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Opioid Crisis Declared a National Public Health Emergency

Published on Nov 1, 2017 at 1:17 pm in Dangerous Drugs.

On Thursday, October 26, President Trump declared a national public health emergency over the opioid epidemic.

Trump said that over 90% of the heroin in the country comes from Mexico. He plans to combat this problem with preventing drugs from crossing the border. He believes his wall will inhibit the influx of drugs and reduce the supply and outreach so fewer people can be affected. Other people aren’t so sure that the President’s wall will fix the opioid epidemic because a lot of opioids are prescribed by doctors in the country.

These prescription uses could be the event that gets people addicted. When the prescription is done, the people still crave the drug and try to find other ways to get opioids.

The President also stated that he believes we can be the generation to end this crisis. Trump focused on another factor of the opioid issue, saying that we need to be tougher on Americans who purchase and use these drugs. “There is nothing admirable, positive, or socially desirable about it,” Trump said.

America Has Fewer Options for Filing Class Action Claims Against Banks

Published on Oct 27, 2017 at 1:34 pm in Multi-district Litigation.

On Tuesday, October 24th, the U. S. Senate voted to end a rule that prohibited banks from including language in their contracts that prohibited individuals from filing class action claims against banks.

A class-action lawsuit is when a group of people has suffered the same or similar injuries or financial damages from the same source, and they sue the party responsible as a group.

Because the Senate killed this rule, Americans seeking legal action against banks may be forced to settle things in private arbitration. This potentially reduces the options for a favorable settlement. In addition, this makes it easier for banks that use this language in contracts to get away with actions similar to the events that recently took place during the Wells Fargo debacle where the bank created millions of unauthorized accounts or the Equifax debacle where the corporation attempted to stop Americans from filing a class action after a major security breach.

While no members of the Democratic party voted for this, most of the Republicans did. Every Republican except John Kennedy and Lindsey Graham voted in favor of getting rid of the rule. After the vote was tied 50-50, Vice President Mike Pence gave the final vote to kill the rule.

Distracted Driving Infographic: Ending Distracted Driving Stops With Us

Published on Oct 25, 2017 at 5:30 pm in Auto Accident.

We’ve all been distracted while driving. If we miss an offramp while enabling GPS or quickly text a friend when stuck in traffic, we’re distracted. When we’re chatting with a friend in the passenger seat and miss a turn or eat a burger on the way home from work and almost miss seeing a stop sign, we’re distracted.

Some acts of distraction are potentially more dangerous than others, but the bottom line is simple:

Distraction kills.

Tad’s Favorite Weekend Getaway: Commonwealth Tap

Published on Oct 17, 2017 at 12:06 pm in Consuming Louisville.

Bourbon is “America’s Native Spirit,” meaning only America can make whiskey and call it bourbon. When you want bourbon, you know the only place to go is Kentucky. For Louisville residents, the best place to get the largest selection and cool atmosphere is Commonwealth Tap at 9411 Norton Commons Boulevard.

You’ll never need to wonder about where to get a drink in Louisville with Commonwealth Tap around. They’re the ideal watering hole for people who want a good drink and a fun evening.

Commonwealth Tap’s hip atmosphere comes from soft lighting and an intimate setting. You can sit at the high round tables or sit at the bar. Various bourbons, wines, and giant chalkboards with the myriad drinks listed cover the walls. They offer outdoor seating options as well, which is perfect for balmy evenings.

How Much Can We Rely on Vehicle Safety Technology?

Published on Oct 11, 2017 at 12:17 pm in Auto Accident.

Vehicle safety technology aims to reduce the number of car accidents and keep everyone safer on the road. Common solutions right now include blind spot monitoring systems, lane-keeping systems, automated breaking systems, and parking systems. This technology takes out the chance for human error, which contributes to most car accidents. When a driver is inattentive, misjudges how much space they have, is distracted, or accidentally overcorrects their steering, they can get in a car accident. As more cars include safety technology, there has been a significant decrease in car accidents.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety conducted two tests looking at crash rates for cars with lane-keeping systems and blind spot monitoring. Lane-keeping systems nudge the driver when they start to drift out of their lane, and blind spot monitoring informs the driver of another car in their blind spot. Both systems helped lower the crash rates vs. the cars that did not have those systems. They found that lane-keeping systems lowered rates of sideswipe and head-on crashes by 11 percent. Blind spot monitoring systems helped reduce crash rates by 14 percent. In all, 86 percent of fatal crashes was reduced because of the safety technology.