanation of why kids raid their parents bathroom sink cabinet
And then there is Narcan, which is something EMT's must carry, we think...report on last Session action from article above:
"...The state has passed a number of laws intended to combat the opioid
epidemic, including requiring first responders to carry Narcan, limiting
initial opioid prescriptions to seven-day supplies in most cases, and
requiring pharmacies to enter information about controlled substances
into the electronic Connecticut Prescription Monitoring and Reporting
System (CPMRS) by the next business day."
We note that Narcan will only work for up to 48 hours - and then addicted individual will crave more opioids.
Can a 'miracle shot' called Vivitrol break the prison-heroin cycle in Alaska?
Alaska News DISPATCH
Michelle Theriault Boots
We choose to include this as "health care"...along with no lifeguards, unclaimed bodies issue and others to come as budget cuts kick in. Supreme Court strikes down Texas abortion clinic regulations
June 278, 12016
DEEP probes old, unpermitted landfill in Cheshire
By Luther Turmelle, New Haven Register
Posted: 05/22/16, 10:42 PM EDT | Updated: 4 hrs ago
CHESHIRE >> Investigators with the Connecticut Department of
Energy and Environmental Protection are investigating the location of an
unpermitted landfill that was started on a local farm during the 1960s
and was never fully resolved...
”Questions regarding this dump site were repeatedly asked by residents
at the public hearings, but were not addressed by the developer’s
representatives. We do not believe that the (South Central Connecticut)
Regional Water Authority, Chesprocott Health District or the
Inland Wetland and Watercourses Commission were informed of the dump’s
existence or the potentially toxic contents before approving this
...State environmental officials “would have concerns about any
development that might result in result in the contamination of soil and
groundwater in the surrounding area.”
“Given some of the material that was disposed of, there is some
potential that could happen and that any contamination that exists might
spread onto one or more of the building lots...”
Any potential problems here? Legionella bacteria found in GHS cooling tower; no risk found
By Paul Schott, Greenwich TIME
Published 6:51 pm, Tuesday, October 6, 2015
Legionella bacteria were found in recent tests of the cooling
tower at Greenwich High School, but students and staff did not face a
health risk, according to school and health officials...story in
Malloy Tries To Help 6 Hospitals, But Legislative Leaders Aren’t Impressed CTNEWSJUNKIE by Christine Stuart
Oct 9, 2015 3:21pm
...House Speaker Brendan Sharkey echoed his remarks.
“Simply reshuffling already overdue payments for the first quarter
toward smaller hospitals is not an adequate resolution and amounts to
randomly picking winners and losers,” Sharkey said. “Democrats will soon
be recommending serious alternatives for the governor to consider, and
it’s time for minority Republicans, who voted against the state budget
but are now also opposing the governor’s cuts, to step up to the plate
with some real ideas.”
Who knew? CT MIRROR explains how high executive pay at
not-for-profit hospitals equates with income redistribution. We
quote from CT MIRROR:
"...As hospital leaders warn of potential job and service
reductions in response to state funding cuts, the six- and seven-figure
pay packages of Connecticut hospital executives have emerged as a point
To some, the focus on CEO pay is a red herring
meant to distract from years of underfunding Medicaid while increasing
taxes on hospitals. Others see it as a way to point out misplaced
priorities at nonprofit hospitals that rely heavily on government money,
at a time when executive pay and income disparities have become a
rallying cry in national politics..."
Story in full here Sweeping plan put forward to control rising health care costs
By: Kyle Constable | July 13, 2016
"...These meetings, he said, could be considered a pilot program for the
benefits that could arise from additional collaboration and could serve
as an alternative to a complete restructuring of the state’s
agencies. And most members seemed skeptical that restructuring the
agencies would be the best approach..."
CAUTION: Grand Junction Colorado
Bridgeport, CT used as examples...and we refer you to the NYTIMES stroy
for neat maps that supposedly show the variance from assumptions that
low costs for government health care do not actually appear to parallel
private health care costs. 306 "counties" used in study -
"Bridgeport" is the Stamford-Bridgeport MSA, based upon carefully
studying the NYTIMES graphic.
THE UNCOMPENSATED CARE NUMBERS 2009-2014 FISCAL YEARS (OCT - SEPT): With the break-in of ACA in CT, which hospitals are more in demand?
Since the data is massaged by more than once entity, we will take
license to do our own analysis. Which comes down to this:
"If you could go to Yale New Haven or Greenwich Hospital on someone
else's dime, wouldn't you?"
Composting toilet on Whidbey Island;WA. We think one is still in use also at Bisceglie Park in Weston, CT. and we know for sure it was used in some houses built in Weston in the early '80's or late ''70's.
Scientists discover another giant ancient virus in Arctic permafrost
Anchorage Daily News
September 10, 2015
Scientists have found a previously unknown giant virus in the permafrost
of Siberia, a discovery they say is worrying at a time when such frozen
soils are rapidly thawing.
The newly discovered virus is called Mollivirus sibericum -- meaning
“soft virus from Siberia” -- and was found in 30,000-year-old permafrost
in Russia’s Chukotka region. It is described in a new study published
in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. It is the fourth
ancient giant virus discovered since 2003, one of which was discovered
by the same team in the same Chukotka permafrost.