Monday, July 13, 2009

Theft of Services Claim Involves "Only God Can Judge Me" Tatoo

Man doesn't pay for 'Only God can judge me' tattoo
The Associated Press

DENTON, Texas - God might not be the only one passing judgment on a man who skipped out on paying $200 for a religious tattoo at a parlor. Denton police are investigating a nonpayment complaint filed by a tattoo artist who inscribed "Only God can judge me" on a customer's arm. The Denton Record-Chronicle reported Thursday that the artist finished the work, which included a pair of praying hands, and presented the bill.

The customer Monday offered a credit card, which was declined, then he ran out of the store.

Bloggers note: And here is my tatoo & a few of my fav "UnGodly" sites;


The Secular Coalition of America;

Cold Busted - Shoulda Kept on Walkin: Robber seeks ride from detective after heist

SAGINAW, Mich. - Authorities say a parolee who robbed a Michigan bank was caught when he tried to hitch a ride from an undercover police detective.

Mark E. White was arraigned Friday on charges that include bank robbery and making a false bomb threat. He is being held at the Saginaw County Jail on $755,000 bond. It was not clear whether White had an attorney. Police did not immediately return a message seeking comment Saturday.

Authorities tell The Saginaw News that White flagged down Saginaw Township Detective Scott Jackson on Wednesday after the bank robbery a few blocks away.

White was paroled June 16 after serving time for operating a vehicle while intoxicated and violating an earlier parole.

Information from: The Saginaw News,

Friday, July 10, 2009

Murderous Mom Overdoses Son, age 10, Sends Him Off to "Heavenly" NeverLand

Will he see Michael?

Charges: Woman, children planned suicide together

Jennifer Simonson, Star Tribune

Jan Burnett reacted after her daughter, Patricia Becht, 42, of South St. Paul, was charged with first-degree murder and first-degree attempted murder Friday morning at the Dakota County Judicial Center. Becht's 10-year-old son Michael Vonheath Becht, Jr., is dead.

A South St. Paul mother told police that she and her two young children had planned to commit suicide together and took overdoses of an antipsychotic medication, which killed 10-year-old Michael Becht on Monday, according to charges filed this morning.

Patricia Becht, 42, was charged in Dakota County with first-degree murder and attempted murder in the July 6 death of her son and the attempted killing of her 11-year-old daughter, Erica.

The charges say numerous pill bottles, including Seroquel, an antipsychotic medication, were found in the room where Michael Becht's body was found. Patricia Becht allegedly told police during a hospital interview that she gave each of her children 10 of the pills and took 25 herself.

It could take weeks for investigators to get the results of toxicology tests, which will determine what substances were in the Bechts' bodies.

Becht had plotted to kill herself and her two young children and had talked to them about going to heaven, which, she told them, was like Michael Jackson's home, Neverland.

Judge Robert Carolan set bail at $1 million without conditions, or $750,000 with conditions, including that she not see any children unless approved and overseen by social service workers.

He also ordered psychiatric evaluations to determine whether she is mentally ill and if she is competent to stand trial. She had threatened suicide in the past, said Dakota County Attorney Jim Backstrom.

Becht had written a suicide note to a teen-age daughter who was not home and was not planned for the killing, the charges say.

Officers found a letter, written by Becht, saying that the older daughter would not be coming with them, though the girl wouldn't understand why not, and that Becht and the two younger children were "at peace."

In another note, she wrote: "I don't have much to say, only that we are happy to be gone."

Erica Becht remains hospitalized and is expected to recover.


Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Generation Rx Study Confirms Abuse of Prescription Drugs a REAL Problem Among Youth; What is the Physicians & Pharmacists' Role?

Generation Rx Study Confirms Abuse of Prescription Drugs
Old but Relevant News

9/21/2006 11:09:22 AM

Today’s teens are more likely to abuse Rx and OTC medications than many illegal drugs and think abusing medicines to get high is ‘safer’ than using illegal drugs.

Washington, D.C., May 16, 2006 – The intentional abuse of prescription (Rx) and over-the-counter (OTC) medications to get high is now an entrenched behavior among today’s teen population, according to a national study released by the Partnership for a Drug-Free America®.

