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Where Do All the Unused Meds Go?

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

I love to fish. The problem is sometimes you never know what you’re going to catch!  True story: One time my son caught a huge 5 pound skateboard!  No that’s not a type of fish. It was a real skateboard that must of rolled off the dock.  He snared it, I cleaned it up and he used it for years.

While finding a skateboard in the water is strange, finding medication in the water is much more worrisome.

Many years ago, I remember reading about Prozac-contaminated drinking water; a result of the once recommended practice of flushing unused medication down the toilet. Unfortunately, this method of medication disposal is still being practiced today. Bill Pannell, water utilities superintendent for the city of Cleburne shines some light on the affects that this practice can have on our water:

“Many years back there was an area here in the United States involving an aquatic species. Birth control pills in the wastewater were going into this body of water,” Pannell said. “The estrogen was affecting the fish and their behavior. When they were laying eggs, the eggs were not full.” - Proper medication disposal can decrease abuse.

Later this week, I’ll be brining about 10 pounds of medication I’ve collected over the years down to the Fire-station to dispose of properly. What do you do with your unused meds?  Please don’t tell me you sell them, since that is illegal!!!

2012 Mental Health Humor - Something tells me this aint a cartoon about fishing by Chato Stewart


Bobby: {HUGE SMILE caught a pill}DAD: [caught the TRUTH]Caption:  Something tells me this aint a cartoon about fishing !



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Saginaw Supporter says – SHAME ON YOU – I say SHAME Is The Loss of Life Needlessly – RIP Milton Hill

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

I got a comment recently from a “Saginaw Supporter” referring to the Michigan town of Saginaw. The police department made world-wide news a few weeks back when the shooting death of Mr. Milton Hill was captured on video and posted on Youtube. This video was shown on T.V. while I was watching the news. While it’s true I did not have ALL the FACTS, the facts I did have were more than enough to trigger an emotional rage, which I channeled into the cartoon below and posted the night I saw the video at: RIP Milton Hill: Police Shoot 46 Times, Killing Mentally Ill Man. The post was viewed 3706 times and tweeted to 57 twitter accounts and shared on Facebook. If I was a numbers guy, I’d say between page visits, Facebook shares and other social media, maybe about 20k to 30k people could have seen the cartoon. That’s a low number, too.

Here’s the comment from “Saginaw Supporter” about the cartoon saying:

You need to get some of your story elements correct, though that does not make this any more tragic.
There were 46 shots fired by the police, he was hit 11 times and 1 of the wounds was fatal.
According to the report and witnesses Mr. Hall was threatening police with a knife and refused to put the knife down and made a move towards officers not shown in the video which seems to have caused the sudden outburst of shots.
While Mr. Hall had known mental issues, he also had a long history of aggressive and threatening actions towards others.
The police were not using him for target practice as you imply in this ‘cartoon’. It was a tragedy but not an intentful action. How sadly judgmental of you to draw something like this without getting more information! Shame on you.


SHAME Is The Loss of Life Needlessly

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