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kratom powderKratom- Pain Reliever or Next Illegal Narcotic?

Kratom is a tree (Mitragyna speciosa) that grows throughout Southeast Asia. Related to the coffee tree, its leaves have been used for centuries or longer for medicinal and recreational uses. The leaves began to be sold in the United States a few years ago. Last fall the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) planned to make the possession of kratom illegal, however they put the decision on hold until further comments could be obtained from the public.

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bullyDisability and Bullying

Bullying has been around  for millennia. People deemed “different” from what society deems as normal typically become bullied at some point in their lives. Bullying, especially for a person or child with a disability, can have severe and lasting psychological and physical implications on its victims.

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silhouette of a African-American manFree Social Security Disability Lawyers

Frequently we receive requests from people to represent them for free in their fight for Social Security disability benefits. Most people cannot survive long without some type of paycheck coming in and the wait time for disability benefits can easily take up to three years. It is understandable that many people needing disability lawyers are completely broke financially. As a matter of fact, bankruptcy and disability are common friends.

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man sitting in wheelchairI'm Sub-Human

“Let’s go to the beach!” a friend yelled. We lived only about an hour away from the jade-colored waters of the gulf coast along Florida’s white sand beaches. It was hot summer and the humidity was pressing upon us like an oppressive bench clamp. Cool ocean water would definitely feel good!

Five of us piled into the car and headed out. The morning was still young, about 9:15, giving us plenty of time to act like fish for a few hours and still make it back home before dark. About halfway to the beach we stopped at a gas station to pick up ice-cold cokes then continued on down the shimmering asphalt road. Most of the chit-chat was nonsense, just friendly chatter and bantering common among close friends.

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woman in painCan I get SSDI for Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia has been one of those nebulous diseases that people were diagnosed with when nothing else fit and the doctor could not determine the source of a problem. It has been contested that the disease even actually exists. For a long time the Social Security Administration did not feel that having Fibromyalgia was an adequate reason to provide Social Security disability benefits (SSDI). However they have added it to the list of conditions that may enable a person to receive benefits.

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