The Partnership’s 18th annual study of teen drug use and attitudes confirms that Generation Rx has arrived as an alarming number of today’s teenagers are more likely to have abused Rx and OTC medications than a variety of illegal drugs like Ecstasy, cocaine, crack and meth. Nearly one in five teens (19 percent or 4.5 million) report abusing prescription medications to get high; and one in 10 (10 percent or 2.4 million) report abusing cough medicine to get high.

“This study removes any doubt that intentional abuse of medications among teens is a real issue threatening the health and well-being of American families,” said Steve Pasierb, president & CEO of the Partnership. “We have a situation where a widespread and dangerous teen behavior has become normalized and has found its way into our homes. These findings should serve as a wake-up call to parents that their teen is facing a drug landscape that did not exist when they were teens. The abuse of prescription and over-the-counter drugs has taken root among America’s teens and the behavior is not registering with parents. Unless we all take action, it is a problem that will only get worse.”

Released today in Washington, D.C., the 2005 Partnership Attitude Tracking Study (PATS) surveyed more than 7,300 teenagers in grades 7-12 (margin of error: +/-1.5 percent). Top-line findings from this nationally projectable tracking study show the culture of “pharming” – abusing a host of medicines and chemical products intentionally to get high – has established itself among America’s teen population:

Nearly one in five (19 percent or 4.5 million) teens has tried prescription medication (pain relievers such as Vicodin and OxyContin; stimulants like Ritalin and Adderall) to get high
One in 10 (10 percent or 2.4 million) teens report abusing cough medicine to get high
Abuse of Rx and OTC medications is on par or higher than the abuse of illegal drugs such as Ecstasy (8 percent), cocaine/crack (10 percent), methamphetamine (8 percent) and heroin (5 percent).
“There is a world of difference between good medicine and bad behavior,” said Dr. Michael Maves, executive vice president & CEO of the American Medical Association and a Partnership board member. “When these medicines are abused – when they are used for anything other than their intended and approved purpose – they can be every bit as dangerous as illegal street drugs.”

Teens Think Intentionally Abusing Medicines to Get High is ‘Safer’ Than Using Illegal Drugs

According to the data, an alarming number of teens have a false sense of security about the safety of abusing Rx and OTC medications:

Two in five teens (40 percent or 9.4 million) agree that Rx medicines, even if they are not prescribed by a doctor, are “much safer” to use than illegal drugs;
Nearly one-third of teens (31 percent or 7.3 million) believe there’s “nothing wrong” with using Rx medicines without a prescription “once in a while;”
Nearly three out of 10 teens (29 percent or 6.8 million) believe prescription pain relievers – even if not prescribed by a doctor – are not addictive; and
More than half of teens (55 percent or 13 million) don’t agree strongly that using cough medicines to get high is risky.
The study also found teens believe a key driver for abusing prescription pain relievers is their widespread availability and easy access. According to the data, more than three in five teens say Rx pain relievers are easy to get from parents’ medicine cabinets; half of teens say they’re easy to get through other people’s prescriptions; and more than half of teens say pain relievers are “available everywhere;” 43 percent of teens believe pain relievers are cheap and 35 percent believe they are safer to use than illegal drugs.

“What we have here is a case of misinformation and poor attitudes – teens seeing few health risks associated with intentional abuse – teamed with easy access at home and via the Internet. Together it’s a potentially lethal combination,” said Pasierb.

Parents Completely Unaware of Teens’ Intentional Abuse of Medications

Parents are crucial in helping prevent this behavior, but are largely unaware and feel ill-equipped to respond. Parents must educate themselves and get through to their kids:

Kids who learn a lot about the risks of drugs at home are up to 50 percent less likely to use drugs;
Nine out of 10 parents of teens (92 percent or 22 million) say they have talked to their teen about the dangers of drugs, yet fewer than one third of teens (31 percent or 7.4 million) say they “learn a lot about the risks of drugs” from their parents.
While three out of five parents report discussing drugs like marijuana “a lot” with their children, only a third of parents report discussing the risks of using prescription medicines or non-prescription cold or cough medicine to get high.
“Today’s cohort of parents is the most drug-experienced in history, but they do not understand this new drug abuse behavior among their teens,” said Roy Bostock, chairman of the Partnership. “They are looking for the classic signs of illegal drug abuse and are missing this trend. Parents need to be aware that the drugs their teens abuse today, including medicines, are not the drugs from decades past. Only through education and parental involvement can this trend be reversed.”

