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ADD nightmare

Seriously, how frustrating (and silly) is this, that the DEA is keeping people from getting needed medication?

Medicines to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder are in such short supply that hundreds of patients complain daily to the Food and Drug Administration that they are unable to find a pharmacy with enough pills to fill their prescriptions.

The shortages are a result of a troubled partnership between drug manufacturers and the Drug Enforcement Administration, with companies trying to maximize their profits and drug enforcement agents trying to minimize abuse by people, many of them college students, who use the medications to get high or to stay up all night.

Caught in between are millions of children and adults who rely on the pills to help them stay focused and calm. Shortages, particularly of cheaper generics, have become so endemic that some patients say they worry almost constantly about availability.

While the Food and Drug Administration monitors the safety and supply of the drugs, which are sold both as generics and under brand names like Ritalin and Adderall, the Drug Enforcement Administration sets manufacturing quotas that are designed to control supplies and thwart abuse. Every year, the D.E.A. accepts applications from manufacturers to make the drugs, analyzes how much was sold the previous year and then allots portions of the expected demand to various companies.

Deep thought

Choosing a person to support for president is what it must be like in a women’s prison, and you’re trying to decide which guard to let fuck you — on the off chance that he might throw you the occasional contraband goodie.

But you should never, ever forget that all the guards are on the same team.


Hmm. We already know austerity is the right thing to do, but What do you suppose will happen? Oh, I don’t know, you don’t suppose they’ll have a housing crash, do you?

Nearly seven million Britons are risking a “spiral of debt” through using credit cards, overdrafts and payday loans to pay off their rent or mortgage, a major housing charity has warned.

Of those almost one million have taken out high interest payday loans to meet housing costs, in what Shelter has deemed a “totally unsustainable” situation.

Roger Harding, head of policy and research at Shelter said that as households continue to feel the squeeze, there’s “no reason to expect that it won’t get worse”.

Shelter, in its report published Wednesday, also warned it wasn’t just low income families at risk: “We’re in a situation now when anyone can lose their home because it only takes unemployment or an unexpected illness to start tipping you into that spiral,” Harding told the Huffington Post UK.

“The council of mortgage lenders are predicting a 20% increase in the number of repossessions this year, and that’s with interest rates at a 200-year-low. Private rents are going up.

“We are really starting to see increasing numbers of people who are just squeezed into this situation, whose situation hasn’t changed but all the costs around them have.”

Harding predicted government cuts to housing benefits, which came in this month, will lead to more people “turning to credit to pay their rent”.

Iowa caucus

Jay Rosen nails it:

But that’s part of the ritual: Yeah, we created this thing but we bring it to you as if it would happen without us.

Cause and effect

Bad things seem to happen when voters put social-engineering wingnuts in charge. Maybe they should think about that:

A study by the Georgia Agriculture Department of the state farm workforce shows that finding legal employees with the skill and desire to do labor-intensive harvesting is extremely difficult.

The reasons, says a report released Tuesday of the study’s findings, include the complexity and expense of government programs intended to help farmers employ guest workers, and the physically demanding nature of many agricultural jobs.

The Agriculture Department undertook the study after Georgia’s legislators passed a measure that targeted undocumented immigrants. The state General Assembly asked the agency to conduct a study of immigration’s role in the agricultural industry, which the report described as “the state’s top economic driver.”

Farmers participating in the study said they have suffered roughly $10 million in crop losses because of the law, which many say has driven away workers.

Meteor shower


If you snooze you’ll lose Wednesday morning, when a little known but active meteor shower will start 2012 for people stalwart enough to brave the chilly hours before dawn.

The Quadrantids, named for a now-extinct constellation, will be visible for two hours early Wednesday, from about 3 to 5 a.m. local times.

The shower is likely to produce up to 100 falling stars an hour, making for a good show. People across North America who stay up late enough, and who have a clear sky, should get a nice view, says Conrad Jung, an astronomer at Chabot Space and Science Center in Oakland.

I will buy you a new life


Up up up

The Givers:


I kind of thought Rick Santorum was going to do really well, because he’s been absolutely giddy for the past week. That tells me his internal polls showed him within striking distance of a win in the Iowa caucus. We’ll see how the final totals shake out.

UPDATE: Hah. Mittens beats Santorum – by 8 14 votes. That they “found”.


Bon Iver:

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