September 25, 2022 · 1:00 am
Narcan, Author Evilleavenger
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The Los Angeles school district will be distributing narcan (naloxone) at all levels, from kindergarten through high school . Staff training in the drug’s use is slated to start in October .
The rate of overdoses in Los Angeles county (believed related to fentanyl) has increased by 1700% since 2016 . At least seven teens overdosed this past month alone. Narcan temporarily reverses the effects of an overdose.
The administration of a narcotic antidote is yet another task unrelated to education we are assigning our teachers. However necessary such intervention may be, it does nothing to address the underlying problems. Continue reading →
Filed under Child Abuse, Child Molestation, Christianity, Community, Emotional Abuse, Neglect, Physical Abuse, Religion, Sexual Abuse
Tagged as broken families, drugs in schools, fentanyl, illegal drug use, narcan, opioid crisis, peer pressure
March 27, 2022 · 1:00 am
The past two years have been eventful for the world. First, Covid dominated the news. Now, the tragic war in Ukraine (with 115 children killed, 140 injured, an untold number orphaned, and 1.5 million made refugees) is a major focus .
The following events have, also, taken place. They demonstrate that evil never rests:
- Incest — Gucci heiress, Alexandra Zarini, has alleged that her stepfather, Joseph Ruffalo, sexually abused her between the ages of six and twenty-two. Her lawsuit has fractured the family, and confirmed that wealth is no safeguard against child abuse .
- Catholic Church Sex Scandal — Retired Pope Benedict XVI (former Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger) has asked forgiveness from victims for his mishandling of four Catholic Church sex abuse cases . Ratzinger did not in so many words apologize or accept blame. He continues to deny personal responsibility for the rapes and sodomy perpetuated by his failure to curtail the ministries of pedophile priests when complaints first surfaced .
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Filed under Abuse of Power, Child Abuse, Child Molestation, Christianity, Emotional Abuse, Justice, Law, Neglect, Physical Abuse, Politics, Rape, sex trafficking, Sexual Abuse
Tagged as abortion, abuse in foster care, Catholic Church sex scandal, child detention centers, child war refugees, COVID-19, drug abuse, fentanyl, good v. evil, Gucci, incest, infanticide, opioids, pedophile priests, teen suicide, war in Ukraine
February 10, 2019 · 1:00 am
Baby with toy bunny, Source https://www.flickr.com/photos/floridamemory/6520748155/, Author Florida Memory (PD)
WARNING: Graphic Images
- Joseph Milano and Lauren Semanyk, a Maryland couple, have been charged with third degree murder and involuntary manslaughter in the death of their 10 month old daughter . Other charges pending include possession of drug paraphernalia. The couple waited over 6 hours to report that the baby had ingested fentanyl, a synthetic opioid 50-100 times more powerful than morphine. They described Angelina to emergency personnel as having drowned during a bath.
- A 16 month old Pennsylvania toddler is in guarded condition after having chewed on a discarded baggie that held heroin . Narcan saved both the baby’s life and his mother’s, both found unconscious. A search at the home turned up a dozen empty heroin bags. The mother is expected to be charged.
- Antonio Floyd and Shantanice Barksdale, a Michigan couple, have been charged with second degree murder and manslaughter in the death of their 18 month old daughter . The toddler, Ava, died after ingesting some 15 times the amount of fentanyl commonly seen in overdose deaths. Drug residue, baggies, scales, herb grinders, and guns were found in the couple’s home. They have two other children.
We mull over baby names. We paint our nurseries pink and blue; decorate them with bunnies or friendly cartoon characters. We buy sound machines, cashmere receiving blankets, teddy bears 3’ tall, and designer baby clothes.
Amid all the excitement, we overlook only one thing in preparing for the birth of a child. And that is the very thing a child needs most: loving and responsible parents, capable of putting their child’s needs first. Continue reading →