Partnership Launches First National Rx and OTC Medicine Abuse Education Campaign

The Partnership’s annual tracking study – the largest, ongoing analysis of drug-related attitudes in the country – began measuring teen abuse of select medications in 2003. With three years of data in hand and last year’s data heralding the emergence of this new category of substance abuse, the Partnership recognized this shift in teen drug abuse behavior as one of the most significant in recent history and immediately began developing a necessary prevention and education campaign directed at parents.

Launching today, the campaign is a comprehensive, multi-year prevention communications effort targeting the abuse of Rx and OTC medications. The Partnership created this effort with support from the Consumer Healthcare Products Association and its member companies. The campaign speaks directly to parents by alerting them that their own homes are easily accessible sources for teens to obtain and abuse these medications. The campaign is comprised of hard-hitting television, newspaper, magazine and radio messages, a multifaceted interactive online component, and is supplemented by informational brochures to help parents get the conversation started with their teen. A multi-faceted public relations effort will provide additional media support for the campaign.

The campaign also features an innovative online component consisting of unique and engaging websites focused on the dangers of abusing cough medicine/dextromethorphan (dextromethorphan, or DXM, is the active ingredient in cough medicine). The Partnership’s Web site features comprehensive online content on the abuse of prescription drugs. Original online content created specifically for parents and teens on the abuse of cough medicine can be found at:

For parents -
For teens -
“The message of this campaign can be summed up in three words,” Pasierb said. “Educate, communicate and safeguard. Educate yourself about the medications kids are abusing. Communicate with your kids and dispel the notion – for yourself as well as for your kids – that these medicines can be safely abused. And safeguard your medications by learning which ones can be abused, limit access to them and keep track of the quantities you have in your home. Make sure your friends do the same.”

All advertising for the campaign was created pro bono by advertising agencies Grey, DDB Chicago, Lumina Films and Dieste Harmel & Partners (Spanish-language), along with a number of production companies that donated their time and effort. All actors appear in campaign ads pro bono through the generosity of the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. The Rx and OTC education effort will be a priority campaign for the Partnership, which will work directly with national and local media to gain significant media placements for campaign messages.

Steady Decline in Teen Drug Use, With Marked Areas of Concern

The 2005 PATS study confirms that overall substance abuse is steadily declining among teens. The data show noteworthy decreases in teens’ use of tobacco, and steady declines in the number of teens using alcohol. Anti-marijuana attitudes have continued to strengthen since 1998 with 37 percent of teens reporting experimentation with the drug, compared to 42 percent in 1998. Ecstasy use also continues to decline with lifetime trials at 8 percent compared to 12 percent in 2001. Use of cocaine or crack – either lifetime trial, past year and past month – remain stable at 8 percent.

However, the PATS data has identified inhalants and methamphetamine abuse as two areas that are cause for concern and careful monitoring:

Inhalants (inhaled fumes of household products) – Teen trial of inhalants has increased over the past three years to an alarming 20 percent and inhalants are currently the second most abused substances behind marijuana (37 percent). While all measures of teen inhalant abuse have not reached the record highs of 1998, falling perceptions of risk indicate that additional increases in use are likely to follow.
Methamphetamine or meth (stimulant) – Teen perception of the risks associated with both trying or using meth regularly have steadily increased over the last three years and this year’s data show usage stabilized at 8 percent at the national level. While teen use of meth is relatively low, only 54 percent of teens see great risk in trying meth once or twice.
“Teens’ low perception of risk in abusing a drug can lead to abuse,” said Pasierb. “History would tell us that we need to stay out in front of meth and inhalants before teen use of these drugs increases.”

Prescription Drug-Abuse "Rare" Nat'l Institute on Drug Abuse says, BUT Narconon says Different

Click on title above to see the report of the NIDA who says prescription drug-abuse "is rare." That is pretty much like the USDA telling us our beef is safe to eat. Once the link opens, page down and look to the left where it says, Prescription Drug Abuse Facts"

Below is what a Narconon Agency has to say about it; Who do you believe?

Prescription Drug Abuse

United States 7/07/2009 06:58 PM GMT (TransWorldNews)

While millions watch the memorial of Michael Jackson, Narconon of Georgia continues its campaign to warn families of the dangers of prescription drug abuse.

