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« Reply #10185 on: Mar 1st, 2014, 10:17am »

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This Week in Photography: Rampaging Leopards, Spies in Your Webcam, and Fake Celeb Tattoos

By Pete Brook
03.01.14
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The Internet delivered the usual bewildering volley of emotions this week. In the one tab, we enjoy the invention and humor of photoshopped celeb tattoo pics, and in the other we peer at the near starvation of thousands in Syria. Our round up of the past seven days, save the make-believe ink fever, is a somber affair.

This week, a video-clip from the front lines in Kiev emerged that gets remarkably close and is remarkably blunt in its depiction of violence. The closest thing we have to a LOLcat is a rampaging man-eating leopard in India and the closest thing we have to a chatroom is your webcam hacked by the UK government. In Florida, a newspaper ditches photogs like its going out of fashion, but in NYC a raft of awards and finalists announced this week celebrate photogs like it’s the only fashion.

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« Reply #10186 on: Mar 1st, 2014, 10:19am »

Associated Press

Lawmakers allow Putin to use military in Ukraine

By DAVID McHUGH and VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV
— Mar. 1, 2014 10:39 AM EST

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Russia's parliament granted President Vladimir Putin permission to use the country's military in Ukraine and also recommended Saturday that Moscow's ambassador be recalled from Washington over comments made by President Barack Obama.

The unanimous vote in an emergency session formalized what Ukrainian officials described as an invasion of Russian troops in the strategic region of Crimea. With pro-Russian protests breaking out in other parts of Ukraine, Moscow now could send its military elsewhere in Ukraine.

"I'm submitting a request for using the armed forces of the Russian Federation on the territory of Ukraine pending the normalization of the socio-political situation in that country," Putin said before the vote.

Putin's call came as pro-Russian demonstrations broke out in Ukraine's Russian-speaking east, where protesters raised Russian flags and beat up supporters of the new Ukrainian government.

Russia's move sharply raised the stakes in the conflict following the ouster of Ukraine's pro-Russian president last week by a protest movement aimed at turning Ukraine toward the European Union and away from Russia. Ukraine has accused Russia of a "military invasion and occupation" — a claim that brought an alarming new dimension to the crisis, and raised fears that Moscow is moving to intervene on the strategic peninsula where Russia's Black Sea fleet is based.

President Barack Obama warned Moscow on Friday "there will be costs" if Russia intervenes militarily. In Saturday's parliamentary session in Moscow, one Russian legislator said Obama had crossed a "red line" and the upper house recommended the Russian ambassador in Washington be recalled. It will be up to Putin to decide whether that happens.

In Crimea, the pro-Russian prime minister who took office after gunmen seized the regional Parliament claimed control of the military and police there and asked Putin for help in keeping peace, sharpening the discord between the two neighboring Slavic countries.

Ukraine's acting president, Oleksandr Turchynov, said the election of the election of Sergei Aksyonov as prime minister of Crimea was invalid.

It was the latest escalation following the ouster of Ukraine's pro-Russian president last week by a protest movement aimed at turning Ukraine toward the European Union and away from Russia.

Ukraine's population is divided in loyalties between Russia and Europe, with much of western Ukraine advocating closer ties with the European Union while eastern and southern regions look to Russia for support. Crimea, a semi-autonomous region of Ukraine, is mainly Russian-speaking.

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk opened a Cabinet meeting in the capital, Kiev, by calling on Russia not to provoke discord in Crimea.

"We call on the government and authorities of Russia to recall their forces, and to return them to their stations," Yatsenyuk was quoted as saying by the Interfax news agency. "Russian partners, stop provoking civil and military resistance in Ukraine."

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« Reply #10187 on: Mar 1st, 2014, 11:30pm »

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China security chief vows ‘severe’ justice for railway station attackers

China’s domestic security chief has vowed that authorities will spare no effort to bring to justice the “Xinjiang separatist forces” responsible for the terrorist attack at Kunming Railway Station in southwest China on Saturday evening that killed at least 29 people and left more than 130 wounded. Meng Jianzhu, a member of China’s Politburo, said the “inhuman” attackers would face the “severe punishment of the law.” Authorities said a group of knife-wielding terrorists went on the rampage in a “premeditated” attack at the railway station. Police shot four attackers dead and captured one, Xinhua reported, adding that about five others were still at large. Beijing has faced simmering unrest from separatists in Xinjiang, a predominantly Muslim region in China's far west, for several years.

