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72 Russians Died After Drinking Scented Bath Oil

72 Russians Died After Drinking Scented Bath Oil

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Author:Shernide Delva

People are dying from scented bath oils.

Wait, what?

Sounds crazy, but it is true. Over the last week, 72 Russians died after drinking bath oils. Many of the victims were poor residents between the ages of 35 and 50 who could not afford regular alcohol. Instead, they opted for the bath oils because the ingredient label stated it was made from “ethyl alcohol.” Ethyl alcohol is the alcohol used in drinking alcohol.

Unfortunately, the bath oils were not made with just ethyl alcohol. Instead, they were packed with deadly levels of methanol, a toxic alcohol used in antifreeze.

A local prosecutor, Stanislav Zubovsky, said that 57 people were in the hospital over the weekend related to consuming the bath oils. Over 2,000 bottles of the bath oil were seized. Police found an underground manufacturing plant believed to be responsible for producing the tainted liquid, according to ABC News.

As a result of the incident, Russian Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev called for the government to put controls on the circulation of cheap liquids like perfume and soaps that contain alcohol.

“This is a complete disgrace and clearly we should put an end to it,” Medvedev said in a cabinet meeting on Monday. “Such liquids should simply be banned.”

Russia economy is just starting to recovery since the oil prices plummeted in 2015. The mayor declared a state of emergency, and officials posted warnings in homeless populations in regards to drinking the cheap alcohol knock-offs.

In January, a Russian consumer watchdog group reported that alcohol deaths contributed to the deaths of 30% of Russian men and 15% of Russian women.  Although drinking is an important part of the Russian culture, alcohol is too expensive for some citizens to afford.

This is especially true in the city Irkutsk which is home to 620,000 people.  At one time, the city was home to a booming industry, but the collapse of the Soviet Union and the decreased demand for machinery turned the city into a struggling economy.  With income levels lower than seen before, many find more affordable creative ways to consume alcohol.  Unfortunately, the attempt to maintain drinking culture resulted in unexpected fatalities.

Homeless Population Most At Risk

Russia is not the only area with an issue like this. The homeless population is known for finding ways to consume alcohol and other drugs through synthetic alternatives. The drug k2 is a synthetic form of marijuana popular in homeless areas all across the United States.

Just this November, dozens of homeless people in St. Louis, Missouri were found in a zombie state after consuming the k2 drug.

“People were standing and walking around like zombies,” said St. Louis Fire Chief Dennis Jenkerson. “They didn’t know what they were doing or where they were at.”

It was estimated that in one short period, over 100 members of the homeless population overdosed on the K2 drug. Other drug alternatives commonly used are products like Listerine and hand sanitizer.

Should companies feel obligated to ensure their products are safe for consumption? With the example of the bath oils, should the company be held responsible?

Regardless, addiction is rampant in all communities, both the upper class and homeless populations. Therefore, if you are someone you know are struggling with addiction or mental illness, please reach out. The disease of addiction does not discriminate. Call toll-free today. 

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Should It Be Illegal to Deny a Pregnant Woman a Drink?

Should It Be Illegal to Deny a Pregnant Woman a Drink?

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Author: Shernide Delva

Until last week, bars in New York could refuse to serve pregnant women alcohol, or ban them from entering. Some restaurants even refused to serve raw fish to pregnant women. However, thanks for updated guidelines released last week by the city’s Human Rights Commission, pregnant women will now have a choice.

But should they?

The city’s Human Rights Commission aims to eliminate all forms of discrimination against pregnant women. Expectant mothers can now decide to eat or drink whatever they want, and establishments who deny them can be penalized. This new law raises an important question all throughout the nation: Should pregnant women be denied the right to drink?

For some, the answer might seem obvious. Of course, pregnant women should not be allowed to drink! After all, it has been proven that alcohol increases the likelihood of birth defects and developmental issues. Drinking alcohol during pregnancy can increase the risk of a premature birth and result in negative outcomes.

Risks of alcohol consumptions during pregnancy include:

  • Distinctive facial features. The newborn may have a small head, flat face, and narrow eye openings. These differences become more apparent by age 2 or 3 years old.
  • Learning and behavioral problems
  • Growth Problems: Children exposed to alcohol may develop slower than other kids of the same age
  • Birth Defects
  • Problems bonding and feeding

Despite these risks, the answer is not that simple. Some argue that denying pregnant women the right to drink undermines the right she has to choose what she does with her body. The argument points to Roe vs. Wade and pro-choice as reasons to why a woman should be able to make the personal choice of drinking or not drinking while pregnant.