Prescription drug abuse has now eclipsed illegal drug abuse with our youth and quite often the abuse is happening right under the nose of unsuspecting family members. All too often children are raiding the family medicine cabinet or buying drugs in the school yard from other children.

Narconon of Georgia has been actively providing the public with information on prescription drug abuse through its public service announcement and free brochures. A collaborative “Operation Medicine Cabinet” event is planned for later in the month with a local Sheriff’s office. The public are encouraged to bring their unused prescription medications in exchange for gift cards. Other communities are encouraged to do the same.

As pharmaceutical abuse increases, our safety measures have to increase commensurately. Over the Counter and Prescription Drug abuse is life threatening. Concerned citizens and legislatures have done an excellent job of getting drunken driving under control.

We can put a major dent in the abuse of medications by insisting in a similar way that our citizens and legislatures take heed of the dangers of medicine, whether it is prescribed or over the counter.

While the world mourns another great talent lost to prescription drugs, Narconon of Georgia continues to spread the message that there are solutions – drug prevention and treatment.

Narconon of Georgia treats prescription drug abuse effectively with a 76% success rate.

Prescription Drug-Addicted Med-Tech Steals Patients IV Pain Meds for Herself, Exposed Thousands to Hep C Virus

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Date: Tue 7 Jul 2009
Source: Las Vegas Sun, Associated Press report [edited]

A Denver hospital said Monday [6 Jul 2009] it has asked every patient
who had surgery there over a 6-month period to come in for a blood
test amid allegations that a former technician exposed up to 6000
people to hepatitis C [virus infection] as she fed her painkiller
addiction. The 26-year-old technician [surgical scrub nurse] is
accused of injecting herself with painkillers meant for patients, then
filling the used syringes with saline solution. She was arrested
Friday [3 Jul 2009] and appeared in court Monday to be advised of the

Thousands of patients at 2 hospitals where Parker worked were exposed,
and 9 have tested positive for hepatitis C, according to state medical
officials and an investigator's affidavit. It was not known how many
had yet to be tested. U.S. attorney's office spokesman Jeff Dorschner
said he could not comment on the case because the investigation is

The former technician started working at Rose Medical Center on 21 Oct
[2008]. She was suspended on 13 Apr 2009 after authorities began
investigating her, and was fired 22 Apr 2009 after testing positive
for the painkiller Fentyl [Fentanyl?], the affidavit said. She then
went to work for the Audubon Ambulatory Surgery Center in Colorado
Springs. She was there from 4 May 2009 until Monday [6 Jul 2009].
Leslie Teegarden, a Rose Medical Center spokeswoman, said the hospital
is being abundantly cautious and has notified every patient who had
surgery while the technician worked there. Those patients are being
asked to come in for a free blood test.

Amy Triandiflou, a spokeswoman for the Audubon hospital, said they
hired Parker before she was fired from Rose. Triandiflou said state
health officials informed the Audubon hospital of the investigation
against the technician on 1 Jul 2009. Rose Medical Center officials
said the technician took a blood test before starting her job in
October [2008], and tested positive for hepatitis C. But her attorney,
Gregory Graf, said she did not find out she had the disease until
police contacted her, which was sometime in April [2009]. "If Rose
(hospital) is indicating that she knew, then the question is, why did
they allow her to continue work as a surgical scrub nurse," Graf said.
Teegarden said people with hepatitis C are not prohibited from working
at a hospital.

The technician, who remains in custody, will be in court again
Thursday [9 Jul 2009] for a preliminary hearing on charges of
tampering with a consumer product, creating a counterfeit controlled
substance, and obtaining a controlled substance by deception or
subterfuge. Bail is expected to be set at that hearing. If convicted
of all charges, she faces a maximum of 34 years in prison.

Communicated by:
HealthMap Alerts via

[Of all the cases of transmission of hepatitis C virus in hospital
settings (some of which are referenced below), this incident is one of
the most bizarre. A technician/nurse known to be infected with
hepatitis C virus should not have been employed on any task involving
the use of surgical procedures or the administration of drugs by

Fentanyl (fentanyl citrate) is a synthetic primary opioid agonist
commonly used to treat post-operative and chronic breakthrough pain
(see: ). It is approximately
100 times more potent than morphine, Fentanyl is classified as a
Schedule II drug in the United States due to its high potential for
abuse. Intravenous fentanyl is extensively used for anesthesia and
analgesia, most often in operating rooms and intensive care units.
Finally, Fentanyl is often used in cancer therapy and other chronic
pain management due to its effectiveness in relieving pain. There is
no known opioid better than Fentanyl in reducing cancer pain, which
makes it the 1st choice for use in cancer patients.

