Health and Safety
Petition to United States Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Education
Allergy procedures in schools HAVE to change!!!
Two weeks ago, my daughter was given a peanut butter and jelly sandwich at school. This was with the school (by direct conversations with me - the principal, cafeteria manager, teachers and Nurse) being fully aware of her allergies to peanuts and treenuts. I took every step I could to ensure an incident like this didn’t happen to her, and it still happened. The teacher caught her after only one bite and realized the mistake made, but I was contacted rather than paramedics and her epipen wasn’t administered immediately. This was because her school administration and Nurse did not know that you should immediately give epipen, and when I arrived 40 minutes after she had the bite, I watched as the school nurse fumbled with the epipen obviously unaware of how to administer it properly. This lack of education and awareness could have cost my 4 year old her life. Thankfully it didn't turn out worse than it did. I called and emailed the school board about the procedures and events that took place before and after she had the bite of the sandwich. I have not heard anything back from anyone and I think it is time for change. The system is failing parents of children with allergies. I just read an article where a 3-year old with known and reported dairy allergies was given a grilled cheese sandwich at school last week, and died. All this because the proper procedures were not taken, and a trusted, informed adult, fed him something he couldn't have. http://fox5sandiego.com/2017/11/08/toddler-with-dairy-allergy-died-after-school-gave-him-grilled-cheese-family-says/ I have been assured by my daughter's school and administration that this will never happen again and they are being extremely proactive about the situation, even though it never should have taken my child being traumatized for these proactive steps to be taken. Proactivity is a must in every situation, BEFORE a child dies or is traumatized. I know that teachers and administrators are required to watch compliance videos and be educated about allergies and such, but how many of them actually know how to administer Epinephrine when needed? Do they know how to tell when it is needed or what some of the symptoms are? Did you know that someone falling asleep is one of many signs of anaphylactic shock? So is fever, vomiting, sneezing, itching, coughing.. hives, choking, and throat swelling seem to be the only symptoms that most people know to look for. Why would the school, or school nurse especially, call the parents before administering epinephrine and calling 911 when a child is given a known allergen? These should be the first steps! Why didn’t the school nurse know that she was supposed to have epipen immediately? If you do not have a child that has allergies like this, or have never seen what a child looks like when they go into anaphylactic shock, then you cannot imagine the wave of panic and fear that sweeps through a parent when they get a call stating that their child, in an environment that is supposed to be safe for them, was given something that is poison to their body. You can't think straight to remember to verify that the school is doing their job correctly, and quite frankly there are many parents who could be unaware of just how severe their child will react. They may not know that 911 should be called JUST IN CASE, if nothing else. They are trained to deal with a situation and can get the child to the hospital a lot faster than a parent can which is sometimes vital to the survival of the child. My daughter got worse on the ambulance ride to the hospital, I live in Dallas and cannot imagine what I could have done had I got stuck in traffic on the way there. My daughter is protected where she is right now, but what if we have to move and she changes schools? Is she going to end up in the same traumatizing situation at another school because the administration is, again, uneducated on the proper procedures to follow? Am I going to have to keep reading articles about children dying because of a severely flawed school/child care system? I am only doing what I feel is best for my daughter and the large and growing community of children with allergies attending school in the United States. I never want to read an article that a child died again because the school didn't know any better, or didn't do the right thing by a child after they were introduced to something they are allergic to, especially when I know there is something I can do to prevent it. Please sign this petition so we can take the steps and get to the people who can make a difference in the lives of children with allergies. I am petitioning to make it a standard in all schools and child care facilities that educators and administrators as well as school nurses are educated in the proper procedures to take when presented with a child with severe allergies that has ingested their allergen. They all need to be educated on proactive steps to avoid the child receiving their allergen, and that in the event that they are given said allergen, the proper steps are taken. Epinephrine first, THEN 911, THEN parents should be contacted. This should be the standard. Let’s make it so. Thank you!