“Judgments and stereotypes about how pregnant individuals should behave, their physical capabilities, and what is or is not healthy for a fetus are pervasive in our society and cannot be used as a pretext for unlawful discriminatory decisions in employment, housing, and public accommodations,” say the new guidelines.

The guidelines were created to help clarify a 2013 city law designed to protect pregnant women in the workplace. The law specifies that it is illegal to refuse to hire or promote someone because they are pregnant. It also states that it is unlawful to deny an application from a pregnant applicant.

“Accommodation of Pregnant women cannot be a favor,” said Azadeh Khalili, executive director of the Commission on Gender Equity. “It is a human right and the law in New York City.”

These two laws seem reasonable to the average person. After all, it would be a clear form of discrimination to stop a woman from working or living in a home because she made the choice to have kids. However, the new law is taking discrimination to a whole new level by stating that restaurant and bars should not have the right to refuse a pregnant woman a drink.

Still, the subject of whether a moderate amount of alcohol is “safe” for pregnant women to drink has been hotly debated for decades. While we mentioned some of the risks of drinking while pregnant, those outcomes typically come from heavy drinking consumption. No confirmed evidence shows that an occasional drink will do harm to unborn babies, especially after the first trimester.

In February, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urged sexually active women to stay away from alcohol unless they were on birth control. They stated that any amount of alcohol consumed during pregnancy could raise the risk of a fetus being born with developmental issues. Many women were not happy about these recommendations. Despite these warnings, studies show that 1-15% of women still drink a little alcohol during pregnancy.

Clearly, this whole topic is a controversial manner. Many argue that women are discriminated only once they look pregnant, meaning that women who are newly pregnant can make the choice to drink while those who are months along are denied alcohol. Since the most significant damage is done in the first trimester, denying pregnant women alcohol may not prevent as much harm.

Overall, study after study reveal drinking during pregnancy is not the best idea. It is always best to put the health of your baby first, rather than take the risk of any complications. Whether or not restaurants and bars should have a  say in the manner is a topic that is yet to be fully explored. If you or someone you love is struggling with substance abuse or addiction, please call toll-free 1-800-951-6135.

In the News: Kids Own Drivers Pose Biggest DUI Death Risk

In the News: Kids Own Drivers Pose Biggest DUI Death Risk

Drunk driving affects many people, and recent studies show that the effects on children and their families have shifted slightly in the past few years, making adults traveling with children more of a threat than the actual strangers on the road. In 2011 there were 9,865 drunk driver related deaths nationally, and in 2012 the number had increased to 10,322- that’s one every 51 minutes according to MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving). As far as the U.S. statistics, the number of drunken driving deaths over-all has been cut in half since MADD was founded in 1980. Even still, the truth about deaths of young children who are victims of these accidents cannot be ignored.

Child Fatalities in Drunk Driving Accidents

A study recently published in the journal Pediatrics, stated that child traffic deaths caused by drunk drivers declined significantly in recent years. This is some-what of a relief, but out of the 2,344 children younger than age 15 killed in drunk driving incidents between 2000 and 2010 the study showed 65% of these children were riding in a car with a drunk driver themselves. In 2011 alone, 226 children were killed in drunken driving crashes. Of those accidents an alarming 122 (54% percent) were riding with the drunk driver. An estimated 23.4% of drivers intoxicated are between the ages of 21-25, which is the highest percentage of any category of drunk drivers in the U.S. so it brings up the concern that too many young adults have been driving with children who are not properly restrained, and they are doing so while intoxicated. So they are not only endangering themselves, but the child they are responsible for and any other driver on the road.

The Lack of Restraint

While the average of children killed in these accidents varies by state, the percentage of these children not being properly restrained in a major concern as well. Of the children killed in drunk driving accidents, a staggering 61% were not retrained. It’s said that approximately 70% of the time the drunk driver survived the crash, which clearly explains that if the children involved were secured during the collision, they could have survived. This fact itself is an example of the disregard created by being impaired while behind the wheel. If a child’s life can be saved simply by making sure they are buckled in, it is truly disturbing that so many of the deaths of children involved in accidents are caused by drivers who do not restrain the child, and then drive intoxicated.

