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Re: “Beware, Be Ready

Here is a link to a follow-up article by the New Yorker author with more of a focus on preparedness: http://www.newyorker.com/tech/elements/how…

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Posted by The_Spovangelist on 07/30/2015 at 5:06 PM

Re: “Hopeless for Heroin

As a criminal defense attorney--and as a former professional journalist--I must say that this article isn't "News." It's sad, but it isn't news. The family did all they could. I have hundred of clients and most have some sort of addiction. Addicts commit crimes to support their habits (unless they are rich housewives who can pill shop various doctors while keeping under the radar, or something similar). This young woman's story is a cautionary tale to those who romanticize the "Sid and Nancy" side of drugs (i.e. Art, Rock n'Roll, William S. Burroughs, etc.). And for parents and friends it's a reminder that one cannot help an addict until the addict really believes he/she has a problem. Just a sad story all around. I would have published this story under the InHealth section.

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Posted by Paulette Burgess on 07/30/2015 at 3:36 PM

Re: “Seven Ways Drought is Impacting the Inland Northwest

Would have been interesting to hear reports from Green Bluff growers --- strawberries came and went lickity split as did cherries. What's the expectation for the rest of the growing season?

Posted by DavidGreen on 07/30/2015 at 1:31 PM

Re: “Psych ward at Sacred Heart retains doctors, agrees to cut bed count by two-thirds

And one more thing I would venture to add -- all the things in the BEST program will undoubtedly be helpful and much needed. But sometimes a bed is a bed, and in those situations there is no substitute for a bed for safety reasons. It is extremely difficult for community healthcare workers to find appropriate care when there are just too few beds.

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Posted by mental health provider on 07/30/2015 at 12:03 PM

Re: “Psych ward at Sacred Heart retains doctors, agrees to cut bed count by two-thirds

I'm glad you are bringing this to our attention. One thing I might add -- they aren't called "psych wards" anymore. The term is stigmatized and old. A more clinically appropriate term is "psych unit."

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Posted by mental health provider on 07/30/2015 at 11:58 AM

Re: “Hopeless for Heroin

Her gateway drug was marijuana, according to this article. Anybody who has endured the hell of addiction or the hell of having a loved one with addiction can tell you that the experience ends all debate about legalization of any drug. If legalization leads to even one more tragedy like this one, then the price of legalization is too high. sXe for life.

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Posted by muddydog on 07/30/2015 at 11:09 AM

Re: “Seven Ways Drought is Impacting the Inland Northwest

The "hoot owl" fishing restrictions are described incorrectly. Fishing is not banned "between midnight and 2 pm". Fishing is banned outside of that time frame. Fishing is only to occur between midnight and 2 pm. http://wdfw.wa.gov/news/jul1615b/.

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Posted by comment on 07/30/2015 at 10:27 AM

Re: “Hopeless for Heroin

My heart goes out to each and every parent dealing the same hand, prayers lifted high!

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Posted by Marcia R. Braymiller on 07/30/2015 at 10:15 AM

Re: “The Future is Smaller

The next generation expects LESS because socialism delivers FAR LESS. It is a sad commentary when publication celebrates the failures of socialism as a positive. No house? No chance to afford a house and no way to finance a house on your $15 buck an hour McDonald's job,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,thank socialism.

No retirement and no inclination to plan and save for retirement? Thanks socialism and the false hope of millions of Americans that the government will feed and care for them in their twilight years. As the Greeks are learning, having money in a bank controlled by communists and socialists means you are still in poverty with everyone else. They seize the banks and refuse to allow you access to your hard earned money. With socialism running the show, "fairness" means everyone is ruined equally.

Millennials, sitting in a park "socializing" with other poverty stricken losers is kind of sad actually. Posting your jobless stories of dope smoking and bongo drum parties instead of working an eight hour day at a job that would fully fund a nice life, a modern day tragedy. A sad, sad testament to the rise of communism and government funded misery for all.

The future is SMALL, for those who expect their lives to be funded by those who work. The future is dark for those who put their faith in government programs instead of self reliance.

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Posted by whocares on 07/30/2015 at 9:55 AM

Re: “Hopeless for Heroin

Spokane Heights Detox Center.......16 bed in-patient medical detox facility. 888 324-9870
Abstinence from drugs and alcohol, along with compassionate staff to provide case management for continued therapy upon discharge.

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Posted by Debbie Stapleton on 07/30/2015 at 9:27 AM

Re: “Hopeless for Heroin

Spokane regional health district/ opioid treatment services 509-324-1420

Spokane Treatment Solutions 509-795-3143

These programs offer methadone maintenance. It is not only medication but counseling and hope. It does not save every person but it has saved many.

