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Opioid Abuse Epidemic — STOP Nurses From Being Able To Prescribe.

by Anura Guruge


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Click to access EXCELLENT 90-second summary of this prescription epidemic. However, in New Hampshire, it is NOT just doctors, it is THE NURSES!


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The U.S. “Center for Disease Control and Prevention”, just 2 months ago, released these new guidelines for prescribing opioids for chronic pain. Click image to access original.


Finally, in 2016, at long last, after 30 years of ‘refusing to acknowledge the problem’ there is now realization, led by the likes of the CDC and CNN (sees above), that U.S. doctors have to bear much of the responsibility of today’s prescription opioid crisis.

Though I have never taken opioids (though they have been prescribed to me a couple of times) I have, for the last 4 years (or so), been the SECOND HAND victim of indiscriminate, irresponsible and even cavalier prescription of opioids by doctors and more recently NURSES.

I already reported one to the NH Board of Medicine (and have a list of others that will also be so honored):

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My BIG gripe of late is that in New Hampshire NURSES are allowed to write prescriptions for opioids — willy nilly.

I, coming from a family with many bona fide doctors, do NOT, not for a minute, by the argument that there is no difference between doctors and nurses. Of course there is. IF NOT why do we have different names for them. Let’s call them all ‘nurses’.

Doctors, of course, have, at a minimum, more education and training.

That nurses can prescribe opioids just irks me, especially when it is one whose appearance and demeanor inspires ZERO confidence in their discipline and outlook to life. Sorry, I think that an obese, unshaved nurse who insists on wearing pre-cum stained pants does NOT show adequate judgment to be entrusted with writing prescriptions that KILL and make others life a living hell.

We have to stop nurses from being allowed to prescribe extremely dangerous and addictive drugs — especially when they are in business to do NOTHING else but sell prescriptions.

Just locally here there is a nurse who I am pretty sure writes MORE prescriptions for opioids than any 4 doctors taken at random from a 15-mile radius of him! That is not right.

Let’s please all unite to stop this man-made epidemic. It has made MY life a hell.


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by Anura Guruge


I Am Back!

by Anura Guruge


male-victimsI was ‘gone’, a prisoner in a living hell, for 34 days. Yes, I was in the midst of an acute personal crisis. Even I, for all of my swagger and mental discipline, can only take so much sustained and systematic abuse.

Yes, I, for at least the last 3.5 years, have been the victim of daily and concerted emotional and verbal abuse.

And finally on Saturday, April 9, 2016, I snapped. Does NOT matter as to how or why. The number ’10’ plays an insurmountable role. That is about all I want to disclose for now. I just could not endure it anymore.

NO I DID NOT LEAVE. Yes, I know. Very, very unlike I. Yes my reputation when younger was to cut-and-leave at the slightest provocation. But I am older and possibly a tad wiser now.

If I was willing to leave I would not, of course, have had to endure this abuse. My steadfast and proven commitment to stick it out, this time around, was a kind of invitation for a blackmail scenario. My options were gone. It was ONE or ANOTHER and I was — and still am — NOT willing to consider the ‘another’. I am well aware that this is nothing new on a global scale. Tens of millions of men before me have gone through this. It is just new to me and very strange. Of course I have the means and wherewithal to leave whenever I want and I think about it daily. But I will not leave. I will stick it out — health permitting. Yes, of course, it has taken a toll on my physical health but not my mental (as yet). Every morning I wake up and look ahead, years ahead, to when I might have my freedom again. But that is a long way away. But there is also a plan to resolve, heal and mend.