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« Reply #10189 on: Mar 2nd, 2014, 10:30am »

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Hundreds of gunmen surround Ukraine military base

By DALTON BENNETT and DAVID McHUGH
— Mar. 2, 2014 10:34 AM EST

PEREVALNE, Ukraine (AP) — As hundreds of armed men surrounded a Ukrainian military base in Crimea on Sunday, world leaders and Ukraine's new prime minister urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to pull back his military.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called Russia's military incursion into Ukraine "an incredible act of aggression" — comments that came a day after Russian forces took over the strategic Black Sea peninsula of Crimea from Ukraine without firing a shot.

In Kiev, the Ukrainian capital, Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said there was no reason for Russia to invade Ukraine and warned that "we are on the brink of disaster."

But so far, his new government and other countries have been powerless to react to Russian military tactics. Armed men in uniforms without insignia have moved freely about the peninsula, occupying airports, smashing equipment at an air base and besieging a Ukrainian infantry base.

Putin has defied calls from the West to pull back his troops, insisting that Russia has a right to protect its interests and those of Russian-speakers in Crimea and elsewhere in Ukraine.

Russia has long wanted to reclaim the lush Crimean Peninsula, which was part of Russia until 1954. It's Black Sea Fleet is stationed there and nearly 60 percent of Crimea's residents identify themselves as Russian.

Ukraine's population of 46 million has divided loyalties between Russia and Europe, with much of western Ukraine advocating closer ties with the EU, while eastern and southern regions like Crimea look to Russia for support.

Unidentified troops pulled up to the Ukrainian military base at Perevalne on the Crimean Peninsula in a convoy that included at least 13 trucks and four armored vehicles with mounted machine guns. The trucks carried 30 soldiers each and had Russian license plates.

A dozen Ukrainian soldiers, some with clips in their rifles, placed a tank at the base's gate, leaving the two sides in a tense standoff.

Ukraine's acting president, Oleksandr Turchynov, announced late Saturday that he had ordered Ukraine's armed forces to be at full readiness because of the threat of "potential aggression." He also said he had ordered stepped-up security at nuclear power plants, airports and other strategic infrastructure.

But the U.S. and other Western governments have few options to counter Russia's military moves.

In Brussels, NATO's secretary general said Russia had violated the U.N. charter with its military action in Ukraine, and he urged Moscow to "de-escalate the tensions." NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen spoke before a meeting Sunday of the alliance's political decision-making body to discuss the crisis.

Ukraine is not a NATO member, meaning the U.S. and Europe are not obligated to come to its defense. But Ukraine has taken part in some alliance military exercises and contributed troops to its response force.

Kerry, interviewed on Sunday news shows in the U.S., raised the possibility of boycotting the G-8 summit, which is to be held in June in Sochi, the Russia resort that just hosted the Winter Olympics. He also discussed visa bans, asset freezes, and trade and investment penalties. Kerry said he spoke with foreign ministers for G-8 and other nations on Saturday, and says everyone is prepared 'to go to the hilt" to isolate Russia.

President Barack Obama spoke with Putin by telephone for 90 minutes Saturday and expressed his "deep concern" about "Russia's clear violation of Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity," the White House said. Obama warned that Russia's "continued violation of international law will lead to greater political and economic isolation."

In Moscow, thousands marched Sunday in a pro-invasion rally one day after Russia's parliament gave Putin a green light to use military force in Ukraine. At least 10,000 people bearing Russian flags marched freely through the city, while dozens of people demonstrating on Red Square against an invasion of Ukraine were quickly detained by Russian riot police.

The new Ukrainian government came to power last week following months of pro-democracy protests against a pro-Russian president, Viktor Yanukovych, and his decision to turn Ukraine toward Russia instead of the European Union. Yanukovych fled to Russia after more than 80 people died, most of them demonstrators killed by police. He insists he's still president.

Since then, tensions have risen sharply between the two capitals.

