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The smartest thing I’ve done in a long time is make and more importantly stick to a New Year’s resolution. I decided I’d no longer watch tv/netflix during the week and would read instead. I’ve been reading a lot of non fiction and given the insanity all around us, now I’m ready to move onto to a thoroughly engrossing page turner. Without further ado, what’s the best fiction you’ve recently read?
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Oh man, is that velvet? Beautiful.
Thanks to Emily for sending “this guy taking in the view of the cherry blossoms and crane sculpture at the Japanese American Memorial.”
If you spot a hawk or any interesting wildlife around town, lunching or otherwise, and get a good photo please send in an email where you spotted it to [email protected] and I’ll add it to the queue. Hawks around Town is made possible by a generous grant from the Ben and Sylvia Gardner foundation.
Thanks to Elizabeth for sending this masterpiece.
It brings me great pleasure to give you another masterpiece this week:
Fighting the opioid crisis in America should be a priority for every health official in this country. Dr. Jerome Adams, the U.S. Surgeon General, hopes to prevent deaths resulting from an opioid overdose by advocating for Americans to carry Naloxone, the “overdose antidote”.
At the National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit, which took place in Atlanta on April 2-5, Dr. Adams discussed his new health advisory. The annual Summit’s mission is to discuss prevention and treatment for health issues in the United States.
Naloxone, which costs $80 for a single dose and is covered by insurance, is an injectable medication given to someone who is overdosing on an opioid — either a prescription opioid or heroin. It can also be sprayed in the nose. It is referred to as an opioid antagonist and can reverse the effects of the drug and restore normal breathing.
Dr. Adams says that all opioid users and their family and friends should have access to the antidote, which is available over the counter. According to the nation’s head doctor, 77 percent of these overdoses occur outside of any type of medical setting, away from any health professionals, so having greater access to this medication may save lives.
People who do not have insurance, can obtain this medicine from local health programs for free or a reduced cost. Dr. Adams also wants more federal money to go towards enabling this access.
“The opioid crisis in this country is a sad but growing reality in this country, and it affects us here in Georgia,” said Cade Parian, personal injury lawyer at The Parian Law Firm. “Giving those affected by this terrible crisis the option to carry Naloxone and use it if the need arises is a positive step towards preventing fatal overdoses and should be encouraged. Contrary to what many people believe, these deaths do not result only from heroin overdoses; often they are the result of a doctor legally prescribing pain medication for an injury and not properly overseeing a patient’s usage and dosage, resulting in an overuse and addiction. These doctors and drug companies who promote the drugs’ overuse should be held responsible.”
Naloxone, also called Narcan, can be bought in the District of Columbia and in all but the following states at either CVS or Walgreens pharmacies:
- New Hampshire
- North Carolina
- West Virginia
In 2016, more than 42,000 Americans died because of an opioid overdose, up from 33,251 in 2015. Hopefully solutions like this will help to bring this number down.
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“DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) has partnered with LimeBike for an exciting and unique series of FITDC bike rides through a few parks East of the River in Washington, D.C. with #BiketheDistrict: Petals & Pedals.
The next ride is Saturday, April 14th at Anacostia Recreation Center and will take riders through Anacostia Park. The final ride in the series takes place on Saturday, May 19th beginning at Malcolm X Opportunity Center.
The morning of each event, LimeBike pulls up at a DPR recreation center with a truckload of the fluorescent colored smart-bicycles for riders to use. LimeBike provides free access to their bikes for the day as well as free helmets for those in need. At the end of the 4-6 mile trek, bicyclists can leave the bike at the recreation center or leave the dockless bike wherever else they decide to go that day. Participants can alsoinstead bring their personal bikes to ride.
The kick-off event, held on March 31, brought riders to Kenilworth Recreation Center for a 6 mile ride through the scenic Anacostia Trial and Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens to the Bladensburg Waterfront in Maryland and back. The riders were split into groups from beginner, moderate to advanced paced riders with bike pacers leading each group.
#BiketheDistrict: Petals & Pedals: (more…)
I started a group in DC to swap jigsaw puzzles with neighbors (so we don’t have to keep buying them). We are meeting up this Saturday. thanks! DC PUZZLE SWAP. Saturday April 14th- NE Library courtyard (330 7th St, NE). 10-11am. Come Swap Your Jigsaw Puzzles with your Neighbors!”
Photo by PoPville flickr user Eric Williams-13
I want to donate my car, and the last discussion was 2009! Can we get updated recommendations?”
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“This is Freddie, eating all the snow off his back deck in Stronghold!”
“Jack (Chevy Chase) does not love snow”
“Grizzly in Columbia Heights”
I would love your advice from people on architects or contractors they’ve used. We’re considering adding a roof deck and a few windows to our home, but have no idea about regulations/process/cost, or who to ask (do we need an architect or is a general contractor enough)?”