You heard of victims of secondhand smoke. I am the victim of secondhand prescription opioid use. A few months prior to my April 9th collapse there was a change in medication. A 24×7 opioid patch. Ruined my life and I am the one who famously took aspirins for 3 weeks when I had a broken rib top my heart before I was finally taken to ER.

verbalabuseI am also the victim of the pitiful state of healthcare providers around here. I have already reported two to the various NH licensing boards and plan to report two more. Total irresponsibility when it comes to prescribing horrible drugs. They don’t care. All they want is to be PAID to write the damn prescriptions. They do not have to endure the abuse. One obese, nurse, in Wolfeboro, who AMAZINGLY is allowed to write opioid prescriptions (at will, albeit for a price), once told me flat out: “I don’t have to live with it. YOU DO!” That is the problem. No, I am not in need of mental care — at least not as yet. My mind is clear and strong. And I yearn for the future. I live for the future. There is so much I still want to achieve.

The irony of ironies. I was 90% done on a book on THE BRAIN when the fateful April 9th came along. This is a book that will help people to come to terms with their brain. It built upon my befriending the brain ideas.

I gave away my two cameras, the Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 and the Panasonic Lumix LX100, on April 9th. The beneficiary was local 17-year old boy who I only knew from his performances on the High School Stage. He lucked out. A totally impulsive (but not uncharacteristic) gesture by I. I gave him my packed camera back along with the monopod. I am sure he has no idea how much all of it was worth. That is OK. I asked him if he had a camera. He didn’t. I asked him whether he would like one. When he said yes I gave him two. No regrets. Giving is healing to me. Yes, in the last 34 days I gave a LOT of things away. Probably in excess of $10,000. I did NOT care. It was cathartic. I have always liked to give. Over the years I have acquired ‘special’ things because of my contacts. Genuine Catholic relics. Special coins. I gave them all away. I gave away money that was owed to me. Money does NOT make you happy — though it does help ease the pain of abuse. Today I bought a new camera. That made me happy. The cost did NOT matter. I have the money. Wall Street is very good to me. SMILE. Nobody can take that away from me.

Mental-IllnessI also stopped writing. That killed me. Not having a camera and not writing was torture. It was agony. I felt as if both my arms had been cut off. So impotent and not surprisingly for I was sexually impotent for a week! That is about the longest time I have gone without sex in the last 20 years! It was not a good 34 days.

But we have a kind of truce. A kind of lull. The 24×7 patch has been discarded. It is back to pills again. I am hopeful. I am going to start writing — and this is the first. We watched CNN’s Anderson Cooper special on “America’s Opioid Epidemic“. It is wonderful. We now have a plan to totally get away from opioids. Not sure it will work. Will not be the first time. But I hope. That is all I have.

So why am I sharing this with you. Because deep down I am a writer. That is what we do. We share our experiences in the hope that it may help others.

I am NOT ashamed to admit that I am a victim. Yes, people tell me I have BIG ego. And I accept it. But it is people who have NO ideas as to WHO I am that think I have a big ego. Ego is not important to I. Some of you may know that I go out of my way to accept blame, apologize, admit my limitations. But that is not important.

I plan, as part of my own recovery, to document MY journey.

As of today, Friday, May 13, 2016, I am GOING to try to get back to some semblance of normalcy.

I am going to start writing. I am going to get a camera (I already have).

Please wish me well.

I am back. Battered, scarred, bruised and bleeding. But I am back.


Please try and watch this CNN special.

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by Anura Guruge


New Hampshire Foliage 2015 — The View From My Desk As I Write.

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Related posts:
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2015 Foliage — Reflections.
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2015 Foliage — Sandwich Fair.
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2015 Foliage — Locke Lake.
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2015 Foliage — Oct. Lakes.
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2015 Foliage — Oct 1
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2015 Foliage — Mid-Sept. II

++++ Search ‘foliage’ for other posts from 2013 & 2014 >>>>


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Click pictures to ENLARGE.

Attribution WILL be enforced. 

Taken in Alton, on Friday, Oct. 23 2015
~ 11 am.

From my ‘office’ area.

Through glass and a screen. Though I blurred out the screen you can still see the diffraction.


Taken with my Panasonic Lumix FZ1000.