The Interfax news agency reported the speaker of Crimea's legislature, Vladimir Konstantinov, as saying the local authorities did not recognize the government in Kiev. He said a planned referendum on March 30 would ask voters about the region's future status.

The White House said the U.S. will suspend participation in preparatory meetings for the Group of Eight economic summit planned.

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Europe 1 radio that planning for the summit should be put on hold. France "condemns the Russian military escalation" in Ukraine, and Moscow must "realize that decisions have costs," he said Sunday.

"We are on a very dangerous track of increasing tensions," German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said in a statement. "(But) "it is still possible to turn around. A new division of Europe can still be prevented."

McHugh reported from Kiev, Ukraine. AP correspondent Greg Keller contributed from Paris.

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Quake leaves legacy of sleep ailments, flashbacks

Over 30% of 3/11 kids hit by PTSD

JIJI, Kyodo
March 2 2014

More than 30 percent of children caught up in the March 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami that heavily damaged Tohoku’s coastline are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, a health ministry survey says.

The survey covered 198 children in Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures aged 3 to 5 at the time of the disasters, which ravaged all three. They were interviewed by psychiatrists from September 2012 to June 2013.

“Those children grew up to be able to express their fears of the disaster or their grief at losing friends,” said Takeo Fujiwara, a researcher at the National Center for Child Health and Development.

According to the survey, 33.8 percent of the children exhibited PTSD symptoms, including sleeping disorders and flashbacks. That was much higher than the 3.7 percent logged for children from the Kansai prefecture of Mie, who were surveyed for comparison.

According to the survey, children with stronger PTSD symptoms showed less emotion than others when humorous videos were played to monitor changes in facial expressions.

Of the 177 parents surveyed, 39 percent of those living in areas where residents are less friendly with one another showed symptoms of PTSD, compared with 23.2 percent for those living in areas where neighbors had tighter bonds.

This gap reflects the effective role that cooperative relationships play in easing PTSD symptoms, researchers said.

Meanwhile, in a separate survey by Tohoku University, a study of more than 3,700 adults in coastal communities in Miyagi shows that more than 7 percent may be suffering from depression or strong anxiety due to the disasters.

The rate of depression in Ishinomaki and six other coastal municipalities in the study, released Thursday, was three times higher than the national average, as logged in a health ministry survey in 2004.

The survey cited extreme situations and relatives’ deaths as potential causes of the increased psychological suffering.

Miyagi had the highest death toll from March 2011, accounting for 9,537 of the 15,884 confirmed deaths, according to a Feb. 10 National Police Agency survey.

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....President Barack Obama spoke with Putin by telephone for 90 minutes Saturday and expressed his "deep concern" about "Russia's clear violation of Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity,..


Now, GWB wouldn't have done that......

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« Reply #10194 on: Mar 2nd, 2014, 2:07pm »

from debkafiles.com

Not a shot has so far been fired in the Russian military takeover of Crimea. This could change very rapidly and deteriorate into a head-on clash between Russian and anti-Russian elements on Ukraine soil.
Putin was not impressed by Obama’s accusation of being in ”clear violation of Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity." Neither was he deterred by the US president’s threat of “international political and diplomatic isolation” - or even a Western boycott of the G8 summer summit in Sochi.

After all, he stood alone at the opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympic Winter Games - unattended by a single Western leader. After that experience, he is not afraid to stand alone on Ukraine as well, regardless of US and EU efforts to force him to abandon what he views as an imminent strategic threat on Russia’s doorstep.

Wow..I never knew that..not one western leader..that is indeed a slap or handwriting on the wall..
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The Unibomber syndrome..Is there really a cure?


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Recently, as I sought to update a book I co-wrote about the history of Israel's intelligence agencies, sources close to them revealed that they felt pressure from the Obama Administration - more than a hint - to stop carrying out assassinations inside Iran.

Although Israel has never acknowledged it, the country's famed espionage agency - the Mossad - ran an assassination campaign for several years aimed at Iran's top nuclear scientists. The purpose was to slow the progress made by Iran, which Israel feels certain is aimed at developing nuclear weapons; and to deter trained and educated Iranians from joining their country's nuclear program.

