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>>>PICK A PLACE ANYWHERE IN THE>>>PICK A PLACE ANYWHERE IN THE COUNTRY. COUNTRY. ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW IS THE ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW IS THE STATE TO START. STATE TO START. PICK SOMEWHERE YOU ARE FAMILIAR PICK SOMEWHERE YOU ARE FAMILIAR WITH OR WHERE YOU GREW UP. WITH OR WHERE YOU GREW UP. SAY SOUTH CAROLINA. SAY SOUTH CAROLINA. THEN ADD THE COUNTY. THEN ADD THE COUNTY. SAY CHARLESTON COUNTY. SAY CHARLESTON COUNTY. CLICK SUBMIT AND LOOK. CLICK SUBMIT AND LOOK. THIS AMAZING TOOL SHOWS YOU THIS AMAZING TOOL SHOWS YOU WHICH DISTRIBUTORS WERE GETTING WHICH DISTRIBUTORS WERE GETTING PILLS FROM OPIOID MANUFACTURERS PILLS FROM OPIOID MANUFACTURERS AND DISTRIBUTING IN YOUR COUNTY. AND DISTRIBUTING IN YOUR COUNTY. IT SHOWS YOU WHICH MANUFACTURERS IT SHOWS YOU WHICH MANUFACTURERS WERE ALSO SHIPPING PILLS TO WERE ALSO SHIPPING PILLS TO THOSE DISTRIBUTORS IN YOUR THOSE DISTRIBUTORS IN YOUR COUNTY. COUNTY. THEN LOOK AT THE NEXT COLUMN. THEN LOOK AT THE NEXT COLUMN. PHARMACIES. PHARMACIES. YOU CAN GO DRUGSTORE BY YOU CAN GO DRUGSTORE BY DRUGSTORE. DRUGSTORE. IF YOU WANT TO KNOW HOW MANY IF YOU WANT TO KNOW HOW MANY PILLS THEY ARE DISTRIBUTING, YOU PILLS THEY ARE DISTRIBUTING, YOU CAN GO STORE BY STORE BY STORE. CAN GO STORE BY STORE BY STORE. PHARMACY BY PHARMACY AND IF YOU PHARMACY BY PHARMACY AND IF YOU WANT TO KNOW HOW TO MAKE SENSE WANT TO KNOW HOW TO MAKE SENSE OF THE NUMBERS BEING OF THE NUMBERS BEING DISTRIBUTED, HERE’S AN EASY DISTRIBUTED, HERE’S AN EASY DISTILLATION. DISTILLATION. HOW MANY HIGHLY ADDICTIVE PILLS HOW MANY HIGHLY ADDICTIVE PILLS WERE THEY PUSHING INTO YOUR TOWN WERE THEY PUSHING INTO YOUR TOWN THROUGH THESE INDIVIDUAL THROUGH THESE INDIVIDUAL DRUGSTORES AND PHARMACIES? DRUGSTORES AND PHARMACIES? YOU CAN TELL THE NUMBER OF PAIN YOU CAN TELL THE NUMBER OF PAIN PILLS PER PERSON PER YEAR BEING PILLS PER PERSON PER YEAR BEING DISTRIBUTED INTO YOUR COUNTY. DISTRIBUTED INTO YOUR COUNTY. YOU CAN DO IT THROUGH THE YOU CAN DO IT THROUGH THE WEBSITE OF THE “WASHINGTON WEBSITE OF THE “WASHINGTON POST.” POST.” WE POSTED THE LINK SO IT’S EASY WE POSTED THE LINK SO IT’S EASY TO FIND. TO FIND. YOU CAN DO THIS FOR ANY COUNTY YOU CAN DO THIS FOR ANY COUNTY IN THE COUNTRY. IN THE COUNTRY. THE REASON YOU CAN DO THIS NOW THE REASON YOU CAN DO THIS NOW IS BECAUSE IT TURNS OUT THERE IS IS BECAUSE IT TURNS OUT THERE IS A DATABASE OF EVERY SINGLE A DATABASE OF EVERY SINGLE OPIOID PILL LEGALLY SOLD IN THE OPIOID PILL LEGALLY SOLD IN THE COUNTRY. COUNTRY. EVERY PILL DOWN TO THE ONE. EVERY PILL DOWN TO THE ONE. IT’S A LIST MAINTAINED BY THE IT’S A LIST MAINTAINED BY THE DEA THAT TRACKS EVERY PILL FROM DEA THAT TRACKS EVERY PILL FROM THE DRUG MANUFACTURERS TO THE THE DRUG MANUFACTURERS TO THE DISTRIBUTORS TO THE INDIVIDUAL DISTRIBUTORS TO THE INDIVIDUAL PHARMACIES. PHARMACIES. ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY. ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY. IT EXISTS SO THE DEA CAN TRACK IT EXISTS SO THE DEA CAN TRACK SUSPICIOUS SALES. SUSPICIOUS SALES. THE BIG PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES THE BIG PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES ARE REQUIRED TO REPORT A PAIN ARE REQUIRED TO REPORT A PAIN PILL TO THE DEA. PILL TO THE DEA. THAT’S HOW THE DATABASE EXISTS. THAT’S HOW THE DATABASE EXISTS. WHO HAS ACCESS? WHO HAS ACCESS? IT HAS BEEN KEPT SECRET AND IT HAS BEEN KEPT SECRET AND HIDDEN FROM THE PUBLIC VIEW HIDDEN FROM THE PUBLIC VIEW UNTIL NOW. UNTIL NOW. A TEAM OF REPORTERS FROM “THE A TEAM OF REPORTERS FROM “THE WASHINGTON POST” AND THE GAZETTE WASHINGTON POST” AND THE GAZETTE MAIL HAVE BEEN TRYING TO GET MAIL HAVE BEEN TRYING TO GET ACCESS FOR A COUPLE OF YEARS ACCESS FOR A COUPLE OF YEARS NOW. NOW. THE POST FILED A FREEDOM OF THE POST FILED A FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT FOR THE DATABASE INFORMATION ACT FOR THE DATABASE AND IT WAS DENIED. AND IT WAS DENIED. THE GOVERNMENT DID NOT WANT THE THE GOVERNMENT DID NOT WANT THE DATABASE MADE PUBLIC. DATABASE MADE PUBLIC. MORE IMPORTANTLY, THE DRUG MORE IMPORTANTLY, THE DRUG COMPANIES REALLY, REALLY DIDN’T COMPANIES REALLY, REALLY DIDN’T WANT IT MEATADE PUBLIC. WANT IT MEATADE PUBLIC. THEY TRIED TO PRY THIS THEY TRIED TO PRY THIS INFORMATION LOOSE AND IF WHAT INFORMATION LOOSE AND IF WHAT PILLS WENT WHERE WAS MADE PILLS WENT WHERE WAS MADE PUBLIC, IT MIGHT GIVE THE DRUG PUBLIC, IT MIGHT GIVE THE DRUG COMPANIES AN ADVANTAGE IN THE COMPANIES AN ADVANTAGE IN THE MARKETPLACE WHERE THE HUNGRIEST MARKETPLACE WHERE THE HUNGRIEST MOST ADDICTED MARKETS WERE. MOST ADDICTED MARKETS WERE. VALUABLE INFORMATION. VALUABLE INFORMATION. YOU KNOW HOW MANY PILLS YOU CAN YOU KNOW HOW MANY PILLS YOU CAN SELL? SELL? WE CAN’T LET THAT INFORMATION WE CAN’T LET THAT INFORMATION OUT THERE. OUT THERE. THE DRUG COMPANIES HAVE TO THE DRUG COMPANIES HAVE TO SUBMIT INFORMATION THAT ENDS UP SUBMIT INFORMATION THAT ENDS UP IN THE DATABASE AND THE DATABASE IN THE DATABASE AND THE DATABASE IS KEPT SECRET. IS KEPT SECRET. THE REPORTERS WERE TRYING TO GET THE REPORTERS WERE TRYING TO GET IT MADE PUBLICLY AVAILABLE, MADE IT MADE PUBLICLY AVAILABLE, MADE PUBLIC TO THEM IN THEIR PUBLIC TO THEM IN THEIR NEWSPAPERS. NEWSPAPERS. “THE