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How to love your neighbors…even those who are nothing like you…they’re so unlike you they’re an “opposite you”

Max Lucado

You drive a hybrid; he chugs around in a gas-guzzling, air-polluting truck.

You vote red and she likes the donkeys.

You love your husband and she lives with her wife.

You and your “opposite you.”

“Opposite yous” can drain your joy tank. There is a tension, an awkwardness. Anger, low-grade, or high flame, can flare. Inability to manage the relationship can lead to isolation, prejudice, and bigotry.

What if your “opposite you” is your boss? Your next-door neighbor? Your coworker? What if your “opposite you” is your parent or child? How do we respond? Ignore them? Share a meal with them? Leave the room when they enter? Ask them to leave so we can stay? Discuss our differences? Dismiss our differences? Argue?

I wonder if the best answer might be found in this short admonition from the Bible: “Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God” (Rom.15:7). This verb for “accept” means more than tolerate or coexist. It means to welcome into one’s fellowship and heart. The word implies the warmth and kindness of genuine love.

Could we not use some of that? Tackiness and vitriol seem to be the order of the day. Perhaps a few of us could strike a different tone?

Reserve judgment. Let every person you meet be a new person in your mind. None of this labeling or preconceived notions. Pigeonholes work for pigeons, not for people.

Raleigh Washington is an African-American minister who has dedicated much of his life to racial reconciliation. He says that the most important phrase in bridge-building is this: Help me understand what it’s like to be you. 

Help me understand what it’s like to be a teenager in this day and age.

Help me understand what it is like to be born into affluence.

Help me understand the challenges you face as an immigrant.

Help me understand what it’s like to be a female in a gray-flannelled corporation.

Then sit back and listen. Really listen. Listening is a healing balm for a raw relationship. (A friend admitted to me, “I often appear to be listening, when actually what I’m really doing is reloading.”)

“Be in agreement, understanding each other, loving each other as family, being kind and humble” (1 Pet. 4:8).

Resist the urge to shout. We did a lot of shouting on our elementary school playground. All the boys in Mrs. Amburgy’s first-grade class bonded together to express our male superiority. We met daily at recess and, with arms interlocked, marched around the playground shouting, “Boys are better than girls! Boys are better than girls!” Frankly, I didn’t agree, but I enjoyed the fraternity.

The girls, in response, formed their own club. They paraded around the school announcing their disdain for boys. “Girls are better than boys.” We were a happy campus.

Shouting at someone else might feel good. But does it do any good?

It seems to me that there is a lot of shouting going on.

Shouting on the airwaves.

Shouting on bumper stickers.

Shouting on the news broadcasts.

Shouting on social media.

All sides, shouting. “We are better than you. We are smarter than you. We are holier than you.” Is it possible to have different opinions without having a fit or a fight? When you sense the volume increasing and the heat rising, close your mouth. It’s better to keep quiet and keep a friend than to be loud and lose one.

Let’s reason together. Let’s work together. And if discussion fails, let’s allow love to succeed. “Above all things have fervent love among yourselves, for love shall cover a multitude of sins” (1 Pet. 4:8). If love covers a multitude of sins, surely it can also cover a multitude of opinions.

Besides, if you are kind to your opposite you and I am the same with mine and others are the same with theirs, won’t we eventually be kinder to each other?

Who knows, a KINDNESS REVOLUTION might break out!

 

(From an article published by Fox News. Max Lucado is a San Antonio pastor and best-selling author. Visit his website at www.MaxLucado.com.)

 

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Democrats who keep the “impeach Trump” battle going are placing themselves above the law. Nothing new there; Democrats always think they are above the law.

All branches of government are bound by the law. Members of Congress, presidents, justices and judges must all operate within the law. All take an oath to support the Constitution, not to rewrite it for partisan advantage.

It is the law that exempts presidents from being prosecuted or impeached for carrying out their constitutional authority under Article 2. The same Constitution precludes members of Congress from being prosecuted for most actions taken while on the floor of the House and Senate or on the way to performing their functions.

The same Constitution, as interpreted by the courts, bestows immunity on judges for actions that would be criminal or tortious if engaged in by non-judicial individuals. None of this means that these government officials are above the law. It means that their immunized actions are within the law.