At least five Iranian scientists were murdered, most of them by bombs planted on their cars as they drove to work in the morning. Remarkably, the Israeli assassins were never caught - obviously having long-established safe houses inside Iran - although several Iranians who may have helped the Mossad were arrested and executed.

In addition to strong signals from the Obama Administration that the U.S. did not want Israel to continue the assassinations, Mossad officials concluded that the campaign had gotten too dangerous. They did not want their best combatants - Israel's term for its most talented and experienced spies - captured and hanged.

President Obama - much to the discomfort of Israeli officials - is pursuing negotiations with Iran. The United States is one of the P5+1 nations, continuing to talk with the Iranians about rolling back some of their nuclear potential.

Sources told us that Netanyahu has now ordered the Mossad to focus on hunting - inside Iran and elsewhere - for evidence that the Iranians are cheating on the commitments they made in their interim agreement with the P5+1 last November.

Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Obama will also discuss progress - said by all concerned to be limited, but not non-existent - in Israel's talks with the Palestinian Authority which began last year. Secretary of State John Kerry has had many frustrations in his chosen role as mediator: not least, the harsh criticism of Kerry voiced by some members of Netanyahu's coalition government who distrust the peace process and feel that giving up any of the West Bank would be needlessly dangerous for Israel.

Dan Raviv, Washington-based host of radio's CBS News Weekend Roundup, is co-author of Spies Against Armageddon: Inside Israel's Secret Wars, which has a new updated edition published on March 2.
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« Reply #10196 on: Mar 3rd, 2014, 01:43am »

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In time for Christmas, Amazon placed a UFO detector on sale for $48.54. It is a magnetometer that flashes its 16 LEDs and beeps and upon detecting a magnetic anomaly. People have sometimes seen a compass spinning when they encountered a UFO. When the U.S. Air Force closed its study into UFOs, Project Blue Book, in 1969, many of the 701 of 12,618 cases researched that remained unexplained featured compass anomalies.

The UFO-02 Detector can be mounted to the dashboard of an auto using an accessory that costs about $19.99, with installation ridding your wallet of a further $20. The manufacturer, Images SI Inc., also sells soil from the site of the Roswell UFO crash. In case anyone is having difficulty choosing a radar detector to gift to their tin foil hat-wearing beloved, a radar detecting buying guide has been provided by Amazon.

The product receives a rating of 3.2 out of 5 from Amazon. At times, it has been out of stock. The 37 reviews were entirely light-hearted, with most people claiming to have seen multiple UFOs and some declaring themselves to be aliens. Anal probes were mentioned on multiple occasions. One reviewer proclaimed that the UFO detector was much more accurate than the voices in his head.

According to the book, Secrets of UFO Technology by Kenneth W. Behrendt, it is possible to construct a UFO detector with a range of two miles using a bar magnet, a glass, and some string, although this would not be portable, as the magnet must hang from something to be dangled in the glass. The idea has circulated since the 1950s. Plans can be had over the internet.

A drawback of the UFO-02 Detector detailed by more than one review is that the unit recognizes a microwave oven as a magnetic abnormality. The UFO detector’s instructions state, “For best results, hold directly under saucer,” but this is likely to be unproductive given that electronics often fail when a UFO is nearby.

Nevertheless, it could be said that the UFO detector works as advertised. As one reviewer put it, “I don’t know why some people are hating on this device. I purchased the UFO-01 Detector some time ago and so far it has been 100% accurate. I have not seen any UFOs and it has not detected any UFOs. It doesn’t get any better than that!”

Some benefits are undeniable. Flying Saucers and Science, a book by alleged nuclear physicist, Stanton T. Friedman, comes with. The device would presumably also detect ghosts and earthquakes, and in the latter case there would be advanced warning, with even a few minutes making the difference between life and that other thing. The advertising guff put forward by Images SI does state that with its “elegantly-designed transparent plastic case” (and they could do with a proofreader, having missed out the hyphen) allowing people to gape at the electronics within, the UFO detector serves well as a conversation piece, which certainly cannot be doubted
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Florida Cops’ Secret Weapon: Warrantless Cell Phone Tracking

By Kim Zetter
03.03.14
9:00 AM

Police in Florida have offered a startling excuse for having used a controversial “stingray” cell phone tracking gadget 200 times without ever telling a judge: the device’s manufacturer made them sign a non-disclosure agreement that they say prevented them from telling the courts.