Petition to North Carolina State House, Richard Burr, North Carolina State Attorney General
Domestic Violence Victims shouldn’t have to wait a year and day to divorce their abuser
In the State of North Carolina the law for a married couple to get a divorce is a separation of a year and one day. There are no exceptions to this rule. This can be understandable for a cooling off period. However, there should be some exceptions to this rule. One in particular that would be in the instance of Domestic Violence. The victim has to remain married to their abuser for the year and one day before they can file for divorce. There should be an exception to the rule. There are so many things that are unable to be changed for the victim without the divorce decree. In a lot of instances, they feel unprotected. If there is proof and an order is in place, a victim should be able to file for divorce from their abuser within 60-90 days instead of the normal year and a day. I myself have experienced my abuser able to get a job at my same place of employment, loss of insurance without a divorce decree, and unable to have seperation of items through courts leaving me in a financial drain and him in a financial gain. There is so much more as well but this was just the tip of the iceberg. I can’t change my name and he has used his status to illegally gain access to medical records. Victims need to be protected more. When I tried to remove my abuser from my health insurance, they told me that Domestic Violence orders and separations do not count as a change in status to remove him. I was forced to carry his health insurance until I couldn’t afford to pay the premiums and the insurance company dropped me. A person who has Lupus, RA, and other health issues.
Petition to Drug Enforcement Agency, Food and Drug Administration, President of the United States
Let the White House know Kratom leaf is safe and should remain as a dietary supplement.
We are petitioning today in regards to the FDA’s public health advisory related to their mounting concerns regarding the alleged risks associated with the use of kratom, a traditional tealeaf in the same family as the coffee plant. The agency’s two main concerns that this advisory focuses on are poison control center calls, increasing 10-fold from 2010 to 2015, and 36 deaths “associated” with kratom. This letter considers these concerns, puts them in perspective to other commonly used substances like energy drinks, and presents sound scientific evidence that was submitted to the DEA, FDA, as well as members of Congress and the U.S. Senate in 2016 showing that kratom tea is safe and poses little to no health risk to Americans nationwide. We will also cover mutually beneficial manufacturing practices and standards that have been adopted by the kratom industry that would alleviate any compliance issues, and ensure continued safe use for the millions of Americans that enjoy this celebrated traditional tea. As recent as the Fall of 2016 the DEA brought up the same concerns that the FDA has now, but sought a much more aggressive approach by attempting to emergency schedule kratom tea through the Controlled Substances Act. This was the first time a natural tea was targeted in this fashion, and Senator Orin Hatch along with 8 other U.S. Senators and 51 U.S. Representatives advised the DEA to consider consumers, researchers, health professionals, law enforcement officials, and other stakeholders to allow a more fulsome decision. This opened a six-week public comment period that resulted in an overwhelming 23,023 Americans (99.1%) submitting comments during the DEA’s 6-week comment period favoring to keep kratom legal. Only 113 people (0.49%) were for banning kratom. If it were as “deadly” as the FDA says it is, wouldn’t at least 1% comment to ban it? The FDA claims Poison Control Center calls increased 10 fold from 2010 to 2015 but neglected to report the actual call numbers or put them in perspective. The agency is citing a July 2016 study by the CDC that states the calls were at 26 in 2010 then 263 in 2015. Out of 323.1 million Americans only 263 calls were made to poison control centers while in 2014 energy drinks received 5,156 calls with more than 40% of those calls involving children younger than 6, with some suffering cardiac and neurological symptoms. Scientific research, expert testimony, and Poison Control data have shown that kratom tea is far less dangerous than these common substances that pose serious health risks to Americans and our nation’s youth. The agency uses the term “associated” when describing the 36 deaths because kratom was not the sole cause of death when in fact no deaths have ever been attributed to kratom alone. This numbers pales in comparison to 34 deaths attributed to energy drinks in 2014 alone. In all kratom cases individuals died while taking prescription drugs and other substances, some even of natural causes, but happened to have been taking kratom at the same time. This issue was of great concern to the state of Florida and was addressed by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Rick Swearingen with the Office of Statewide Intelligence in 2015. Their investigation concluded, “A review of available law enforcement and laboratory sources in Florida demonstrates that Kratom does not currently constitute a significant risk to the safety and welfare of Florida residents. According to the Florida Department of Health (DOH), no pervasive health issues have been attributed to the ingestion of Kratom products in Florida.” This subject has also forced independent studies by revered scientists like Jack Henningfield PhD of Pinney & Associates, one the world’s leading experts on addiction and safety. He states, “This is a remarkable record of safety and low abuse risk for any substance used by millions of Americans, as described by other witnesses in this hearing, and it is especially remarkable for a substance with some opiate-like pharmacological activity.” The beneficial potential, safety, and efficacy of kratom tea has been discussed, studied, even clinically researched and found to be as safe as coffee, its close relative, with several NIH funded studies conducted, some of which are still ongoing within the last few years. In recent years the kratom industry has labeled all products for adults 18 years of age and up, adopted FDA labeling standards, analytically tests kratom leaf with state of the art technology, as well as recommending reasonable and safe dosage, while manufacturing in American made GMP facilities. Given the facts there is more than enough research and evidence in support of kratom being a safe herb that millions of Americans use to support their health and overall well-being. Please urge the FDA to reconsider their stance and take a closer look at the facts and science that is still fresh from last year. We sincerely appreciate Commissioner Gottlieb’s concern but we need not repeat that past so quickly.
