A new study shows doctors are the No. 1 source for painkillers used by chronic abusers. The CDC found in 27% of cases, physicians were the most common source.
The second most common source of painkillers for abusers was family members and friends, responsible in 26% of cases.
The crisis of narcotic painkiller addiction was declared an epidemic by the CDC in 2011. Nationally, OxyContin and Vicodin have led the way among prescription-related overdoses averaging more than 16,000 a year.
The plant, located at the Savannah River Site, a Cold War-era nuclear fuel factory, had experienced numerous cost overruns. Instead of needing $1 billion to build, the project was going to consume $10 billion. In addition, it was estimated the MOX facility would require another $24 billion just to operate it over a 15-year period.
DOE officials concluded that they could not continue with the plant’s construction, leaving it two-thirds completed.
It now will go into “cold-standby.” read more
Among all cabinet-level departments, Justice will take the biggest hit. Its 2015 budget request is nearly 40% lower than what the department received in the current fiscal year.
The Small Business Administration would suffer a 22% loss in funding, while the Army Corps of Engineers’ cut would be 18% if Obama’s budget succeeds.
Over at the Pentagon, the defense budget will remain the same from 2014 to 2015. read more
Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair is charged with forced oral copulation with a female captain while on deployment in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Sinclair admits to having an affair with his accuser, but insists their sexual encounters were consensual.
He pleaded guilty to lesser accusations of adultery, trying to obtain nude photos of other female officers, and possessing pornography.
If convicted on the rape charge, the general could receive a sentence of life in prison.
Meagan Simmons, a 28-year-old mother of four, was arrested for drunk driving. But her attractive mugshot landed on the Internet with such captions as: “Guilty of taking my breath away,” and “Arrested for breaking and entering your heart.”
Simmons went along with the unexpected publicity, gaining thousands of Twitter and Instagram followers and hinting of a possible Playboy layout.
But when a company used her mugshot for its online advertising, she decided to sue for damages.