WASHINGTON POST” AND THE “THE WASHINGTON POST” AND THE GAZETTE MAIL SAW A WINDOW WITH A GAZETTE MAIL SAW A WINDOW WITH A FEDERAL JUDGE OVERSEEING THE FEDERAL JUDGE OVERSEEING THE SINGLE LARGEST CIVIL ACTION IN SINGLE LARGEST CIVIL ACTION IN U.S. HISTORY. U.S. HISTORY. IT’S A CASE THAT CONSOLIDATED IT’S A CASE THAT CONSOLIDATED ABOUT 2,000 DIFFERENT CASES ALL ABOUT 2,000 DIFFERENT CASES ALL BROUGHT BY STATE AND LOCAL BROUGHT BY STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS AGAINST THE BIG GOVERNMENTS AGAINST THE BIG COMPANIES THAT MAKE AND SELL THE COMPANIES THAT MAKE AND SELL THE PILLS. PILLS. THAT FEDERAL JUDGE PREVIOUSLY THAT FEDERAL JUDGE PREVIOUSLY ALLOWED SOME OF THE PLAINTIFFS ALLOWED SOME OF THE PLAINTIFFS IN THAT CASE TO THEMSELVES IN THAT CASE TO THEMSELVES ACCESS SOME OF DATA FROM THIS ACCESS SOME OF DATA FROM THIS BIG IMPORTANT MIND BLOWING BIG IMPORTANT MIND BLOWING DATABASE. DATABASE. IT WAS UNDER A PROTECTIVE ORDER. IT WAS UNDER A PROTECTIVE ORDER. EVEN THOUGH THEY COULD SEE IT, EVEN THOUGH THEY COULD SEE IT, THEY COULDN’T TELL ANYBODY ABOUT THEY COULDN’T TELL ANYBODY ABOUT WHAT THEY COULD FIND THERE. WHAT THEY COULD FIND THERE. IN A LEGAL PROCEEDING, THAT’S IN A LEGAL PROCEEDING, THAT’S KNOWN AS A GOOD PLACE TO START. KNOWN AS A GOOD PLACE TO START. SO THE GOOD FOLKS AT “THE SO THE GOOD FOLKS AT “THE WASHINGTON POST” TRIED TO BUILD WASHINGTON POST” TRIED TO BUILD ON THAT AND FILED TO INTERVENE ON THAT AND FILED TO INTERVENE IN THE CASE SAYING IF YOU CAN IN THE CASE SAYING IF YOU CAN LET THE LOCALITIES SEE THIS LET THE LOCALITIES SEE THIS STUFF, WE AS NEWS ORGANIZATIONS STUFF, WE AS NEWS ORGANIZATIONS AND THROUGH US, THE PUBLIC WE AND THROUGH US, THE PUBLIC WE SHOULD BE ABLE TO GET ACCESS TO SHOULD BE ABLE TO GET ACCESS TO THE DATABASE, TOO. THE DATABASE, TOO. THE JUDGE TOLD THEM NO. THE JUDGE TOLD THEM NO. BUT THE NEWSPAPERS DIDN’T ACCEPT BUT THE NEWSPAPERS DIDN’T ACCEPT THAT ANSWER. THAT ANSWER. THEY APPEALED THE JUDGE’S RULING THEY APPEALED THE JUDGE’S RULING AND LAWYERS ARGUED THAT THIS AND LAWYERS ARGUED THAT THIS INFORMATION SERVED A PUBLIC NEED INFORMATION SERVED A PUBLIC NEED TO KNOW. TO KNOW. IT WOULD SERVE THE PUBLIC IT WOULD SERVE THE PUBLIC INTEREST AND UNDERSTANDING AND INTEREST AND UNDERSTANDING AND FIGHTING THE OPIOID CRISIS TO FIGHTING THE OPIOID CRISIS TO KNOW WHICH MANUFACTURERS AND KNOW WHICH MANUFACTURERS AND WHICH DISTRIBUTORS SENT HOW MANY WHICH DISTRIBUTORS SENT HOW MANY DRUGS WHERE AND WHICH DRUGSTORES DRUGS WHERE AND WHICH DRUGSTORES SOLD THEM. SOLD THEM. ULTIMATELY IT WAS A FEDERAL ULTIMATELY IT WAS A FEDERAL APPEARS COURT THAT AGREED WITH APPEARS COURT THAT AGREED WITH THE