The Constitution, which is the governing law, precludes Congress from impeaching a president for mere “dereliction” of duty or even alleged “corruption.” Under the text of the Constitution, a president’s actions to be impeachable must consist of treason, bribery or other high crimes and misdemeanors.

The framers of the Constitution considered broadening the criteria for impeachment to include maladministration in office. But this proposal was soundly rejected, on the ground that it would give Congress too much power to control the president.

Those members of Congress who are seeking to impeach the president, even though he has not committed any of the specified impeachable offenses set out in the Constitution, are themselves seeking to go above the law.  [NORM ‘n’ AL Note: Our emphasis.]

Democrats who are now seeking to impeach the president, despite the absence of impeachable offenses, are trying to do precisely what the framers of the Constitution forbade them from doing: exercising control over a president that is not authorized in the Constitution itself.

Consider, for example, Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., who has said the following: “Impeachment is about whatever the Congress says it is. There is no law that dictates impeachment.”  [NORM ‘n’ AL Note:  How did so many dumb Democrats get elected to Congress?  (Full disclosure: One of the dumbest comes from our own state of Minnesota.)  This California Democrat apparently has never even HEARD of the Constitution.  There is a very old maxim which states “Better to be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt.”]

It is she and other like-minded members of Congress who are claiming the right to be above the law. That is a dangerous claim whether made by a president or by a member of Congress.

The framers of the Constitution did not want a weak president subject to the political control of Congress. Members of the Constitutional Convention explicitly expressed that view in rejecting criteria for impeachment short of criminal conduct. In the absence of the specified criminal conduct, the remedy for a non-impeachable president lies with the voters, not Congress.

There are other constitutionally authorized remedies as well. These include reasonable congressional hearings conducted under the oversight powers of Congress. These hearings, too, must not be conducted for partisan purposes, but rather for legitimate legislative purposes, such as enacting new laws that evidence of the hearings show are necessary. The current hearings do not meet these standards. They are obviously calculated to obtain partisan advantage in the run-up to the 2020 election.

Another option would be for Congress to appoint a nonpartisan expert commission, such as the one appointed following the 9/11 attacks. This commission could look deeply and objectively at all the issues growing out of the 2016 election, particularly Russian efforts to interfere in the American political process.

The commission’s goal would not be criminal prosecutions, but rather preventive measures to assure no repetition in the 2020 and subsequent elections. Unfortunately, we live in a time of extreme partisanship, and no one seems interested in nonpartisan truth or in measures that help all Americans rather than only one party.

The time has come to stop weaponizing the Constitution and our legal system for partisan advantage. Impeachment would be a lawless response to undertake, as is the use of partisan committees to obtain an electoral advantage.

No one is above the law, but no one is beneath the legal protection of the law as well. Both parties should operate within the law for the benefit of the American people.  [NORM ‘n’ AL Note:  Well, there’s a novel idea.  Working for benefit of the American people.  How do we get Democrats to buy into that?]

 

[From an article by Alan Dershowitz, written for FOX NEWS]

 

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Tucker Carlson of Fox News has a way of seeing through all the political smoke and mirrors in Washington

“We are ruled by mercenaries who feel no long-term obligation to the people.”

 

Tucker Carlson

Tucker Carlson has a long record of telling it like it is.

In keeping with his reputation, the Fox News host gave a very detailed monologue this week explaining why the political class hates America.

And he just blew the lid off one of the biggest scandals in American history.

Tucker Carlson took a moment to explain why Mitt Romney decided to attack President Trump in his op-ed on Wednesday.

The Fox News host dissected Romney’s motivations and how they serve as part of a greater trend in American politics.

His conclusion was stunning. Carlson pointed out that Romney’s comments were just the latest in a longstanding “feud” between himself and the President.

Carlson called it a “window” into how politicians in both parties view America.

Carlson duly noted that Romney attacked President Trump’s decision to pull troops out of Syria when Congress had never authorized any war in Syria to begin with, and that he never offered to explain how staying in Syria has benefited the average American.

Carlson went on to say:

“Romney refers to unwavering support for a finance-based economy and an internationalist foreign policy as

the “mainstream Republican” view. He’s right. For generations, Republicans have considered it their duty to make the world safe for banking, while simultaneously prosecuting ever more foreign wars.”

“Modern Democrats generally support these goals. There are signs, however, that most people do not support this, and not just in America. In countries around the world…What you’re watching is populations revolting against leaders who refuse to improve their lives.”