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Posted by April Fairfield on 07/30/2015 at 7:06 AM

Re: “Hopeless for Heroin

They say God has a reason for everything, I still haven't understood this and don't know if I ever wi'll. I alike Rachel battle the same demons daily and it scares me to death not to mention having to witness my younger brother dealing with it to and than this happens. My heart aches seeing my brother and Rachel's family going through this I want to be the protector the savior but this was a above me by miles... If I could share something it is to be understanding with your loved one's to forgive an most of all to be grateful for them. Focus on how they make you feel when things are going good not the bad, because when they're not here you'll feel selfish to think anything less of them ever, I can tell you this through my personal experience there's nothing worth or even close to every moment you got to spend with that person. I hope others see this and take something from it cause on some real shit I'm broken an everyone else thats close to this tragedy is to. Rachel I'll always be thinking of you, I know you'll be watching over us, you're beautiful.
Always & forever
Love your brother,
-Daniel-

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Posted by Dan Jones on 07/30/2015 at 3:24 AM

Re: “Hopeless for Heroin

Suboxone or methadone maintenance, it works, they block the opiates, anyone that needs it, the health district and lakeside on north Monroe! This story is so sad! My best friend a former cps case worker and tang case worker fell victim to heroin, she's now in Spokane county facing 10-15 yrs fed time for theft n drug dealing to support her habit! I beg anyone that has a loved one gripped by the hands of heroin the most successful way to treat is with maintenance and its covered by state and private insurances! Best if luck n my prayers to everyone fighting this nightmare!

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Posted by Angela Sage on 07/30/2015 at 12:04 AM

Re: “Psych ward at Sacred Heart retains doctors, agrees to cut bed count by two-thirds

I am glad you have posted a more accurate article about the psych dept at SHMC this time. Yes there are 72 beds but there is also an outpatient child program known as the BEST program. It is exciting that SHMC is adding more support staff to help the doctors. In addition to ARNP's, there will be someone to help with insurance companies too. And in the BEST program, psychologists will be helping more with the behavioral aspects while the doctors concentrate on just the meds. SHMC is also talking more to the staff about how support staff might help in other ways. This is the first time in years that admin is seriously looing at what we need instead of just how to cut more from our program. In the end the patients will get a much better treatment program than there is now.

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Posted by health care worker on 07/29/2015 at 11:24 PM

Re: “Hopeless for Heroin

This story is eerily similar to the one my family is experiencing now, although our story hasn't finished yet. These kids are allowed to come and go as they please from detox centers and check themselves out easily from rehab when in fact their minds are so clouded by the drugs they inject that they should be deemed "insane." Police often don't respond and claim "there are no available patrols." Emergency room facilitators merely nod when the suggestion of an attempted suicide has brought this child to their care and yet they release the kids, even when they can barely walk or talk as they leave the ER. Detox centers are almost impossible to find much less find an open bed for the addict. Rehab facilities are over booked, under staffed and it doesn't matter because these addicts have the choice to stay or not. No funding? THESE ARE OUR CHILDREN! Find the money to help them! One CPS case worker told me this week there is a "new batch of pure heroine hitting the streets" and claimed he had already removed children from 5 families and lost 2 addicts this week alone. This isn't just an epidemic. It's an atrocity that no family should EVER have to suffer. FIND THE FUNDING! Stop letting these addicts decide they simply want to leave. Something needs to change. Quickly.....She was 18 years old and had plenty of life ahead of her. My child is 26 and has plenty of life ahead of her. Hundreds of young adults are out there right now and all of them deserve a chance to the life they deserve. We have to change something.....

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Posted by lyndam40 on 07/29/2015 at 4:21 PM

Re: “Beware, Be Ready

If you look at the aftermath of Katrina you will see that 99.99% of all democrats will not prepare in the least. They will sit idle and wait for Uncle Foodstamp to send in the military with hot chow and blankets to feed and cloth them. If you prepare, they will attack you and demand you give up your goods and belongings, they have a "right" to a "fair share" after all.

The next quake could be in 400 years or a thousand, they have no earthly way of accurately predicting this event. It is as mysterious as "global warming" and as impossible to predict as it would be to get an accurate forecast TODAY for September 15th.

Prepare all you like, if the power goes off for five days, the democrats will, rob rape, loot and burn whatever is left and no one will come to aid those who planned for their future. That is the way of the democrat, punish planning and success and reward criminality, sloth and ignorance.

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Posted by whocares on 07/29/2015 at 2:49 PM

Re: “The Trumpenstein Monster

Given the choice of an American who made his billions investing in America and feels compelled to speak his mind while every politician in federal service lines up to sell the nation to foreign invaders, terrorists, dictators and corporations OR a morally bankrupt woman who has filled her pockets with $2 BILLION dollars in bribes and graft as she and her morally bankrupt rapist husband robbed the nation blind, I'll take Trump.


The fact this paper supports a criminal like Hillary Clinton and feels no reason o question any of her scandals, schemes or corruption renders any opinion of it's staff valueless.

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Posted by whocares on 07/29/2015 at 2:37 PM

Re: “Barred from Help

This is too one-sided to be informative or eye opening. How about an article informing the public about the number of felonies (assaults) committed against Spokane hospital workers or mention the number of people waiting for psychiatric evaluations or competency evaluations in our city? I'm sure that ESH is following the law as much as they can with what monies they are given...

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Posted by Purple dragonfly on 07/29/2015 at 10:39 AM

Re: “Barred from Help

Inlander, I am very disappointed in you. You owe it to EVERYONE in Spokane struggling with mental illness and their families to rewrite this piece with your facts in place. It is a hard enough journey without you writing false pieces like this one. Apologize to the mental health community and redo this article, please.

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Posted by Amelia on 07/29/2015 at 10:12 AM

Re: “Slipknot to tear up Spokane Arena Oct. 20

The arena huh. Who do they think they are..

Posted by MuffHugger on 07/28/2015 at 10:31 AM

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