NEWS ORGANIZATIONS ON THIS THE NEWS ORGANIZATIONS ON THIS AND RULED IN THEIR FAVOR. AND RULED IN THEIR FAVOR. THE DATA WILL AID US IN THE DATA WILL AID US IN UNDERSTANDING THE ENORMITY OF UNDERSTANDING THE ENORMITY OF THE EPIDEMIC AND AID US IN THE EPIDEMIC AND AID US IN ENDING IT. ENDING IT. WITH THAT, SIX YEARS OF DATA WITH THAT, SIX YEARS OF DATA FROM THIS MASSIVE DATABASE FROM THIS MASSIVE DATABASE TRACKING EVERY OPIOID PILL SOLD TRACKING EVERY OPIOID PILL SOLD IN AMERICA WAS MADE AVAILABLE TO IN AMERICA WAS MADE AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC. THE PUBLIC. AND THE MOST MADE THIS WIDGET AND THE MOST MADE THIS WIDGET THAT ALLOWS YOU TO ACCESS IT IN THAT ALLOWS YOU TO ACCESS IT IN THIS CONVENIENCE WAY. THIS CONVENIENCE WAY. YOU CAN GET THIS DATA FOR ANY YOU CAN GET THIS DATA FOR ANY PLACE IN THE COUNTRY. PLACE IN THE COUNTRY. PUT IN THE STATE AND THE COUNTY. PUT IN THE STATE AND THE COUNTY. IT IS AMAZING TO SCROLL AROUND. IT IS AMAZING TO SCROLL AROUND. IF YOU PICK THE COUNTY WHERE YOU IF YOU PICK THE COUNTY WHERE YOU KNOW AND CLICK ON THAT, YOU WILL KNOW AND CLICK ON THAT, YOU WILL RECOGNIZE THE PHARMACIES THAT RECOGNIZE THE PHARMACIES THAT POP UP. POP UP. NOW THAT WE HAVE ACCESS THANKS NOW THAT WE HAVE ACCESS THANKS TO THE REPORTERS IN THEIR LEGAL TO THE REPORTERS IN THEIR LEGAL INTERVENTION, WE CAN ALL NOW SEE INTERVENTION, WE CAN ALL NOW SEE FOR THE FIRST TIME WHAT HAS BEEN FOR THE FIRST TIME WHAT HAS BEEN GOING ON DOWN TO THE INDIVIDUAL GOING ON DOWN TO THE INDIVIDUAL PILL. PILL. THE NUMBER OF PILLS THE COMPANY THE NUMBER OF PILLS THE COMPANY SOLD IN THE-YEAR TIME FRAME ARE SOLD IN THE-YEAR TIME FRAME ARE STAGGERING. STAGGERING. FAR EXCEEDING WHAT PREVIOUSLY FAR EXCEEDING WHAT PREVIOUSLY HAS BEEN DISCLOSED IN LIMITED HAS BEEN DISCLOSED IN LIMITED FILINGS AND NEWS STORIES. FILINGS AND NEWS STORIES. FAR EXCEEDING. FAR EXCEEDING. I WONDER WHY THEY DIDN’T WANT I WONDER WHY THEY DIDN’T WANT ANYBODY TO SEE IT. ANYBODY TO SEE IT. YOU MAY NOT WANT THE COUNTRY TO YOU MAY NOT WANT THE COUNTRY TO KNOW YOU ARE SHIPPING OUT MORE KNOW YOU ARE SHIPPING OUT MORE THAN 12 BILLION HIGHLY ADDICTED THAN 12 BILLION HIGHLY ADDICTED PAIN PILLS IN A YEAR. PAIN PILLS IN A YEAR. 12 BILLION PILLS TO A COUNTRY 12 BILLION PILLS TO A COUNTRY WITH ONLY 320 MILLION PEOPLE IN WITH ONLY 320 MILLION PEOPLE IN IT. IT. I PROBABLY WOULDN’T WANT ANYBODY I PROBABLY WOULDN’T WANT ANYBODY DOWNLOADING THAT DATA EITHER. DOWNLOADING THAT DATA EITHER. WHAT THE POST HAS BEEN ABLE TO WHAT THE POST HAS BEEN ABLE TO GET THEIR HANDS ON IS DATA FROM GET THEIR HANDS ON IS DATA FROM 2006 TO 2012. 