How to Dispose of Expired DrugsIf you’re like many Americans, your medicine cabinet is full of pill bottles you no longer use — stamped with expiration dates that passed ages ago. Those expiration dates are intended to represent the last date on which manufacturers can guarantee that drugs are both potent and safe.

Interestingly, a groundbreaking Food and Drug Administration study found that some drugs are safe and effective over a decade after their expiration date. That doesn’t mean, however, that it’s prudent to let expired drugs sit around. If accidentally ingested, unwanted pills could prove dangerous or even deadly. This is particularly true for medications that contain controlled substances. Sometimes, a single pill is all it takes to cause damage. Accidental ingestion is far more likely with forgotten medications that are improperly labeled or left in easily accessible locations.

If you have children at home or otherwise suspect that expired pills could be accidentally ingested, it’s best to take action now. Below, we offer instructions for safely disposing of prescription pills.

Impaired Driving and AlcoholWhile drunk drivers have always been a serious problem on American roadways, in recent years, driving under the influence of drugs has become increasingly more prevalent nationwide, including in Illinois. The Governors Highly Safety Association (GHSA) released a vehicle crash data report involving fatally injured drivers. Studies have shown that nearly 45% of all driver suffering a fatal injury tested positive for drugs in their system, which is a significant rise from a decade ago when 26% of fatally injured motorists tested positive.

The GHSA-funded report revealed that in 2016, 38% of the car accident fatalities involving drugs involved marijuana, 16% tested positive with opioids in their system and 4% had both. More than half tested positive for at least two drug and 49% drivers that suffered a fatal injury with alcohol in their system also had tested positive for drugs. Results of the study showed that the effects of driving while impaired with alcohol or drugs tend to produce comparable results. However, law enforcement faces many challenges in identifying drug-impaired motorists behind the wheel. It can be extremely difficult to automatically detect a drug impairment. While there are dozens of illegal drugs and prescription medications that can impair a driver’s ability to operate their vehicle safely, developing an effective field test that can identify the diversity of most medications can be overwhelming. Currently, no equipment exists to help police officers measure drug impairment reliably while conducting a traffic stop. Presently, crash investigators must rely on of other methods including toxicology tests to establish legal liability.

The report shows that marijuana use while driving continues to increase at an alarming rate. In April 2017, twenty-nine states and the District of Columbia allow the use of marijuana for medical purposes. Most recently, West Virginia authorized their citizens to have legal access to medical marijuana starting in July 2019. Other states allow recreational use including California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon, Washington State and the District of Columbia. Additionally, there are thirteen states not listed above that no longer criminalize possession of marijuana in small amounts.

Death Row Last Meal Choices
Death sentences are decreasing in America, but the sentence is still applied in 31 states. One of the most traditional customs on death row is to offer a special final meal to sentenced prisoners prior to their death.

Throughout the last few decades, people facing the death penalty have chosen final meals ranging from indulgent to horrifying. Here are some of the strangest last meal requests from some of the most notorious criminals on death row.

Thomas J. Grasso, 1995

Construction Workers and Dangerous Work SitesA huge segment of the construction worker industry lost their jobs between 2006 and 2009 during the decline of the US economy when the residential housing industry collapsed, and millions lost their homes because they could no longer pay the mortgage attached to rising interest rates. In the last few years, the need for new houses, remodeled homes, and commercial properties has increased dramatically causing an increasing need to fill an average of 225,000 construction jobs every month.

Because there is a significant decrease in the number of available skill laborers, many contractors are hiring inexperienced workers to ensure their jobs are completed on time. Unfortunately, this has resulted in significant safety concerns about dangerous job sites. (For information on construction accident cases, look here)

Statistics maintained by the US Bureau of Labor and the National Association of Homebuilders show that more than 2.3 million jobs were lost in the construction industry in the five years between 2006 and 2011. Many of these workers had to permanently move away from their construction job and seek employment in other industries, which significantly decreased the number of skilled contractors and laborers trained in framing, bricklaying, concrete work, plumbing, electricity, drywall, roofing, and other needed construction occupations.

Nurses who are Underpaid who Continue to Take Care of Nursing Home PatientsFor years, a crisis has been brewing in the nursing home industry where certified nursing assistants have received low wages and poor/no benefits while providing care to their residents. Many of these nursing assistant jobs require the employee to work erratic hourly schedules for poor benefits, little pay, and usually no opportunity to advance in their career. These jobs have been associated with high injury rates and high turnover.

Approximately 50% of all nursing assistants in the United States live well below the federal poverty level. Low pay often results in the need to work longer hours, which could cause fatigue and place the resident’s health in danger. The problem with underpaying and understaffing is likely to increase significantly in the years ahead, as the last of the baby boomers enter their retirement years, and the need for additional nursing home beds rises.

According to the US Bureau of Labor, the number of nursing home workers across America has doubled over the last decade with many more jobs likely available by 2024. Statistics show that the population of Americans over 85 years old will likely be doubled by 2030 where most will require some level of professional skilled nursing care at a facility or in their home.