The shocking revelation, uncovered by the American Civil Liberties Union, came during an appeal over a 2008 sexual battery case in Tallahassee in which the suspect also stole the victim’s cell phone. Using the stingray — which simulates a cell phone tower in order to trick nearby mobile devices into connecting to it and revealing their location — police were able to track him to an apartment.

During proceedings in the case, authorities revealed that they had used the equipment at least 200 additional times since 2010 without disclosing this to courts and obtaining a warrant.

Although the specific device and manufacturer are identified in neither the one court document available for the 2008 case, nor in a video of a court proceeding, the ACLU says in a blog post today that the device is “likely a stingray made by the Florida-based Harris Corporation.”

Harris is the leading maker of stingrays in the U.S., and the ACLU has long suspected that the company has been loaning the devices to police departments throughout the state for product testing and promotional purposes. As the court document notes in the 2008 case, “the Tallahassee Police Department is not the owner of the equipment.”

The ACLU now suspects these police departments may have all signed non-disclosure agreements with the vendor and used the agreement to avoid disclosing their use of the equipment to courts.

“The police seem to have interpreted the agreement to bar them even from revealing their use of Stingrays to judges, who we usually rely on to provide oversight of police investigations,” the ACLU writes.

Harris refused to comment, instead redirecting questions to law enforcement.

The secretive technology is generically known as a stingray or IMSI catcher, but the Harris device is also specifically called the Stingray. When mobile phones — and other wireless communication devices like air cards — connect to the stingray, it can see and record their unique ID numbers and traffic data, as well as information that points to the device’s location. By moving the stingray around, authorities can triangulate the device’s location with much more precision than they can get through data obtained from a mobile network provider’s fixed tower location.

The government has long asserted that it doesn’t need to obtain a probable-cause warrant to use the devices because they don’t collect the content of phone calls and text messages but rather operate like pen-registers and trap-and-traces, collecting the equivalent of header information.

This is the first time, however, that a contract with the vendor has been cited as a reason for not obtaining a warrant.

The 2008 Florida case — State v. Thomas (.pdf) — is currently sealed, though the ACLU has filed a motion to unseal the records.

The case involves James L. Thomas who was convicted of sexual battery and petit theft.

According to the appellate court judges, after a young woman reported on September 13, 2008 that she had been raped and that her purse, containing a cell phone, had been stolen, police tracked the location of her phone about 24 hours later to the apartment of Thomas’ girlfriend.

“The investigators settled on a specific apartment ‘shortly after midnight’ or ‘approximately 1:00 to 2:00 a.m.’ on September 14, 2008,” the court wrote. “For the next few hours, six or seven police officers milled around outside the apartment, but made no effort to obtain a search warrant.”

They did not want to obtain a search warrant to enter the apartment “because they did not want to reveal information [to a judge] about the technology they used to track the cell phone signal,” the appellate judges note.

Around 5 a.m., police knocked on the apartment door, but the suspect’s girlfriend refused to let them in without a warrant. They forced their way in, ordered her and Thomas to exit, then searched the apartment. After they found the victim’s purse and cell phone, they arrested Thomas.

Authorities opted not to get a warrant either for the use of the Stingray or the search of the apartment, simply because they didn’t want to tell the judge what they were using to locate the suspect, a matter the ACLU finds troubling.

“Potentially unconstitutional government surveillance on this scale should not remain hidden from the public just because a private corporation desires secrecy. And it certainly should not be concealed from judges,” the ACLU noted.

Authorities even refused to tell Thomas’s attorney how they had tracked his client to the apartment. A judge finally forced the government to disclose the surveillance technique they had used, but only after the government insisted the court be closed. The proceedings were also sealed to prevent the information from leaking to the public.

The truth came out only after Thomas appealed his conviction, asserting that the police violated his Fourth Amendment right in seizing evidence.

It was in the unsealed appellate opinion that the ACLU discovered the reason for the secrecy.