Petition to President of the United States, Barack Obama, Donald Trump
Stop CBD From Becoming A Schedule 1 Drug
The DEA is at it again! They are trying to make CBD(Cannabidiol) illegal even if it is derided from hemp a schedule 1 on January 13th 2017. We need to get this out to mainstream media and stop it! Millions of sick people & Children rely on CBD (Cannabidiol) for everyday living, CBD (Cannabidiol) has stopped children and adults with epilepsy. Look below at the link and read! https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/12/14/2016-29941/establishment-of-a-new-drug-code-for-marihuana-extract This is going not only going to effect people's quality of life, but it will also take away thousands of jobs for the people who are currently working to help others with the use of industrial hemp and Cannabis. Please sign the petition, This is a group effort anyone who has any suggestions or would like to help! Benefits of CBD "Cannabidiol"-Additional, preclinical studies suggest that CBD may have therapeutic benefits in the treatment of various conditions, including chronic pain, anxiety, nausea, rheumatoid arthritis, schizophrenia, diabetes, PTSD, alcoholism, strokes and cardiovascular disease, cancer, and other ailments.
Petition to Home Depot
Home Depot: Stop selling dangerous chemicals
A weekend home improvement project shouldn’t result in a dangerous exposure to chemicals. You can walk into any Home Depot and buy paint strippers containing two highly toxic chemicals—methylene chloride (also known as DCM) and N-methylpyrrolidone (NMP). Short-term exposure to DCM can be deadly. According to OSHA, paint strippers containing DCM have been linked to more than 50 deaths nationwide since the 1980’s — usually during tasks like refinishing bathtubs in poorly ventilated spaces. Long-term exposure to DCM has been linked to liver toxicity, liver cancer, and lung cancer. A chemical this dangerous shouldn’t be available in home improvement stores. Some companies market NMP as a safer alternative to DCM. But the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) has warned that NMP exposure puts women of childbearing age and pregnant women at risk of harm to their fetuses. NMP has been linked to miscarriage, fetal death, decreased birth weight, and other fetal developmental effects. The EPA recently proposed major restrictions on these chemicals in paint strippers under a new chemical safety law. But that process could take years and there’s just no good reason for retailers like Home Depot to continue selling products containing these chemicals — especially when safer alternatives are readily available. Retailers like The Home Depot have a track-record of proactive leadership in restricting the sale of other toxic chemicals, such as phthalates in flooring materials. The Home Depot has an excellent opportunity to build on that track record by also phasing out the sale of paint strippers containing DCM and NMP. Please sign and share this petition to encourage retailers like The Home Depot to protect our families from these dangerous chemicals. Help us tell The Home Depot to stop selling DCM and NMP-filled paint thinners today.
Petition to U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, Federal Drug Administration
Change the way Antidepressants are prescribed.
If you look at the world today, antidepressants are being passed out like candy. We see and hear in the news broadcasts that many of the individuals of these mass shootings had some sort of mental issue. These psycho-stimulants and/or antidepressants may work wonders for some but what about the others? What about the millions of individuals who have adverse effects that cause them harm like long and short term memory loss, tremors, uncontrollable spending, a hate for society, and even suicide? What about some of you reading this that have tried 2, 3, 5, maybe 10 or more antidepressants or Psycho-stimulants before they found the one that works but now you have irreversible damage from the other meds you tried before? My story: I simply went to my doctor for my annual blood work review. I told him about the stress I was feeling at work and that I had taken a 'free' mental test online. This test indicated that it was possible that I had a mild case of depression. My doctor prescribed me an antidepressant (SSRI) along with Valium to take when I had anxiety. This was in November of 2017. I didn't know I had an issue until or an adverse effect until Aug 2017 when I started seeing unrecognizable charges through my PayPal account. All I will say is the amounts are extreme. The more I tried to remember back to the previous months, I can't. I don't remember my birthday, most of the summer; I get confused while reading, dizzy, vomit daily, and the list goes on. Please don't take this as a 'poor me' because it's not. I'm one of millions of individuals who have had adverse effect to these medications. I read stories of families who lost a family member due to suicide or attempted suicide. I have friends who suffer from PTSD who have been on so many different medications and they still don't work