Marching On Together


Marching On Together I have had a romance with a lady since my childhood just like thousands of other people around the world who are also in love with her. I have remained in love with her through the many bad times and the few good times, my love for her has never faltered and never will. My lady's name is Leeds United and she is just five games away from returning to the English Football Premiership, after sixteen years in the football wilderness. In the sixties, seventies and early nineties my lady was known as "Super Leeds," however in 2003, my love was relegated from the English Football Premiership due to financial miss-handling by her owners. "Super Leeds," dropped down to the third tier of English football. If Leeds United can grab ten points from their last five games my lady will be back where she belongs in the higher echelons of English football and I can once more embrace my love with happiness.

Leeds 5 v 0 Stoke, 7 points needed from 4 games...

Friday, 27 October 2017

Almost 150 Americans losing their lives daily to opioid addiction and 300,000 deaths since 2000 President Trump claims crisis a "national shame"

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With almost 150 Americans losing their lives daily to opioid addiction, US President Donald Trump has called the crisis a "national shame" as he declared it a public health emergency.
Mr Trump said on Thursday at the White House: "More people are dying from drug overdoses today than from gun homicides and motor vehicles combined.
"These overdoses are driven by a massive increase in addiction to prescription painkillers, heroin and other opioids."
He added: "The United States is by far the largest consumer of these drugs using more opioid pills per person than any other country by far in the world."

According to The National Institute Of Drug Abuse, the past 15 years, communities across the US have been devastated by an increasing prescription and illicit opioid abuse, addiction, and overdose.
in 2016, over 11 million Americans misused prescription opioids, nearly 1 million used heroin, and 2.1 million had an opioid use disorder due to prescription opioids or heroin.
Over the past decade, the U.S. has experienced significant increases in rates of neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS), hepatitis C infections, and opioid-related emergency department visits and hospitalizations.
Most alarming are the continued increases in overdose deaths, especially the rapid increase since 2013 in deaths involving illicitly made fentanyl and other highly potent synthetic opioids.
Since 2000, more than 300,000 Americans have died of an opioid overdose, nearly 20,000 per year.
Preliminary data for 2016 indicate at least 64,000 drug overdose deaths, the highest number ever recorded in the U.S.
Mental health and poverty are thought to be the prime reasons for the addiction but surely, a feeling of being disenfranchised from a society that offers no way out for the homeless and people living in poverty and, what chance do the poor have when even the well-off and famous are also addicted to opioids in record numbers. 

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