Denver, in the state of Colorado, can be found in the
HealthMap/ProMED-mail interactive map of the USA at:
. -

[Fentanyl, introduced through the ventilation system, was used by the
Moscow authorities to knock out Chechen terrorists who took 800 people
hostage in a theater in 2002 -- see

- Mod.JW]

[see also:
Hepatitis C, dialysis-related - USA: (NY) 20080917.2917
Hepatitis C, fibrinogen-transmitted - Japan: RFI 20071217.4063
Hepatitis C, physician-associated cluster - USA (NY) (04) 20071211.3988
Hepatitis C, hemodialysis unit - Spain (Barcelona) 20071209.3969
Hepatitis C, physician-associated cluster - USA (NY) (03) 20071207.3951
Hepatitis C, physician-associated cluster - USA (NY) (02) 20070628.2080
Hepatitis C, physician-associated cluster - USA (NY) 20070616.1965
Hepatitis C, single source outbreak, 1998 - Spain (02) 20070227.0705
Hepatitis C, isotope contamination suspected - USA (MD) 20050105.0019
Hepatitis C, nosocomial transmission - Spain (Madrid) 20040726.2046
Hepatitis C virus, hospital acquired - Israel (03) 20030816.2038
Hepatitis C virus, hospital acquired - Israel (02) 20030814.2025
Hepatitis C virus, hospital acquired - Israel 20030813.2016
Hepatitis C, clinic-acquired cluster - USA (NE) (02) 20021120.5857
Hepatitis C virus, clinic-acquired cluster - USA (NE) 20021017.5579]
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Saturday, July 4, 2009

Driver pleads guilty in road rage incident with undercover officer

Treptow pleads guilty to reckless discharge of a firearm in the 2007 road-rage incident.

By ABBY SIMONS, Star Tribune

Talk about bad luck!

A Coon Rapids man who shot an undercover Robbins- dale police officer during a road-rage confrontation in June 2007 has pleaded guilty to one of the three felonies originally leveled against him, according to a prosecutor who handled the case.

Martin S. Treptow, 37, pleaded guilty June 23 in Anoka County District Court to reckless discharge of a firearm within a municipality. As part of a plea deal, charges of drive-by shooting and terroristic threats were dropped.

Treptow was indicted by a grand jury in connection with the incident in which Robbinsdale police officer Landen Beard, 29, was shot in the leg. Beard told authorities that Treptow pulled a gun after they got into an argument while driving their vehicles on the afternoon of June 7, 2007, in Coon Rapids, not far from Beard's home.

Beard admitted passing illegally on the shoulder in a line of traffic on Woodcrest Drive heading south toward 99th Avenue, causing Treptow to get upset and follow Beard. Treptow said Beard was driving erratically and yelling at Treptow and his wife. Treptow honked, and the feud continued, culminating as the two vehicles were stopped behind other cars at a traffic light.

Beard said he pulled his gun and identified himself as an officer after seeing Treptow brandish one. Treptow, who had a handgun permit, said he fired after Beard pointed his gun toward Treptow and his wife, who was in the front passenger seat. The couple's children were in the back.

Treptow's bullet grazed Beard's arm and one leg before lodging in the other leg, breaking the femur and knocking him down. Treptow drove away and called police minutes later to report the shooting.

The same grand jury that indicted Treptow indicted Beard on making terroristic threats, a felony. Washington County prosecutors, handling Beard's case to avoid a conflict of interest, dismissed the charge, citing a lack of evidence

Assistant Anoka County Attorney Kurt Deile said Treptow could get up to a year in jail but is not expected to serve the full sentence.

"The victim, Mr. Beard, has indicated to us he wished [Treptow] would get a more harsh sentence, but he is happy that there is some closure to the case," Deile said. "It's a little over two years old now."

A sentencing for Treptow was scheduled for Aug. 20.

Abby Simons • 612-673-4921