2006 TO 2012. ALL THE REPORTERS WERE ABLE TO ALL THE REPORTERS WERE ABLE TO GET OUT OF THE COURTS. GET OUT OF THE COURTS. ONE OF THE AMAZING THINGS IS SO ONE OF THE AMAZING THINGS IS SO MANY MORE BILLIONS OF PILLS WERE MANY MORE BILLIONS OF PILLS WERE BEING SHIPPED OUT THAN ANYBODY BEING SHIPPED OUT THAN ANYBODY KNEW ABOUT, BUT ALSO IT GOT KNEW ABOUT, BUT ALSO IT GOT WORSE AND WORSE OVERTIME. WORSE AND WORSE OVERTIME. AGAIN, THIS IS A SEVEN-YEAR AGAIN, THIS IS A SEVEN-YEAR PERIOD STARTING IN 2006. PERIOD STARTING IN 2006. OVER THE YEARS FROM 2006 TO 2012 OVER THE YEARS FROM 2006 TO 2012 LIT THE COUNTRY ON FIRE. LIT THE COUNTRY ON FIRE. THE DEATH RATE STARTED THE DEATH RATE STARTED SKYROCKETING AND THE COUNTRY SKYROCKETING AND THE COUNTRY STARTED FREAKING OUT ABOUT IT. STARTED FREAKING OUT ABOUT IT. OVER THE COURSE OF THOSE SEVEN OVER THE COURSE OF THOSE SEVEN YEARS, WHILE 100,000 AMERICANS YEARS, WHILE 100,000 AMERICANS WERE KILLED BY THE DRUGS, WE CAN WERE KILLED BY THE DRUGS, WE CAN TELL THEY KEPT UPPING THE TELL THEY KEPT UPPING THE NUMBERS THEY WERE SHIPPING. NUMBERS THEY WERE SHIPPING. THEY WERE AT 84 IN 2006. THEY WERE AT 84 IN 2006. IN 2012, THEY WERE UP TO 12.6 IN 2012, THEY WERE UP TO 12.6 BILLION PILLS. BILLION PILLS. THAT MEANT THEY WERE SHIPPING ON THAT MEANT THEY WERE SHIPPING ON AVERAGE 36 HIGHLY ADDICTIVE PAIN AVERAGE 36 HIGHLY ADDICTIVE PAIN PILLS FOR EVERY MAN, WAND PILLS FOR EVERY MAN, WAND BABY IN THE UNITED STATES. BABY IN THE UNITED STATES. YOU CAN CHECK TO SEE IF YOUR YOU CAN CHECK TO SEE IF YOUR COUNTY IS ON PAR FOR THAT OR IF COUNTY IS ON PAR FOR THAT OR IF YOUR COUNTY WENT WHOLE HOG. YOUR COUNTY WENT WHOLE HOG. THE PER PERSON AVERAGE IN 2012 THE PER PERSON AVERAGE IN 2012 IS 36 OF THESE PILLS FOR EVERY IS 36 OF THESE PILLS FOR EVERY MAN, WOMAN, AND CHILD. MAN, WOMAN, AND CHILD. 36. 36. IN NORTON, VIRGINIA, THE IN NORTON, VIRGINIA, THE SMALLEST CITY IN RARE VIRVIRGINI SMALLEST CITY IN RARE VIRVIRGINI WERE NOT SHIPPING 36 PER PERSON. WERE NOT SHIPPING 36 PER PERSON. THEY WERE SHIPPING 306 PILLS PER THEY WERE SHIPPING 306 PILLS PER PERSON. PERSON. OVER THE COURSE OF JUST ONE OVER THE COURSE OF JUST ONE YEAR. YEAR. IT’S ASTONISHING. IT’S ASTONISHING. THE OTHER THING THAT’S AMAZING THE OTHER THING THAT’S AMAZING IS IT DOESN’T JUST TELL US HOW IS IT DOESN’T JUST TELL US HOW THEY WENT UP AND UP AS THE THEY WENT UP AND UP AS THE COUNTRY GOT MORE AND MORE COUNTRY GOT MORE AND MORE ADDICTED, BUT WHAT THE COMPANIES ADDICTED, BUT WHAT THE COMPANIES KNEW ABOUT THEIR OWN BEHAVIOR. KNEW ABOUT THEIR OWN BEHAVIOR. THIS IS WHAT THEY KNEW THEY WERE THIS IS WHAT THEY KNEW THEY WERE DOING. DOING. THEIR OWN DATA THEY PLUGGED IN. THEIR OWN DATA THEY PLUGGED IN. THEY KNEW. THEY KNEW. THIS COMPANY’S SPECK KNEW THEY THIS COMPANY’S SPECK KNEW THEY WERE SHIPPING 4.7 MILLION HIGHLY WERE SHIPPING 4.7 MILLION HIGHLY ADDICTIVE PILLS THAT YEAR INTO A ADDICTIVE PILLS THAT YEAR INTO A TOWN OF 4,000 PEOPLE. TOWN OF 4,000 PEOPLE. 