The Differences State by State

The laws enforced against drunk driving are different for each state, so of course when the studies were done the average number of deaths were different for each area. Florida had a recorded 697 deaths over-all related to drunk driving, followed closely by California with 802, and Texas leading with 1,296 (2012). However smaller states with different legislation had much smaller numbers. In 2012 Rhode Island had only 24 recorded deaths related to drunk driving, and DC had the fewest recorded with only 4. In the U.S. many states have child endangerment laws that include driving drunk with a child in the vehicle in attempt to prevent this. But the enforcement and severity of those laws differs state by state. The study published included state specific information with hopes that by including this, states could see where they were in comparison to the others, and try to reform their child endangerment laws to try harder to prevent these kinds of accidents.

All these statistics are sadly starting to add up. The answer may be stricter regulations on traffic laws, child endangerment, or drunk driver punishments. The worst part of this study being that the adults responsible for the deaths of so many of these children are probably parents, or relatives, and that they are taking the chance and risking the lives of these children to get behind the wheel after drinking. They are not buckling the kids in, and they are often repeating this behavior. In fact, another terrifying truth is that most drunk drivers will do so up to 80 times before they are ever arrested.

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Effects of Alcohol on Pregnant Women

There are multiple effects of alcohol on pregnant women. It is common knowledge in today’s society that smoking cigarettes and drinking alcohol should be stopped once you become pregnant. The biggest effects of alcohol on pregnant women are that it can be very harmful to the baby, effecting size and weight and may even cause lifelong health conditions. Drinking alcohol during pregnancy can cause dangers such as:

  • Miscarriage
  • Preterm Birth
  • Stillbirth

The effects of alcohol on pregnant women are numerous but one of the biggest dangers is a health condition that can develop called fetal alcohol spectrum disorder or fetal alcohol syndrome. Fetal alcohol syndrome can seriously harm the development of a baby during pregnancy, both mentally and physically although the effects of alcohol on pregnant women can last throughout a child’s lifetime.

The effects of alcohol on pregnant women are more dangerous because when they drink alcohol, so does the baby. The same amount of alcohol that is in their blood is also in the baby’s blood. When a woman drinks alcohol while pregnant the alcohol in their blood quickly passes through the placenta and to their baby through the umbilical cord.

Adult bodies are made to handle alcohol a lot better than that of a developing fetus and then later an infant. Developing bodies can be damaged from toxic substances such as alcohol. Adult bodies are able to manage alcohol in their blood a baby’s body cannot. A woman’s liver can break down the alcohol in her blood at one drink per hour – a baby cannot. The effects of alcohol on pregnant women are that their baby’s liver is too small to break down the alcohol the same way they can. This is why drinking any amount of alcohol while pregnant is so dangerous. This inability of the baby’s liver to break down alcohol can lead the baby to have serious health conditions and serious complications throughout the pregnancy and even after. It is being shown that the effects of alcohol on pregnant women last much longer than just pre-birth.

The effects of alcohol on pregnant women are numerous but one of the biggest dangers is a health condition that can develop called fetal alcohol spectrum disorder or fetal alcohol syndrome. Fetal alcohol syndrome can seriously harm the development of a baby during pregnancy, both mentally and physically. The effects of alcohol on pregnant women are:

  • Birth defects
  • Vision or hearing problems
  • Born Premature
  • Low birth weight
  • Learning disabilities
  • Speech and language delays
  • Behavioral problems
  • Growth deficiency

Of course the biggest and most serious effect of alcohol in pregnant women is to lose the baby entirely. The effects of alcohol on pregnant women can cause permanent harm to their baby.

A woman who drinks quite a bit while pregnant could have a totally healthy baby while a woman who drank only a little ended up having a baby with birth defects or complications. The effects of alcohol on pregnant women are that drinking alcohol affects all them differently. No woman knows if a little or a lot will hurt their baby.

The best way to make sure there are no complications or dangers is to not drink at all while pregnant. Risking the effects of alcohol on pregnant women are not worth it. So as soon as a woman knows she is pregnant it is best to stop drinking all together. Even having an occasional drink before knowing they are pregnant can still affect the fetus. Baby making is serious business and any women who’s at risk of becoming pregnant should be cautious of how much alcohol they consume.

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