Carlson then dove into the cultural and societal decay that has gripped the country for decades—which leaders such as Romney have always failed to address.  The Fox News host pointed out that material progress and prosperity no longer represent the fulfillment Americans used to think it did, adding, “Anyone who thinks the health of a nation can be summed up in GDP is an idiot.”

Carlson then took his monologue towards an indictment against not just Romney, but the entire political class.

“We are ruled by mercenaries who feel no long-term obligation to the people they rule. They’re day traders. Substitute teachers. They’re just passing through. They have no skin in this game, and it shows. They can’t solve our problems. They don’t even bother to understand our problems.”

 

NORM ‘n’ AL Note:  A few Muslims were elected last November who exhibit this statement very clearly. They want to do away with Washington traditions by showing up for work in Muslim dress; they introduce legislation which is in no way beneficial to the American people (a Michigan Muslim woman curses the President in open defiance as she says she will try to impeach him); and they want to be sworn into office placing their hand on the Koran and not the Bible.  Is it really possible that Americans thought it was a good idea to elect completely inexperienced Muslims into our Congress?  Carlson hit the nail on the head: We do not have elected senators and representatives who CARE about Americans or our country. They care about their bloated pay scale and very generous retirement plan, and they really care about all the perks of office that come along with the job, but they care not at all about the people of America who elected them.

 

Carlson clearly illustrated what motivated Romney to write his op-ed against the President.

Romney is unable to connect with the average American, and he never will.  What drove Romney to attack the President is what drives nearly everyone politically connected to D.C. to attack Trump. Unlike Trump, they don’t understand the rest of America.

The political class can’t comprehend the pain, hopelessness, or isolation millions of Americans are facing in the present culture of our society.

The political class can’t understand why Americans rejected the status quo and voted for Donald Trump in 2016.

Worst of all, the establishment on both sides of the aisle doesn’t care to change their approach because it has worked so well for them in many decades past.

Carlson pointed out that Romney is no different from the same politicians Trump repudiated in 2016, and that’s what feeds Romney’s feud with the President to this day.

 

NORM ‘n’ AL Note:  That and the fact that losing candidates seldom are willing to simply fade into history; they usually want to make sure we know we made a great mistake in not electing them to the office they so richly deserve and are oh-so-qualified for.  Just look at Hillary.  She simply will not go away, even though she lost the election.  She wants to be sure we know she is there waiting for another chance to run.  In the meantime, she is still running…amok.  Politicians today have no clue how to be civil, let alone respectful, to one another.  Somehow they have gotten the impression that the more arrogant, foul-mouthed, and ignorant they are, the more they deserve to be in office.  None of this is lost on Americans, who are pretty sure that the country they used to love is circling the drain in many different ways.

 

[From an article published by GREAT AMERICAN DAILY]

 

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John Kerry’s attempt to negotiate US foreign policy with a hostile foreign government shows his utter disregard for law and his breathtaking arrogance

What John Kerry is now doing – trying to create a parallel understanding with a hostile foreign nation – is far more serious than anything Mike Flynn did in the days before becoming National Security Advisor to Trump.

This is a brazen attempt to privately negotiate – and assist a foreign government in confounding – U.S. foreign policy and national security.  Whatever the reader thinks of our president, deliberately undermining a sitting Chief Executive in this way is inexcusable.

When does a gross indiscretion, aimed at undermining President Trump through private negotiations with a sworn enemy of America, become something bigger?  Former Secretary of State John Kerry, deep into his months-long “shadow diplomacy” with Iran, is testing the point.

Truth is, the antiquated Logan Act – which bars exactly that sort of extra-legal, unofficial and patently officious and offensive behavior – has never been enforced, although referenced as late as 1991 by the Supreme Court.

That does not make Kerry’s behavior acceptable, patriotic or defensible.  In fact, at a time when everyone from President Trump to America’s national security team are working overtime to warn Iran against counting on that faux nuclear deal, Kerry’s actions – not for the first time – are quite unforgivable.

Irony on irony, Kerry’s “stealthy” anti-Trump diplomacy comes on the heels of the Democratic Party’s aggressive 2017 attempts to call a single conversation between incoming Trump National Security Advisor Michael Flynn and the Russian Ambassador a Logan Act violation.