4.7 MILLION PILLS? 4.7 MILLION PILLS? WAL-MART KNEW IT ALONE WAS WAL-MART KNEW IT ALONE WAS DISTRIBUTING 3.4 MILLION DISTRIBUTING 3.4 MILLION HIGHEELY ADDICTIVE PILLS INTO A HIGHEELY ADDICTIVE PILLS INTO A TOWN OF 4,000 PEOPLE. TOWN OF 4,000 PEOPLE. THE DATABASE REVEAL WHAT IS EACH THE DATABASE REVEAL WHAT IS EACH KNEW ABOUT THE NUMBER OF PILLS KNEW ABOUT THE NUMBER OF PILLS THEY WERE SHIPPING AND DISPENSE THEY WERE SHIPPING AND DISPENSE WHEN THEY WERE AWARE OF THOSE WHEN THEY WERE AWARE OF THOSE VOLUMES AND CASE AFTER CASE, THE VOLUMES AND CASE AFTER CASE, THE COMPANY ALLOWED THE DRUGS TO COMPANY ALLOWED THE DRUGS TO REACH THE STREETS OF COMMUNITIES REACH THE STREETS OF COMMUNITIES LARGE AND SMALL DESPITE RED LARGE AND SMALL DESPITE RED FLAGS THEY WERE BEING SOLD IN FLAGS THEY WERE BEING SOLD IN VIOLATION AND DIVERTED TO THE VIOLATION AND DIVERTED TO THE BLACK MARKET. BLACK MARKET. THEY HAVE BEEN REPORTEDING OUT THEY HAVE BEEN REPORTEDING OUT THE DETAILS THAT THEY PRIED THE DETAILS THAT THEY PRIED LOOSE FROM THE GOVERNMENT AND LOOSE FROM THE GOVERNMENT AND THEY TO THEIR CREDIT RELEASED IT THEY TO THEIR CREDIT RELEASED IT FOR EVERYONE TO SEE FOR YOUR OWN FOR EVERYONE TO SEE FOR YOUR OWN COMMUNITY. COMMUNITY. CLICK ON YOUR STATE AND COUNTY CLICK ON YOUR STATE AND COUNTY AND SEE THE NUMBER OF PILLS PER AND SEE THE NUMBER OF PILLS PER PERSON UNLEASHED ON YOUR PERSON UNLEASHED ON YOUR COMMUNITY. COMMUNITY. IT’S A REMARKABLE TOOL. IT’S A REMARKABLE TOOL. WE HAVE IT FOR SEVEN YEARS. WE HAVE IT FOR SEVEN YEARS. HOPEFULLY FOR EVERY YEAR. HOPEFULLY FOR EVERY YEAR. A LOT OF COMPANIES WANTED TO A LOT OF COMPANIES WANTED TO KEEP IT SECRET. KEEP IT SECRET. NOW WE ALL HAVE ACCESS THANKS TO NOW WE ALL HAVE ACCESS THANKS TO THE JOURNALISTS AND THANKS TO THE JOURNALISTS AND THANKS TO “THE WASHINGTON POST” AND WEST “THE WASHINGTON POST” AND WEST VIRGINIA’S CHARLESTON GAZETTE VIRGINIA’S CHARLESTON GAZETTE MAIL. MAIL. I DON’T KNOW IF YOU LOVE OR HATE I DON’T KNOW IF YOU LOVE OR HATE YOUR LOCAL PAPER OR DON’T YOUR LOCAL PAPER OR DON’T REMEMBER, BUT REGARDLESS, DO IT REMEMBER, BUT REGARDLESS, DO IT ANYWAY. ANYWAY. SUBSCRIBE TO YOUR LOCAL PAPER. SUBSCRIBE TO YOUR LOCAL PAPER. YOUR COUNTRY NEEDS YOU TO. YOUR COUNTRY NEEDS YOU TO. SEE OW MONDAY. SEE OW MONDAY. NOW JOY REED. NOW JOY REED. I TOOK YOUR FIRST 58 SECONDS. I TOOK YOUR FIRST 58 SECONDS.>>IT WAS VERY MUCH WORTH IT.