for them. Look, I know that the brain is very complex but we do have technology out there that can possibly help. No, nothing is 100% but if there is a glimmer of hope to stop the majority of the people from suffering from most of these black box side effects. I believe we need the following changes: Give M.D’s and D.O.’s the ability to refer Therapists, Psychiatrists or any medical profession of your liking: I don’t know about your state but here in PA, when I noticed I had an issue and I was bottoming out, my M.D. could only write down a list of Psychiatrists, I had to make the appointment. I called 10 different people from the list and never received a call back from any of them! Give the M.D.’s and D.O.’s the proper authority to refer a professional so we can get help faster! Limit what M.D.’s and D.O’s can prescribe and when they do prescribe these medications: Look, I love my M.D. but I believe that they should have limits placed on them on what they can prescribe (dosage wise) until they can refer the patient to another professional that specialized in the area of treatment that is needed. Provide information about the side effects and the possible adverse side effects that can occur: We all know that know that the FDA places the old ‘black box’ warnings on these medications. The prescribing medical professional should communicate the possible side/adverse effects of the medications. In my case, if I had known what to look for, had the information to pass on to my loved ones, they would have seen that I was having issues and I could have alerted the doctor in a timely manner. Again, my heart goes out to people who are reading this and wished their doctor warned them of the adverse effects of the medication (educated them on the product) so they could watch their child or parent more closely for adverse effects. Maybe their loved ones would still be here today! Genetic/DNA Testing: When I realized what was going on, my anger was through the roof. I questioned my Therapist why don’t these big pharma companies study people who have adverse effects compared to having a positive experience? She then informed me that there is such a test! They can look at an individual’s DNA and determine the possibilities of side effects. Genesite is one of many that can look at your DNA and determine the possibilities of side effects caused by these antidepressants/psycho stimulants. I do not endorse nor I'm I affiliated with this company in any way, shape, or form. But could this be a part of the puzzle to help millions of people find the right treatment the first time? I believe that it surely could not hurt! I think these tests should become part of the process of prescribing antidepressants/psycho stimulants so we can take a real look at our genetic makeup and insurance companies should recognize these types of tests. The website is https://genesight.com/product/ if you which to see how it works. Stop Direct-to-Consumer Ads: New Zealand and the United States are the only two countries that allow DTC Ads! According to a survey online, 74% of physicians believe that DTC prescription drug ads overemphasize the benefits of the drug which misinforms the patients. They spend more time on the so called ‘benefits’ of their drug than telling the public about the actual studies and findings of ALL the REAL side effects. As an example of the relax DTC laws, Vioxx was advertised from 1999 to 2004 for arthritis and pain relief. It was withdrawn from the market for causing strokes and heart attacks, suspected of causing the death in 4,540 mortalities from Jan 1, 1999 to Jun 30, 2005. Bextra, Quaalude, Cylert, Darvon, and Zelnorm are just a few examples of other products taken off the market for safety concerns AFTER it was advertised to the public. 81% of doctors surveyed in 2013 say that DTC prescription drug ads promote drug over-utilization. As an example, it was found that meds that treat ADHD were prescribed around 25% times more in the USA than in the UK which do not allow DTC ads. Pharmaceutical industry tripled spending on marketing psychotropic drugs, including a 500% increase in DTC ads. The use of psychotropic drugs increased 22% from 2001 - 2010 which results in one out of five adults taking at least one psychotropic drug! Source: https://prescriptiondrugs.procon.org Ending Statement: I don't want to suffer anymore and I'm sure there are millions of others whose lives have been torn apart by this issue as well. Technology is there and it should be used! I hope this petition finds those who believe in a better way of life. I want change, we need this change. I want to save a loved one’s life, and together we can do this! Please share this request and let’s make it go viral and make this change become reality. This is my story which will be different from many others. I encourage you all to act and tell us your story. Start a petition, let them know what we need changed. Thank you
Petition to Michael Doyle, Michael Dell, John Anderson, Dave Majernik, David Seitz, Dave Vento, Paul Dern
Plum Borough residents want Fracking restricted from Rural Residential Zones.
