Saturday, January 11, 2014

ACLU Sues over Mandatory Drug Tests

Pat Anson, National Pain Report, January 10, 2014

In one of the first lawsuits of its kind, the American Civil Liberties Union has filed suit against the Medical Licensing Board of Indiana challenging the constitutionality of a new rule requiring some pain patients to submit to mandatory drug testing.

The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Indianapolis, seeks a court order to prohibit the Licensing Board from requiring patients who receive certain levels of opioid pain medications to sign a “Treatment Agreement” that consents to drug testing at least once a year.

The rule took effect in Indiana last month, but does not require drug tests until January 1, 2015. Physicians who don’t comply with the rule risk losing their license to practice medicine in Indiana.

Similar drug testing rules and policies for pain patients are already in effect around the country at private medical practices and pain management clinics.

You can read the full article at National Pain Report.

Volupties Subscription Has Arrived! January 2014

Volupties offers an underwear subscription service for curvy ladies, for just $12, your first month! (It’s $17/month after that) When you join, you provide your underwear size and each month you will receive 3 pairs of quality sexy underwear from well-known brands via snail mail!

Don't forget to use VOLUPTIES to save $5 off your first month!

Here's how my Volupties package arrived in the mail today. The small plastic bag actually fit perfectly in our mailbox. A plus for me because I didn't have to stop by the apartment manager's office to pick it up.

I love the variety of colors and styles that I receive each month.

This selection of sexy underwear, that I received, this month, will make a welcome addition to my underwear collection.

Big Lots Haul ~ January 2014

Big Lots is always one of our favorite places to get great bargains for household items.

On this trip, we purchased Big Lots paper towels and toilet paper (not shown), 2 nail brushes, body wash, Wesson vegetable oil, Comet scouring powder, disinfecting wipes, 2 Rice-A-Roni chicken rice mix, flour tortillas, hot sauce set, garlic powder, a box of crackers, and headphones. And the total was only $36.00!

I love it when we stay under budget.

Friday, January 10, 2014

I'm Going to Stop Letting Fear Run My Life!

I've been under the weather since November from either a virus infection or a cold. So, when my husband asked me if I was going with him today I wanted to say "No", but I decided that maybe the fresh air would do me good.

And you know what? After a hour, I actually did start feeling better. Sometimes, I do let fear rule my life. Silly girl!

By the way, please check out Chronic Marriage's 9 Things To Stop Doing In 2014! It's definitely a must read!

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

It's National Soup Month! Chicken Tortilla Soup

This Chicken Tortilla Soup was a winner with my husband. He loved the addition of avocado, queso fresco and oven fried tortilla chips!

I enough to save in a container. It was a welcome treat when my husband got home from work. I'll definitely going to make this soup again. Thanks Blue Apron!

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

I'm Sick...Again But My Puritan Pride's Order Has Arrived

I'm thrilled when the UPS man handed me my Puritan's Pride box today. I recently ran out of my Vitamin C and Aloe Vera concentrate stash. Both are needed, as I am sick again from another viral infection. Ugh!

I really like the Buy One, get 2 Free offer at Puritan's Pride. It's an affordable way for this gal to stock up.

Feds Planning New Crackdown on Painkillers

National Pain Report, Pat Anson, January 7, 2014

The U.S. government is planning a new crackdown on doctors, pharmacies and patients who over-prescribe or abuse painkillers as part of a major overhaul of the federal Medicare Advantage and Part D prescription drug programs.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) unveiled the crackdown in a series of proposed rule changes that would give the agency sweeping new powers to prevent prescription fraud.

The changes are outlined in a 678-page report released this week. If enacted, the new regulations would take effect in 2015 and save an estimated $1.3 billion, according to the Obama administration. The public has a 60-day period to comment on the changes.

Prescription drug abuse is a serious and growing problem nationwide. Unfortunately, the Medicare Part D prescription drug program (Part D) is not immune from the abuses associated with this nationwide epidemic,” the agency said in a statement.

You can read the entire article at National Pain Report.

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