Cochran Firm's Helping Hands Blog

hand-holding-pillWhy Are Pharmacists Refusing to Fill Prescriptions?

In recent months pharmacists across the country have increasingly refused to fill legitimate prescriptions for narcotic pain medications leaving thousands of people already suffering disabilities without the medication they need to live their daily lives. Many pharmacists cite pressure from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) that they may lose their license if they fill too many narcotic prescriptions or too great of a quantity of pills.

The overall refusal appears to stem from the DEA’s war on illegal narcotics and attempting to prevent overdoses from prescription drugs. Over the past year the DEA has brought action against wholesalers of medicinal drugs who sold what the DEA deemed was too many narcotics to certain drug stores. This has caused the wholesalers to refuse to sell above certain limits causing a shortage of the drugs in some locations.

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three-people-with-signGet Out More!

(This article is a follow-up to an article we wrote a couple months ago about beating depression and bringing a purpose to your life.)

Many people with disabilities tend to stay at home, making them ripe for depression and increased anxiety.  Maybe you are in the same predicament.  You would be able to get out for an hour or two each month, but because you don't know people of like interests you feel like you don't have a reason to leave the house. Here are some websites to help you meet others with similar interests.

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trash bagTrash into Food

A small program started in 1999 has helped numerous homeless and downtrodden people get a start out of poverty while helping the Los Angeles community get cleaner. Food on Foot began providing meals for the needy every Sunday on the steps of Hollywood’s post office in 1996. In 1999 the organization began recruiting members of the homeless community to pick up litter in exchange for food gift cards.

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oxygen-tankCOPD Awareness Month

The well-known expression, “water, water everywhere, but not a drop to drink” is a fitting expression for COPD. Air is all around a person who is suffering from this disease but they are unable to get the life-saving oxygen into their lungs and essentially suffocate. COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) is also called chronic bronchitis and emphysema. According to the American Lung Association COPD is the third leading cause of death in the United States. Every November is set aside to create public awareness for this killing disease which affects an estimated 24 million Americans.

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Child with Christmas toyMaking a Better Christmas

The effects of the recent recession are still being felt by families across the nation. Christmas remains bleak for many people who are trying to determine how to purchase gifts for their children or find a good meal to enjoy. Fortunately, there are many organizations that step up to fill the gap and help make the holiday season a happier time. However, despite numerous donations, it is recommended that requests for toys and gifts be made sooner rather than later.

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