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Corvallis, OR, United States
My personal obsession with prion diseases with smidges of music I like and rescue dog advocacy from a disabled Oregonian.


Song in my head: Trial lawyers....Go that extra mile....To see that all those vile...Guys pay.........Mad Kane

I haven't put the effort into applying for a Medicare drug discount card.  Seems like if I'm a careful shopper, I can buy my medicine elsewhere.....cheaper....

Report: Medicare cards little help 

Seniors in Nassau County can save more money purchasing top-selling medications through Canada and the Veterans Administration than with a new Medicare-approved drug card, according to a Congressional committee report issued Wednesday.Democrats in the House Committee on Government Reform analyzed discounts offered by the 34 different cards in Nassau County. They found, for example, that seniors can get their prescriptions filled for almost the same price online at the Web site

"I think seniors should care because the federal government will be spending more than $500 billion to give them a prescription drug card that is not working," said U.S. Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, who represents Nassau County and requested the study.


Medical Pot Use Facilitates AIDS Treatment, Study Says

Patients who use medicinal cannabis to combat the side-effects of anti-HIV drugs are more likely to remain on their prescribed drug therapies than those who do not, according to cross-sectional survey data presented this week at the
XV International AIDS Conference in Bangkok, Thailand. LINK


Medical Marijuana Backers Turn In Signatures

Medical marijuana advocates turned in signatures Friday for their ballot measure to expand Oregon's current program by increasing the amount of pot patients can possess. Chief petitioner John Sajo submitted 28,500 signatures Friday, which combined with 61,282 valid signatures turned in earlier, appeared to be more than enough to qualify the measure for the Nov. 2 ballot. "It's been a long struggle, but we're looking good," said Sajo, who's been working for years to try to expand what he calls an overly restrictive medical marijuana program. Under Oregon's current law, qualified patients are allowed to use and grow small amounts of marijuana without fear of prosecution as long as a doctor says it might help their condition. The expansion measure aimed at the Nov. 2 ballot would increase the possession limit from three ounces of marijuana to a pound at any one time. LINK


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