One could even argue that, in a cascade of politically-motivated Logan Act attacks, illegal unmasking of Flynn by the Obama White House (for which no one was held accountable), FBI interviews that left interviewers divided on Flynn’s intent, and Flynn’s own bad judgement, Mr. Mueller got his biggest one-count guilty plea.

 

John Kerry should be charged and found guilty...because he is guilty

 

Think about it for a moment.  What we are now witnessing is a second former Secretary of State and Democratic presidential nominee openly aiming to reverse the results of the 2016 presidential election.

Hillary Clinton paid for opposition research that was funneled through partisan FBI leadership to a blind-sided FISA court permitting the government to spy on a member of the Trump campaign – eventually triggering the Comey leaks and the appointment of a special counsel.

Kerry is negotiating foreign policy.

The audacity of this bitter, anti-President Trump crowd is just breathtaking.  One wonders when they will simply show up at the White House and just ask for the Oval Office back.  By rights, they think it is still theirs.

As Fox News reported, Kerry is actively engaged in “shadow diplomacy” in an attempt to preserve the Iran nuclear deal, to which he feels attached.

Specifically, “Kerry sat down twice with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif in recent months to strategize in a bid to save the deal, as part of what the Globe described as ‘an aggressive yet stealthy’ mission to put pressure on the Trump administration …”

Now, with President Trump facing a May 12 deadline to review the Iran deal, “Kerry has been ramping up his meetings ahead of that deadline,” and “reportedly met with German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier — who was foreign minister of Germany when the deal was negotiated,” as well as “French President Emmanuel Macron twice” and by “phone with European Union foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini.”

Here’s what the Logan Act says: “Any citizen of the United States who …without authority of the United States, directly or indirectly commences or carries on any correspondence or intercourse with any foreign government or any officer or agent thereof, with intent to influence the measures or conduct of any foreign government or of any officer or agent thereof, in relation to any disputes or controversies with the United States, or to defeat the measures of the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.”

Assuming Mr. Kerry is not authorized to embolden the Iranians and Europeans with false hope, pushing the string our president is trying to pull, then he is in express violation of the act.  Unlike the Flynn case, there is little ambiguity here.  The violation is textbook.

Does that mean anything will happen?  No.  For his own purposes and to preserve his own unelected, unappointed, and unauthorized political agenda, Mr. Kerry will probably continue chasing the Nobel Prize he never got, so badly wants and still feels he deserves – all for that horrific Iran deal.

After all, Mr. Kerry handed over $1.7 billion to Iran, in American cash.  He must feel he is owed something.

That same $1.7 billion, if applied to American needs, would have bought a big chunk of a southern border wall, wider veterans’ benefits, one year of federal low income energy assistance, two-thirds of all federal job training, or all standardized testing for American kids for a year.  But never mind.  John Kerry needed his prize, and he still wants it.

President Trump’s Justice Department, consumed in responding to a mess created by Mr. Obama’s other Secretary of State, will likely let the Logan Act violation go.  And maybe that is the right thing.  We can only call out so many bad acts and bad actors.  And the Logan Act may be – as Professor Alan Dershowitz suggests – unconstitutionally vague.

Still, this does not make Kerry blameless, any more than he is blameless for having set this terrible Iran deal in motion, with his predecessor and with Obama, in the first place.  What his insolence, arrogance and indefensible continuation of private “shadow diplomacy” points to is this:  The Democrats will not accept the outcome of the American electoral process, and for the first time in American history are actively – and probably illegally – seeking to undermine it.

 

NORM ‘n’ AL Note:  What the Democrats continue to show the rest of America is this: They have no respect for the rule of law; they have no respect for the man in the Oval Office who beat their candidate quite handily; and they are willing to employ any means to openly oppose and undermine the US government.  Does that sound like a political party which should have won the election?  You can count it a huge blessing that they did not.  Donald Trump is showing America what a president should look like; all Obama ever showed us is what a terrible choice the Democrats made, and what a worse choice the voters made who sent him to the White House.  Donald Trump loves America; Obama still does not.

 

[From an article by Robert Charles, written for FOX NEWS]

 

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Upcoming investigation into Hillary Clinton, the FBI, and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court

Fox News legal analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano broke down the upcoming investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the FBI and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court on “Fox & Friends” Tuesday. He expects subpoenas to start flying.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced John Huber, the U.S. attorney in Utah, will be investigating Clinton along with the FBI and the Department of Justice for their role in spying on then-Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump during the 2016 election.