Citizens 4 Plum is a citizen’s group working to ensure that unconventional gas development does not negatively impact the safety, and quality of life for people in Plum Borough. The following is a petition to the Councilmen of Plum Borough respectfully requesting that council discard the Conventional Use of Oil and Gas Compressor Station, Oil and Gas Processing Plant, and Oil and Gas Well/Pad aka unconventional gas drilling or fracking within the Rural Residential Zone. High-volume hydraulic fracturing is known to be a heavy industrial process, in fact it is defined as such in the applications that were submitted to Plum Borough by Huntley and Huntley Energy Exploration LLC. Unconventional gas drilling within the Rural Residential zone is an impermissible use of the Borough’s zoning power. It’s also an irrational scheme that allows a single type of industrial use in an otherwise non-industrial zone. Unconventional gas drilling will convert most of the Rural Residential zone into an industrial zone which upends the investment-backed expectations of the people who live and moved into Plum Borough. Unconventional gas drilling within the Rural Residential zone violates citizens constitutional rights under Article 1, Section 27 of the Pennsylvania Constitution because it fails to ensure that citizens will not suffer harm to their constitutionally protected interests. What we’re asking council to do is to simply protect our constitutional rights by NOT allowing this one industry to perform a heavy industrial process outside of an industrial zone. We are aware that the borough must allow for the reasonable development of natural gas. We hear you when you say that you cannot control HOW the industry conducts business, only WHERE. We are asking you to control where, we’re not asking you to change any language in the performance standards, which the industry has commented are arbitrary. We as a community recognize that any protection to our constitutional and environmental rights is a step in the right direction.
Petition to Donald Trump, Jerry Brown
Sewage leaks; Mexico is financially responsible. Stop the funding of a Campground in TRV.
Tijuana River Valley for the last 6 decades have continuously fallen victim to the Sewage from the Mexican Sewage collection and treatment facilities. The "leaks" have caused continuous heath risks to beach-goers, valley residents are flooded due to the excessive trash and debris which flows downriver from Tijuana. Over the decades the U.S, has funded repairs and construction requesting Mexico to fund a certain portion. The historical trend of Mexico's economy is the value of the Peso declines as the U.S requests financial support. Mexico also is not communicating with the IBWC regarding any leaks into the Tijuana River. The Sewage is to be pumped off shore away from the beaches. As a resident the odor is repulsive, nauseating, headache inducing, some children have been sick as a result of the sewage leaks. We must hold Mexico accountable. We demand an apology from the Baja California Govenor Francisco Vega de Lamadrid. To read more about the sewage leaks and the history and impacts. https://www.google.com/amp/www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/border-baja-california/sd-me-border-sewage-20170310-story,amp.html***UPDATE November 11th, 2017***SB507 was introduced and lobbied a lot this summer. The Assemblyman T. Gloria even posted a video/commercial asking for constituents to support SB507. We were never advised of a campground which would be added into the writing AFTER the loobing was complete. We were all misinformed and misled. We now demand not only Mexico be held responsible for the spills, but County Supervisor Cox who wishes to have a 1,800 acre Campground in the Tijuana River Valley needs to reassess his dreams. We need to ensure all contaminated soil is free of any contaminates, the waste and tires need to be removed, before a campground can be built. Let's ask Supervisor Cox and other elected officials to demand the money be reallocated to help CLEANING UP, Building or Maintaining Infrastructures, Building retention ponds in case there is a spill. SB507 initially read in February 2017 - "This bill would instead authorize the money granted to the County of San Diego to be available for the development, rehabilitation, protection, and restoration, including studies, of natural lands in the Tijuana River Valley."SB507 now reads "This bill would instead authorize the money granted to the County of San Diego to be available for the development, improvement, rehabilitation, protection, and restoration of natural and park lands in the Tijuana River Valley, for specified studies of the land, as provided, and for the development of a campground, as provided. By changing the purposes of an existing appropriation, this bill would create an appropriation.We believe we were misled on how SB507 funds was going to be distributed to fund the restoration of natural lands in the Tijuana River Valley. We are now angry residents who demand this funding be changed to support the iniital reading of the Bill. Here is the time line of SB507.February 16, 2017 - Introduced by Ben Hueso AMENDED IN SENATE MAY 16, 2017AMENDED IN SENATE MAY 22, 2017AMENDED IN SENATE JUNE 19, 2017Assemblyman Todd Gloria's Commerical - August 22nd 2017AMENDED IN ASSEMBLY AUGUST 22, 2017 - this is where the campground is Added INTO the Bill. PASSED IN ASSEMBLY SEPTEMBER 07, 2017PASSED IN SENATE SEPTEMBER 14, 2017ENROLLED SEPTEMBER 19, 2017Approved by Governor October 06, 2017. Filed with Secretary of State October 06, 2017.We have since formed a group sharing our "Citizens Rage" you can find it (and join) at https://www.facebook.com/groups/CitizensAgainstSewage/or on twitter @CASewage. Thank you for taking the time to read and sign our petition.R/Citizens Against SewageFounder and all Members