The judges revealed that the reason authorities didn’t obtain a search warrant and didn’t want to disclose their surveillance technique in an open court was because of the NDA. But that wasn’t all. A video of oral arguments before the appellate judges revealed more.

When the government attorney tried to argue in court that the police had planned to obtain a warrant to enter the apartment, one of the judges interrupted.

“No, no, no, no, no,” he said. “I think this record makes it very clear they were not going to get a search warrant because they had never gotten a search warrant for this technology.”

His fellow judge then interjected loudly, “Two-hundred times they have not.”

The ACLU was surprised by the admission.

“[Wh]en police use invasive surveillance equipment to surreptitiously sweep up information about the locations and communications of large numbers of people, court oversight and public debate are essential,” the group noted in its post.

But the possibility that an NDA may have been the excuse for not disclosing the technology was an even greater concern. [A video of the oral arguments is available on the court's web site. Discussion of the technology begins at 9:15; mention of the 200 times they used the technology without a warrant occurs around 18:00.]

The ACLU has filed a Freedom of Information Act request with 30 police and sheriff departments in Florida to determine how widespread the use of the stingray is and how often its use has been concealed from courts.

Use of stingray technology goes back at least 20 years. In a 2009 Utah case, an FBI agent described using a cell site emulator more than 300 times over a decade and indicated that they were used on a daily basis by U.S. Marshals, the Secret Service, and other federal agencies.

The systems are not cheap. According to a 2008 price list obtained by Public Intelligence, the Harris Stingray was priced at $75,000 for the basic device, plus an additional $22,000 – $5,000 for various software packages for use with it. But the police in Florida appear to have obtained the devices for free or on lease from the maker.

While the government has argued in other cases that it does not need a warrant to use the devices, it conceded in one case in Arizona that it did need a warrant to use the device in that particular case because it involved locating a Verizon air card being used inside the suspect’s apartment.

In the Thomas case in Florida, however, the appellate judges noted that they were considering the suspect’s appeal only on grounds that police did not obtain a search warrant for his apartment, not on grounds that they did not obtain a search warrant for the use of the surveillance device.

“For purposes of decision, however, we assume the police acted lawfully up to the point that they forcibly entered the apartment,” they wrote in their November opinion. “It is not clear that there was ever a ruling on the legality of the cell phone tracking methods used below.”

The trial court initially ruled that the apartment search was legal, due to exigent circumstances, and therefore evidence obtained in the search was legal, but the appellate court reversed this and found that the girlfriend had only given her consent after she was forced to leave the apartment and stand outside in her night clothes, and after police had already begun to search the apartment.

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Is The Super Potent New Opiate Painkiller Zohydro Just Too Dangerous?

2/28/2014 @ 5:30AM

A new opiate painkiller with 5 to 10 times the power of Vicodin, set to hit the market in March, could trigger a disastrous spike in overdoses and deaths, says a powerful coalition of doctors, lawmakers, and addiction specialists.

In a strongly worded letter that could be titled “Just Say No to Zohydro” more than 40 experts urged the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to reconsider its approval of Zohydro ER, a potent extended release formulation of straight-up hydrocodone, citing its potential to add to the growing epidemic of painkiller addiction.

“In the midst of a severe drug addiction epidemic fueled by overprescribing of opioids, the very last thing the country needs is a new, dangerous, high-dose opioid,” the experts wrote, addressing FDA Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg, MD.

One member of the letter-writing coalition, Andrew Kolodny, president of the advocacy group Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing, was more blunt: “It’s a whopping dose of hydrocodone packed in an easy-to-crush capsule. It will kill people as soon as it’s released.”

This isn’t the first group of experts to beg the FDA to reconsider. A coalition of Congressional representatives and state Attorney Generals has also urged the FDA to listen to its own advisory panel, which voted 11 to 2 against approving Zohydro.

What’s all the fuss about? Plenty. Zohydro is so strong that someone new to opioids could die of an overdose from just two pills, the experts say. And a child could die from ingesting just one capsule. According to the FDA’s review, the relief – or the high – of Zohydro can last up to 12 hours per dose.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/melaniehaiken/2014/02/28/is-zohydro-the-super-potent-new-opiate-painkiller-just-too-dangerous/

Crystal


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