>>IT WAS VERY MUCH WORTH IT. THIS IS DRUG DEALING AND YOU THIS IS DRUG DEALING AND YOU TRANSPORT THIS BACK, THESE ARE TRANSPORT THIS BACK, THESE ARE DRUG DEALERS. DRUG DEALERS. WE ARE TREATING IT BECAUSE IT’S WE ARE TREATING IT BECAUSE IT’S PRESCRIPTIONS, SOMETHING OTHER PRESCRIPTIONS, SOMETHING OTHER THAN DRUG DEALING. THAN DRUG DEALING. THIS IS MASSIVE NATIONAL DRUG THIS IS MASSIVE NATIONAL DRUG DEALING RINGS. DEALING RINGS.>>AT A CORPORATE SCALE AND WITH>>AT A CORPORATE SCALE AND WITH CORPORATE DATA MANAGEMENT TO CORPORATE DATA MANAGEMENT TO MATCH. MATCH. FOR WAL-MART TO KNOW, WAL-MART FOR WAL-MART TO KNOW, WAL-MART TO HIDE THE INFORMATION THAT TO HIDE THE INFORMATION THAT THEY HAVE 4,000 PEOPLE IN THEY HAVE 4,000 PEOPLE IN VIRGINIA, THEY SHIPPED 3.4 VIRGINIA, THEY SHIPPED 3.4 MILLION OPIOID PILLS INTO A TOWN MILLION OPIOID PILLS INTO A TOWN OF 4,000 PEOPLE OVER ONE YEAR. OF 4,000 PEOPLE OVER ONE YEAR. THEY KNEW THAT. THEY KNEW THAT. THEY HAD THAT INFORMATION AND THEY HAD THAT INFORMATION AND THEY DID IT ANYWAY AND IT GOT THEY DID IT ANYWAY AND IT GOT WORSE. WORSE. ALL THE COMPANIES KNEW IT AND WE ALL THE COMPANIES KNEW IT AND WE NEVER HAD THE DATA TO PROVE IT NEVER HAD THE DATA TO PROVE IT BEFORE. BEFORE.>>NOW WE DO AND WAL-MART IS>>NOW WE DO AND WAL-MART IS PREYING ON THE POOR. PREYING ON THE POOR. MASSIVE EPIDEMICS. MASSIVE EPIDEMICS. THEY KIND OF EXTRAPOLATE. THEY KIND OF EXTRAPOLATE. WHEN PEOPLE ARE ADDICTED, WHEN PEOPLE ARE ADDICTED, SOMETIMES THEY GO AND MIGRATE TO SOMETIMES THEY GO AND MIGRATE TO OTHER NARCOTICS. OTHER NARCOTICS. IT’S LIKE A COMBINATION OF THE IT’S LIKE A COMBINATION OF THE DRUG DEALING EPIDEMIC OF THE DRUG DEALING EPIDEMIC OF THE 1980s. 1980s. JUST CONSTANT DRUG DEALING. JUST CONSTANT DRUG DEALING. ALONG WITH THE TOBACCO INDUSTRY. ALONG WITH THE TOBACCO INDUSTRY. THEY KNEW IT WAS KILLING PEOPLE. THEY KNEW IT WAS KILLING PEOPLE. IT’S LIKE THOSE TWO SCANDALS IT’S LIKE THOSE TWO SCANDALS COMBINED. COMBINED.>>IT IS.>>IT IS. ACTUALLY THE LEGAL EFFORT AROUND ACTUALLY THE LEGAL EFFORT AROUND TRYING TO HOLD THE COMPANIES TO TRYING TO HOLD THE COMPANIES TO ACCOUNT PARALLELS THE TOBACCO ACCOUNT PARALLELS THE TOBACCO INDUSTRY INDUSTRY MORE THAN INDUSTRY INDUSTRY MORE THAN ANYTHING ELSE. ANYTHING ELSE. THE DIFFERENCE IS THAT THE PILLS THE DIFFERENCE IS THAT THE PILLS THAT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT AS THAT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT AS OPPOSED TO TOBACCO ARE ALL THE OPPOSED TO TOBACCO ARE ALL THE MORE DEADLY. MORE DEADLY.>>IT’S INSANE.>>IT’S INSANE.>>AND AMAZING WORK OF PUBLIC>>AND AMAZING WORK OF PUBLIC SERVICE JOURNALISM. SERVICE JOURNALISM.>>KEEP JOURNALISM GOING.