Amazon Workers and Documents More horrific news concerning Amazon workers has gained national attention in April 2018 since the nonprofit advocacy group National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (NCOSH) added Amazon warehouses to their “dirty dozen” list of America’s most dangerous workplaces. Amazon was given the title after developing a pattern of hazardous work conditions that tend to place efficiency and productivity over safety and employee livelihood. NCOSH spokesperson Marcie Goldstein-Gelb released a statement saying “this year, [we] will identify several companies who received specific warnings about safety hazards and failed to correct them. Workers paid the ultimate price for these failures.”

Unfortunately, their bad workplace practices are nothing new. Almost from the start, they have been known to focus most of their attention on fulfilling hundreds of thousands of orders quickly often at the cost of employee safety, who must do their jobs in unsafe working conditions at Amazon warehouses nationwide. A spokesperson for Amazon has responded by saying “we are proud of [the] safety record and thousands of Amazonians work hard every day innovating ways to make it even better.” The group released to report showing that Amazon had “a disturbing pattern of preventable deaths” were seven employees have died in Amazon warehouses since 2013. The report stated that “Amazon workers suffered injuries and sometimes lose their lives in a work environment with a relentless demand to fill orders and close monitoring of employee actions.”

The seven deaths involved various crashes in accidents. Two employees were crushed to death by warehouse forklifts, and another died after being run over by a truck. A fourth employee died in an accident involving an SUV driver, and another worker died of a fatal heart-associated incident that occurred while working overnight. The sixth employee was crushed to death by a pallet loader, and the seventh employee was crushed by an Amazon conveyor belt.

California Law Driving With Hands and Without DevicesCalifornia is trying a bold new approach to the subject of distracted driving with the implementation of its newest law— if you are holding anything but the wheel, you will receive a ticket. Drivers no longer need to be caught in the actual act of making a call or texting and police officers can ticket them simply for having a mobile device such as a phone or tablet where it can be accessed behind the wheel. The law doesn’t just seek to reduce the number of drivers using their smartphones, but to eliminate their very presence from view.

Texting While Driving is the Single Largest Threat to Drivers in Recent History

Over the last fifty years, increased population and access to mobile technology have combined to give us the sharpest increases in traffic fatalities we have ever seen. 46 states have now outlawed texting and driving, but it can be extremely difficult for police officers to catch culprits red-handed. Previous incarnations of California’s law have not been deemed strict enough to help reverse this trend.

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) conducts regular investigations, surveys and inspections of Nursing Facilities, Assisted Living Homes and Rehabilitation Centers statewide throughout the year. The efforts of the surveyors and inspectors can quickly identify any violation of regulations as outlined by the Nursing Home Care Act. When surveyors identify a deficiency or violation, state and federal nursing home regulators can take quick action to impose severe penalties in monetary fines.

The Public Health Department routinely publishes their publicly available findings online through Quarterly Nursing Home Reports with detailed descriptions of serious problems, violations, and deficiencies. During the first quarter of 2018, surveyors found numerous serious deficiency and violations at the facility’s listed below. Each one was cited for multiple Type A (severe violations) and Type AA (extreme violations) that resulted in fines that ranged from $12,500-$50,000. These facilities include:

Aperion Care Oak Lawn

Extreme Sports or High Risk OccupationsJust how dangerous are sports when compared to some of the most dangerous occupations on the planet? It is a known fact that manual labor, construction and manufacturing jobs place workers at significant risk of injury or death, but sports can be just as deadly. Here we will take a look at the leading jobs and sports in the world in terms of the risks employees and participants take on.

The Most Dangerous Occupations on Earth

Men are far more likely to be killed or injured on the job than women due to the fact that they are far more likely to choose work in areas such as construction, manufacturing or occupations that require the operation of heavy machinery. In 2015 there were over 4,800 workplace fatalities reported in the United States. The vast majority of those killed were men.

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) conduct routine inspections, investigations, and surveys of all nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, and assisted-living facilities throughout the year across the state. The inspectors typically arrive at the facility unannounced to determine the level of care every resident is being provided and identify any violation of regulations as outlined by the Nursing Home Care Act. When surveyors find a deficiency or violation, federal and state nursing home regulators usually take quick action to enforce regulations and impose severe penalties in monetary fines.

The dedicated nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC remains committed to posting publicly available information so families can make a fully decision about where to place a loved one who requires the highest level of skilled nursing care. If you suspect that your loved one was abused, mistreated or neglected in an Illinois nursing home, we encourage you to contact us today to schedule a free, initial consultation with our experienced attorneys to discuss your legal options and rights. We provide every client a “No Win/No-Fee” Guarantee, meaning you pay us only when, and if, our law firm is successful in resolving your case.

The Public Health Department makes their findings publicly available online through Quarterly Nursing Home Reports. These reports include detailed descriptions of serious deficiencies, violations, and problems. During the second quarter of 2018, surveyors found numerous serious violations and deficiencies at the nursing homes listed below. Each of these nursing centers were cited for multiple Type A (severe violations) or Type AA (extreme violations) that resulted in fines that ranged from $25,000-$50,000. These nursing homes include:

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