“The attorney general appoints the chief federal prosecutor for Utah to investigate three things,” Napolitano said.

“The exoneration of Mrs. Clinton before all the evidence was in. The exoneration of President Clinton and Secretary Clinton on Uranium One before all the evidence was in and the abuse of FISA by the FBI and the DOJ.”

See the interview on Fox News below:

Fox News interviews Judge Napolitano

Napolitano called Huber a “de facto special counsel” and expects him to convene a grand jury to begin issuing subpoenas.

“So this guy is in Utah. If he comes to Washington, D.C., and gets a half-dozen federal prosecutors assigned to him and a dozen or so FBI agents assigned to you him — He is a de facto special counsel. He’s doing what needs to be done,” Napolitano said.

“He’ll impanel a grand jury. They’ll present evidence to the grand jury. The grand jury will issue subpoenas. If the subpoenas don’t work, he’ll go to a federal judge and get a search warrant.”

Napolitano thinks Huber must make the trip the D.C. to be effective, because his power would be limited if he remains in Utah.  “If he stays in Utah, he cannot impanel a grand jury there to examine something that happened in D.C.”,  Napolitano said.

“All the evidence is in D.C. You’re examining NSA, FBI, DOJ, present and past. The Utah grand jury does not have jurisdiction over events in D.C.  He will be toothless if he stays in Utah,” Napolitano concluded.   “You present evidence to the grand jury, and the grand jury issues subpoenas.  That’s the way it’s supposed to work.”

 

[From an article published by The Western Journal]

 

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Important brief update from The Swamp (otherwise known as Washington, DC)…

The nation’s media and political class have been fixated recently on the firing of the No. 2 person in the FBI, Deputy Director Andrew McCabe. McCabe became embroiled in the investigation of President Donald Trump because of his alleged approval of the use of a political dossier, written about Trump and paid for by the Democrats and not entirely substantiated, as a basis to secure a search warrant for surveillance of a former Trump campaign adviser who once boasted that he worked for the Kremlin at the same time that he was advising candidate Trump.

The dossier itself and whatever was learned from the surveillance formed the basis for commencing the investigation of the Trump campaign’s alleged ties to Russia by the Obama Department of Justice, which is now being run by special counsel Robert Mueller and has been expanded into other areas. The surveillance of the Trump campaign based on arguably flimsy evidence put McCabe into President Trump’s crosshairs. Indeed, Trump attacked McCabe many times on social media and even rejoiced when Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired him at 10 p.m. last Friday, just 26 hours before his retirement was to have begun.

Why the fixation on this? Here is the back story.

After the unlawful use of the FBI and CIA by the Nixon administration to spy on President Nixon’s domestic political opponents, Congress passed the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act in 1978. This statute outlawed all domestic surveillance except that which is authorized by the Constitution or by the new Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.

That court, the statute declared, could authorize surveillance of foreigners physically located in the United States on a legal standard lesser than that which the Constitution requires. Even though this meant Congress could avoid the Constitution — an event that every high school social studies student knows is unconstitutional — the FISC enthusiastically embraced its protocol.

That protocol was a recipe for the constitutional crisis that is now approaching. The recipe consists of a secret court whose records and rulings are not available to the public. It’s a court where only the government’s lawyers appear; hence there is no challenge to the government’s submissions. And it’s a court that applies a legal standard profoundly at odds with the Constitution. The Constitution requires the presentation of evidence of probable cause of a crime as the trigger for a search warrant, yet FISA requires only probable cause of a relationship to a foreign power.

In the years in which the FISC authorized spying only on foreigners, few Americans complained. Some of us warned at FISA’s inception that this system violates the Constitution and is ripe for abuse, yet we did not know then how corrupt the system would become. The corruption was subtle, as it consisted of government lawyers, in secret and without opposition, persuading the FISC to permit spying on Americans.

The logic was laughable, but it went like this: We need to spy on all foreigners, whether they’re working for a foreign government or not; we need to spy on anyone who communicates with a foreigner; and we need to spy on anyone who has communicated with anyone else who has ever communicated with a foreigner.

