Drug Trafficking: A Billion Dollar Industry in the US

The use of illegal drug is linked to several major causes of death in the US, including homicide, suicide, violence, HIV infection, motor-vehicle injury, hepatitis and mental illness. This is why the US Federal Government has never stopped, but, rather, still intensified its war against illegal drug trade which heightened starting in the 1970s when various criminal groups from neighboring Mexico started to smuggle marijuana, heroin, cocaine, hallucinogens, amphetamine and methamphetamine in the US through various routes.

Drug trafficking generally refers to the importation, exportation, production, sale, distribution and possession of prohibited drugs – a definition that is applied to all types of illegal substances. In its website (http://www.dea.gov/druginfo/ftp3.shtml), the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has posted a table that shows the federal trafficking penalties for illegal drugs falling under schedules I, II, III, IV, and V. It details the number of years in jail and the amount of fines based on the type and quantity of substance seized, and the number of offenses committed.

Because of the serious harm illegal drugs can cause both in the user and on others (who may be victimized by the drug user after the substance takes effect and control his or her thinking), federal and state authorities have been more intense is clamping down on suspected and identified drug traffickers. But, like in their campaign against DUI or DWI, some enforcers sometimes become overzealous, apprehending individuals who may only have been used as fall guys or unknowing couriers by drug crime syndicates or charging first offenders with very serious criminal charges that entail grave punishment.

While blaming authorities for their overzealousness in making arrests may be futile, as they are just concerned with protecting the welfare of the general public, the effect of the charge on those apprehended cannot be belittled as it will seriously affect their personal and professional future.

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Protecting Nursing Home Residents from Abuse

Horace, a Roman philosopher, once said: “pulvis et umbra sumus”. We are but dust and shadows, so the saying states. From the dust from where people were hailed, to dust people shall return – but before all that, there is a whole life to live.

Thanks to the innovations of modern science, the expected longevity of human life has been significantly increased. There are medications available that ensure a long, full life for a human being. However, with age comes increased frailty as the bodies slowly deteriorate to ready themselves to their descent back to the dust and shadows whence they came. However, as all humans of all ages and races and creeds are born free and equal, any one person has legal, human rights from the moment they are born, even until after they are dead.

There are even special laws in place that protect the elders of our population, specifically those who reside in nursing homes. These facilities are necessitated by law to adhere to a certain standard of care in order to care for their elderly wards. They are expected to have a sufficient number of professionals who can care for their patients as well as have their facilities be capable of caring for these elderly folk. If these standards cannot be met, then the care of that elderly person in that facility can be classified as nursing home abuse.

Nursing home abuse is a subset of personal injury. These kinds of lawsuits can be difficult to pinpoint as abuse victims can be hesitant to report their abusers out of fear. That is why it is of the utmost importance to keep a vigilant eye on the nursing home where an elderly loved one may be residing, should there be any signs of maltreatment or abuse. If there any signs of wrongdoing, it is recommended that experts are contacted immediately so that the matter can be investigated further so that appropriate actions can be made.

Truck Accidents: The Sad Truth

The sad truth of the matter is: accidents happen every single day. Sometimes, the outcome is totally irreversible. A lot of these accidents happen on the road, even. However, you cannot just stop using the road to travel. No matter how careful you are, there will always be somebody who chooses not to be. Thankfully enough, there are ways to bring justice to those who are in the wrong.

In America, thousands and thousands of accidents happen on the road every single year. A lot of these are car accidents and not all of them are fatal. Your average vehicle will weigh at around four thousand pounds. An eighteen wheeler truck having an accident on a busy interstate, however, could mean some seriously catastrophic injuries. There are federal laws that surround vehicular accidents for vehicles that weigh over ten thousand pounds – and an eighteen wheeler truck weighs can weigh up to eighty thousand. Just imagine what kind of damage that kind of weight could pull when rolling along a busy highway? In terms of monetary damage, the rates are near astronomical. The loss of wages, the trauma induced from the incident, and the loss of lives? Incalculable.

According to the website of Williams Kherker, though most of the victims are passengers of smaller vehicles, there are still some cases when the injured and affected by the accident are even pedestrians. Due to the size and risk of a vehicle as large as an eighteen wheeler truck, there are many parties involved should an accident ever occur. There are federal laws that both protect the employer and employee of the truck that caused the damage – and they are, too, exonerated by these same laws if they fail to meet the standard.

If you or someone you know has suffered due to an injury caused by an eighteen wheeler truck, it is advisable for you to contact legal assistance immediately. The only thing you need to be worrying about is getting back up on your feet. Allowing yourself to be properly represented by people who know the ins and outs of a courtroom procedure can ease you of the stress and trauma that undoubtedly come from such a tragic situation.

Clearing the Sea

People have sought challenges for as long as they have been around. Rising to meet the obstacles placed in front of us is one of the things that makes us human. Some challenges are simply more extreme than others.

Take for example crossing the English channel. Some do it via boat, and most people do it through the Channel Tunnel, but a brave few eschew the help of technology and attempt to do it the old old-fashioned way, beating limbs and burning dependable ATP.

swimmer in ocean

In its narrowest areas, the channel is at least 20 miles wide. This obviously presents a significant challenge to anyone with aims to swim across, but I imagine that’s the entire point.

The first person to successfully swim across the English Channel was a man named Matthew Webb. He accomplished the feat over the course of 21 hours and 45 minutes in August of 1875. Since then, a number of people have completed the challenge, some of them children.

Application for Workers’ Compensation Benefit

Employers in the US, whether from the private or government sector, are obliged provide their employees with a safe and healthy work environment to significantly reduce, if not totally eliminate, occurrences of accidents in the workplace. This duty is base on the mandate of the Occupational Safety and Health Act, a federal law that was enacted by the US Congress in 1970. The Act requires the assurance for a safe and healthy working environment for all employees, the conduction of training in the area of occupational health and safety, and the provision of vital information, research and education on the same area.

In 1971, the Occupational Safety and Health Act or OSH Act gave birth, in turn, to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), which is tasked to fully and strictly implement all the safety standards mandated by the Act, such as a workplace free from mechanical dangers, excessive level of noise, heat or cold stress, exposure to toxic chemicals, poisonous gases, radiation, unsanitary conditions, and other hazards.

The Hazard Communication Standard or HCS, is another mandate that OSHA enforces. This federal mandate, which was passed into law in 1980 and took effect in 1986, gives those exposed to hazardous chemicals in the work area the right to be informed about the type of danger they are exposed to and how they can protect themselves from such danger.

The HCS, also known as the Right-to-Know law or the Worker Right-to-Know Legislation, also requires manufacturers and importers to attach Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) and warning labels on all their hazardous products. And, besides indicating on the label that a product is poisonous or hazardous, there should also be information on the product’s safe storage suggestions, potential health effects, precautions for use, emergency first aid instructions, and contact numbers for further information.

Each type of work environment presents a unique set of safety risks; thus, employers should take full responsibility in implementing the necessary measures that will prevent accidents from occurring. Anticipation of potential problems through risk assessment, safety training, provision of the necessary protective equipment, installation of safety barriers and so forth, are just few of the precautions that ought to be observed inside work premises.  While OSHA maintains that accidents can be avoided, this will only be possible if owners of firms and their managers observe government safety standards, and the employees follow company safety rules.