Dragonflies, along with other insects and birds, make a splash on Doppler radar

Dragonflies, along with other insects and birds, make a splash on Doppler radar


THIS WEEK — YOU MAY HAVE NOTICED SOME LARGE INSECTS CIRCLING OVERHEAD, OR LANDING ON YOUR WINDSHIELD. MARK: ESPECIALLY IF YOU LIVE NORTH OF COLUMBUS. MARK: STORM TEAM FOUR METEOROLOGIST BEN GELBER JOINS US NOW TO EXPLAIN WHAT MIGHT BE GOING ON IN OUR BACKYARDS. BEN: THE AERIAL ACROBATICS OF DRAGON AND DAMSELFLIES WERE ACTUALLY PICKED UP BY NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR MOVING AWAY FROM LAKE ERIE. SWARMS OF DRAGONFLIES, MIXED WITH BUGS AND BIRDS, LOOKED LIKE RAIN, BUT THE SKY WAS FAIR. WE KNOW INSECTS, BATS AND BIRDS REFLECT DOPPLER MICROWAVE PULSES BACK TO THE RADAR SITE, JUST LIKE RAINDROPS PUSHED BY THE WIND, BUT THIS WAS EXTRAORDINARY. BEN: RESIDENTS OF NORTHEASTERN OHIO SAID THEY HAD NEVER EXPERIENCED SUCH LARGE SWARMS LIKE THIS IN THE YOUNGSTOWN AREA DRUING THE ANNUAL MIGRATION. THERE ARE FOURTEEN SPECIES OF DRAGONFLIES THAT TRAVEL BACK TO FLORIDA AND MEXICO IN MID-SEPTEMBER THAT SPEND THE SUMMER IN THE SWAMPLANDS AROUND THE LAKE, PUTTING US IN THEIR FLIGHT PATH — ALONG WITH MONARCH BUTTERFLIES. DAVID SHETLAR/OSU ENTOMOLOGIST: “WE HAD THAT SUPER WET SPRING AND EARLY SUMMER. THAT CREATED A LOT OF TEMPORARY WATER POOLS.” “THE DRAGONFLIES, WHEN YOU SEEN THEM SWARMING OVER A FIELD GOING BACK AND FORTH, THEY’RE PICKING OFF INSECTS.” “DRAGONFLIES ARE ABSOLUTELY HARMLESS. THEY DON’T HAVE A STINGER, OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT. SOME OF THE BIG ONES, IF YOU GET YOUR FINGER IN THEIR MOUTH COULD BITE YOU.” “GET USED TO IT. YOU KNOW AS A METEOROLOGIST WE’RE GOING TO HAVE MORE EXTREME WEATHER.” BEN THOSE DASHING DRAGONFLIES WILL BE AROUND FOR ANOTHER WEEK, THOUGH IN SMALLER NUMBERS. BEN BACK IN THE DINOSAUR ERA, THERE WAS A DRAGONFLY THAT HAD A THREE-FOOT WINGSPAN. MARK: CHAT ALRIGHT — TIME NOW FOR A CHECK

Here’s How The Crack Epidemic Brought A City To Its Knees

Here’s How The Crack Epidemic Brought A City To Its Knees


My name is Aaron Williams. I’m a journalist from Compton, California. I’ve been researching the effects of the crack
epidemic for over a decade. Crack is a processed version of the party
drug cocaine in rock form. I did try it and from that moment on I was
chasing the initial high. It goes directly to the pleasure center of
your brain. There’s just no escape from it once you’re
addicted. Everybody lost their minds. [Song Lyrics] One dollar, two dollar, three
dollar, four, and the young baby momma and her daughter going broke. Increase violence, gangs, riots. The Crips and the Bloods have swarmed eastward. The use of crack increasing quickly. Fearlessly setting up an open-air drug market. The reaction of mainstream America was, “Oh
my God. “Oh my God. We have to fix this immediately.” They work every day to plot a new and better
way to steal our children’s’ lives. [singing] Just say no… That was right around the time that D.A.R.E.
came out. The egg and the skillet. This is your brain on drugs. …danger of crack. Thousands of dollars in cash and firearms… Enough is enough. Trying to fix things without knowing how they
got broken in the first place is a great way to break them worse. Ah! Ah! You had Ronald Reagan getting involved. Retribution must be swift and sure for those
who decide to make a career of praying on for those who decide to make a career of praying on the innocent. You have the militarized police. I’ve seen plenty of raids in my lifetime. If you’ve ever seen the movie ‘Straight Outta
Compton’ where the tank rams in the door, that was right around the corner from my house. I remember thinking, ‘That’s a house. People live there.’ If you were caught with rock cocaine they
were getting these sentences for twenty-five years. You’ve got to have mandatory laws. You’ve got to show people if you arrest them,
we’re going to keep them. Put handcuffs on her, get her out of here. People are going in at twenty and coming out
at forty-five. How are we suppose to build a community that
way? You had this proxy war going on. A Senate investigative panel found that there
were people associated with the CIA who were involved with drug trafficking. One of the motives was to raise money for
the Contras in Nicaragua. Tonight I can report to you that we’ve made
much progress. It’s almost hard to comprehend what might
have been if not for this crack scourge that raced through Los Angeles and other major
cities. Today, the perception is of crack users as losers. We still need treatment programs. And I think that we still need to decriminalize. Our Mayor, Aja Brown, has done such a tremendous
job of bringing jobs and employment back to Compton. Crime rate has gone down. Things can and should and will get better. But we have to work for it.