These absurd extrapolations, pressed on the FISC and accepted by it in secret, turned FISA — a statute written to prevent spying on Americans — into a tool that facilitates it. Now, back to McCabe.

Though the use of FISA for domestic spying on ordinary Americans came about gradually and was generally known only to those in the federal intelligence and law enforcement communities and to members of the Senate and House intelligence committees, by the time McCabe became deputy director of the FBI, this spying was commonplace. The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (is it really a court, given that its rulings are secret and it hears only the government and it rejects the constraints of the Constitution?) has granted 99.9 percent of government surveillance requests.

So when McCabe and his colleagues went to the FISC in October 2016 looking for a search warrant to conduct surveillance of officials in the Trump campaign, they knew that their request would be granted, but they never expected that their application, their work and the purpose of their request — as far removed as it was from the original purpose of FISA — would come under public scrutiny.

Indeed, it was not until the surveillance of Trump and his colleagues in the campaign and the transition came to light — with McCabe as the poster boy for it — that most Americans even knew how insidiously governmental powers are being abused.

The stated reason for McCabe’s firing was not his abuse of FISA but his absence of candor to FBI investigators about his use of FISA. I don’t know whether those allegations are the true reasons for his firing or McCabe was sacrificed at the altar of government abuse — because those who fired him also have abused FISA.

But I do know that there are lessons to learn in all this. Courts are bound by the Constitution, just as are Congress and the president. Just because Congress says something is lawful does not mean it is constitutional. Secret courts are the tools of tyrants and lead to the corruption of the judicial process and the erosion of freedom.

And courts that hear no challenge to the government and grant whatever it wants are not courts as we understand them; they are government hacks. They and the folks who have facilitated all this have undermined personal liberty in our once free society.

The whole purpose of the Constitution is to restrain the government and to protect personal liberty. FISA and its enablers in both major political parties have done the opposite. They have infused government with corruption and have assaulted the privacy of all of us.

 

[From an article written by Andrew P. Napolitano, senior political analyst for Fox News]

 

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Four dead and dozens hospitalized in Georgia due to massive overdose of sold-on-the-street painkiller

At least four people are dead and dozens more have been hospitalized after overdosing on what authorities in Georgia believe to be Percocet.

The victims reportedly ingested a “yellow pill,” which authorities have not yet definitely identified.  The Georgia Department of Public Health called the pills “extremely potent” and warned that while the overdoses are concentrated in the middle and southern areas of the state, the drugs may be sold elsewhere, AJC.com reported.

Opioid overdoses, including prescription drugs and heroin, killed more than 33,000 people in 2015, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). More than half of the fatalities involved a prescription opioid.

Georgia Poison Center is currently working with the hospitals and gathering more information to determine whether these additional cases are connected to the cluster of overdoses reported in the past three days.

Emergency workers responded in the last 48 hours to reports of overdoses in Centerville, Perry and Warner Robins, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. However, the drugs might also have been sold on the street in other areas of the state.

Doctor are eagerly awaiting toxicology tests to find out what is in these pills that triggered this mass overdose.  They worry about the possibility of more cases if this drug is still on the streets.  “Difficulty breathing, slurred speech, most are coming through the ambulance,” Dr. Chris Hendry said.

The chief medical officer describes the symptoms of the rash of overdose patients that have arrived at a Macon hospital in the last 48 hours.  They all had one thing in common, they took pills that they thought were pharmaceutical quality pain meds. They were wrong.

“It’s being sold on the street as Percocet, however, when it’s taken, the patients are experiencing significant and severely decreased levels of consciousness, and respiratory failure,” Hendry said. “There have been four deaths associated with this opioid overdose.”

It’s not yet known what the pills contain.

In a recent trend, drug dealers are creating counterfeit pain pills that contain the powerful synthetic drug fentanyl but look like legitimate pain pills. Users have no idea of what they’re taking.  “Someone has developed this particular pill, this substance and passing it off as a prescription medicine. It’s not,” Sheriff Dave Davis said.  Davis said he’s working with state and federal law enforcement to catch those selling the drug, before there are more overdoses and overdose deaths.

“Somebody knows something about the person passing out this poison in our community and someone should make the call,” Davis said.

Doctors have issued an alert warning people not buy pain medications from someone on the street. They could produce deadly results.

 

[From articles published by FOX NEWS and WSB-TV in Atlanta]

 

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