Lamar Odom opens up about drug-fueled brush with death

first_imgLamar Odom. AFP/GETTY IMAGES FILE PHOTOLOS ANGELES—Former NBA star Lamar Odom opened up on the Players’ Tribune on Thursday about the roller-coaster of cocaine addiction that left him comatose and close to death after a Nevada brothel binge in 2015.Although he’s sober now, Odom writes on the website that it’s “an every day struggle”.ADVERTISEMENT LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano MOST READ Hotshots get young import He recalled his shock upon waking in the hospital, having collapsed at the Love Ranch brothel outside Las Vegas.“At some point, the main doctor came in and told me what had happened,” Odom wrote. “He said, ‘Mr. Odom, you’ve been in a coma for the last four days. Do you understand?’ I couldn’t talk. So I just nodded. He said, ‘It’s a miracle that you’re here. We didn’t think you were going to make it.’”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’BACKSTORY: Lamar Odom’s spiral leaves ex-NBA star fighting for his lifeOdom, a two-time NBA champion who gained wider fame as the star of a reality television series with wife Khloe Kardashian, said that at the time he was “doing coke every day … I couldn’t control it.” Odom and Kardashian were separated at the time of his overdose. They reunited after the incident, but split again last year.Odom said he didn’t touch cocaine until he was 24 years old, when he was on vacation in Miami.“If I knew that it was going to affect my life the way it did,” he wrote, “I would’ve never even thought about it.”But the drug became an escape from the feelings of loss he felt after the death of his mother from cancer, the death of his beloved grandmother and the death of his six-month-old son, Jayden, to sudden infant death syndrome.He said he knew his increasingly reckless behavior was destroying both his personal and professional life.ADVERTISEMENT Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Now he credits rehab and the support of his family with keeping him going.“Even though my funeral would probably be a good funeral, and there’d probably be a lot of people who hadn’t seen each other in a long time. But it ain’t time for that yet. … I still got my kids. I’m still here. And damn, I’m still pretty handsome.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube View commentslast_img read more

Seasonal Reflections: Thankfulness Amid Immense Challenges

first_imgTomorrow is Christmas, leading us to praise the Almighty for giving us a Savior to redeem us from our sins and  to show us the way to salvation through faith,  forgiveness and reconciliation.Despite the tragic toll which   Ebola has inflicted upon us and our neighbors in the Mano River basin, we have a lot to be immensely thankful for.  First, this terrible disease which has hit us in 2014 more tragically than any other in our history, is fast receding.  Thankfully, we were able to hold the elections peacefully.  We have heard of absolutely no confusion or discord anywhere.For this we are grateful to God, to the National Elections Commission for a job well done; to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and the entire government that helped make this possible; and to the electorate for being well behaved and cooperative throughout the poll amid the Ebola crisis. The electorate for the most part obeyed the rules which the health authorities and NEC put into place to protect voters from Ebola.Nevertheless, there were many who did not venture to the polls because of Ebola fear, which contributed to a low voter turnout.  But thank God the poll was successful and each county was able to elect its one Senator and save the country from a constitutional crisis come January, when the bicameral Legislature must convene for the continuation of the third Session of the 53rd Legislature and to hear the President’s Annual Message to the Nation.Now, as we approach the coming New Year, we must reflect soberly on the challenges that await us in 2015.  First and foremost, we must strive to be declared Ebola-free.  This means that we should continue to restrain ourselves in this festive Season.  As we celebrate Christmas and New Year, let us do so with reflection and sobriety, avoiding large gatherings, touching and continue observing the rules that have helped us almost completely eradicate the virus.  If we can continue to exercise self-discipline, it is possible that by year’s end or January ending Ebola would be gone and WHO would be ready to give us a clean bill of health.  But let us remember that the onus is on us!In the post-Ebola period the emphasis must be on rebuilding our Healthcare Delivery System.  As we have often reiterated in this newspaper, Liberia already has a strong head start with pledges from our Chinese and American partners to help us achieve this mission.What we need is a roadmap: the Liberian government must come forward with a comprehensive and visionary plan to plant hospitals and clinics throughout the country, well equipped, well -staffed and proportionately distributed among the population to stop our pregnant mothers and children under five from traveling far distances for medical attention.We must intensify training of nurses and paramedics, lab technologists, medical doctors and medical specialists of every kind in the fields of prevention and cure. BUT—and this is a BIG BUT: how can we begin the march to achieving this when we cannot pay the stipends of the few medical students we have?  The government and the whole nation must get a lot more serious about health and medical training and about the whole educational system.Fixing our educational system from nursery to tertiary as well as vocational and technical skills training is the next major challenge.  Whom else can we find to accomplish this fundamental assignment when the Legislature has rejected so highly qualified a candidate as Dr. Elizabeth Davis Russell?We pray that we can soon resume work on the hydro, the West African Power Pool installations and the road system two vital drivers of the national economy.  Without energy and well planned, constructed and maintained network of roads, the growth of commerce and industry are seriously impaired.We must find a way to fix Agriculture, too, so that our farmers are empowered to feed the nation.  But this, too, is a very serious challenge that needs serious people to do it.All of these challenges must be tackled with patriotic fervor, vision, efficiency and vigor so that the Liberian people may become convinced that government is working for them.  It is then that they will become interested and involved in every national endeavor, including elections when they realize that their government is seriously working for them.         Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

First Sign Of West Nile Found In Grant CountyCashmere Imposes Emergency Ban

first_imgGrant County Health Ditrict has reported a mosquito has tested positive for the West Nile Virus in Grant County for the first time this season. The sample was collected by Grant County Mosquito District #1 which covers the Moses Lake area including the Sand Dunes and Potholes recreation areas.  This positive sample is an indication that West Nile Virus is present in the area and potentially other areas of Grant County.  The first positive mosquito sample statewide was found a month ago in Yakima County.   Amber McCoy, Environmental Health Specialist with Grant Coumty Health District said during the 2015 season, four humans, seven horses and over 100 mosquito samples were found to be infected, therefore everyone  needs to take steps to prevent mosquito bites.  There are no reports of human or other animal cases so far this year but Dr Hanna Oltean with the State Health Department says about 24 cases of the disease were were recorded staewide in 2015   Oltean says the risk of getting West Nile virus is low, but anyone can become infected.  People over 50 have the highest risk of serious illness. Most people who are infected with West Nile virus will not get sick.last_img read more

Study Poor older Americans most likely to rely on prescription opioids

first_img Source: Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Sep 12 2018Among older Americans, the poorest are the most likely to have used prescription opioids, according to a University at Buffalo study providing new insights into unexplored contours of the opioid crisis.The study also raises important questions about access to pain management options for the disadvantaged in the current climate of the opioid epidemic. “The poor had about double the rate of opioid use compared to wealthier groups,” says Hanna Grol-Prokopczyk, an assistant professor in UB’s sociology department and the study’s author. “The poor are the ones who have been disproportionately relying on these medications — and it’s not always easy for them to switch to other ways of dealing with chronic pain.”Grol-Prokopczyk, an expert in chronic pain, says the poor are less healthy than the general population and experience more pain, but her findings, which focused on prescribed use, not misuse, of opioids, indicate that even for the same pain level, the poor were more likely to be using prescription opioids.Little research on opioid use has focused specifically on older adults, despite their relatively high rates of opioid use and chronic pain. Some studies, without explanation, exclude adults over 65 altogether.”Identifying the groups most affected by opioids is important because there are long-term risks from opioids even when used exactly as prescribed,” she says. “These include increased risk of depression; suppressed immune function; and increased risk of death from causes other than overdose, such as cardiovascular and respiratory events. Policies and practices should make sure that disadvantaged groups receive information about the risks of opioids and have access to alternate pain treatments.”Related StoriesBirth, child outcomes linked with maternal opioid use during pregnancyStudy: Dozens of counties in the U.S. are at highest risk for opioid deathsPatients taking opioids for chronic pain could face health care access problemsThe results, which appear in the Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences, are based on responses from 3,721 participants in the nationally representative Health and Retirement Study’s 2005-06 Prescription Drug Study.”These data are particularly useful because they were gathered during the peak period of opioid use in the U.S.,” says Grol-Prokopczyk. “Participants also self-reported their pain level as low, moderate or severe, and gave their opinions of the prescription drugs they were using.”Most study participants indicated they were happy with opioid effectiveness. More than 80 percent felt the medication was important to their health and over 75 percent responded that it was the best medication for their pain management. Fewer than 12 percent reported unpleasant side effects.Now that the therapeutic landscape has changed in the face of the opioid epidemic and opioid prescriptions are harder to get, health care providers may instead recommend treatments that have limited insurance coverage or no coverage at all, such as physical therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, hypnosis or acupuncture.These often present challenges to poorer adults who might not be able to afford the alternatives or have the means to attend clinic visits that can span months or even years. “Some pain researchers argue that the country is simultaneously experiencing an opioid crisis and a crisis of undertreated pain,” says Grol-Prokopczyk.”Effectively minimizing the risks of opioids while still addressing chronic pain will require understanding who is exposed to opioids, and ensuring that all groups can access alternate pain treatments.”last_img read more