Behind the Party: Be Prepared for the Real Legal Risks to Party Drugs

Partying often comes with some less than ideal behavior. People drink more than they should, put themselves in riskier situations, and often, take party drugs.

While this can often seem like youthful exuberance, there can be real consequences. Unfortunately, those consequences are often brushed aside as the ideal of young people having fun gets the focus. The potential fun is never worth the trouble an individual can get in for being a part of that scene. For the sake of this article, I will avoid the most obvious risks, those related to health and safety, that sometimes get brought up. Instead, I want to talk about the legal risks young people run when they are part of the party scene. The truth is that the party scene can lead to serious legal consequences, even for those who aren’t indulging in these behaviors.

Consider the legal penalties for possessing ecstasy in Massachusetts. James Powderly Cape Cod Criminal Defense Attorney highlights some of the most serious legal issues an individual might face for ecstasy.

As a Class B drug, if the individual is charged simply with possession for a small amount of ecstasy, they are looking at a potential $1000 fine and up to a year in prison. Much more seriously, if an individual is charged with possession with intent for a large amount of ecstasy, they are facing up to $10,000 in fines and up to 10 years in prison. That’s for a first offense. Offenses after the first have mandatory minimums associated with them, including a mandatory 2 years in prison and a mandatory $2,500 fine that can go up to $25,000.

In other words, the risks associated with ecstasy are very high. Mr. Powderly also points out that sometimes people can get wrapped up in these charges even when they personally were not in possession of the drug. They’ll then have to go to great expense to prove the drugs were not theirs.

There is a strong argument that the country should not prosecute drugs so strenuously, that there shouldn’t be mandatory minimums, and that drugs like ecstasy shouldn’t come with such serious punishments. While, again, there is much to be said for this argument, that isn’t the reality at the moment.

So, it is important to caution the young who are out there enjoying the party scene to be careful. Be aware of the risks to your health, your safety, and to your freedom. Think twice before making any risky choices, and be sure to have a plan if something goes wrong and you find yourself in legal jeopardy.

In that case, it is always best to get the best lawyer you can as soon as you can. While you may believe the use of party drugs shouldn’t involve law enforcement, law enforcement doesn’t agree, and you will need a good legal defense to avoid the consequences the system has in mind.

Are motorcycles better for the environment?

One upshot to riding a motorcycle is the fuel efficiency. Putting aside how cool, how fun, how absolutely thrilling it is to ride, you’re also always getting better mileage than any of the other guys on the road.

That got me thinking, shouldn’t the motorcycle be a symbol of the environmental movement?

I dabble a bit in saving the planet. I recycle. I clean up parks when I have some free time. Around the end of the year, I donate to a few Earth-friendly organizations if I have money left over after buying everything for Christmas. And, when I’m not riding, I take the bus everywhere.

It sure would be nice to be able to pat myself on the back for being even more Earth-friendly than I thought. I might even be able to convince myself that the environmental impact was one of the reasons I started riding in the first place.

Unfortunately, it’s not quite that clear-cut. According to the MythBusters, motorcycles do have better fuel efficiency, and they do have lower carbon dioxide emissions, but they emit far more of some of other pollutants.

According to the LA Times, that includes more than 8,000% more carbon monoxide and 416% more hydrocarbons.

To sum it up best, of course, there’s Adam Savage: “At best, it’s a wash. Motorcycles are just as bad for the environment as cars,” he said on the show. “At worst, they’re far worse.”

This result was apparently not unexpected. According to experts in the article, the problem is the lack of space and the quick rise in cost for motorcycles. There’s simply not the room to attach some of the fancy engine changes that cars all have now to lower their emissions. At the same time, the motorcycle has just been able to slip by without as much attention to that side of its engineering since it isn’t the main vehicle for most people.

Still, it’s a disappointment for me, since I now feel a little more guilty when I go for a long ride. At least, as the article says, it took fewer raw materials to put the bike together. That’s something.

And, I suppose, if I forget about the kind of emissions, there’s something to be said for motorcycles taking up less than one percent of the overall pollution.

In the end, though, guilt or not, I’ll keep riding. The risks of riding never stopped me from it, and the costs are unlikely to do so either. I know bikers have a higher risk of serious accidents. I take the proper precautions. Now, I know bikers also create a lot of pollution, how I’ll take precautions against that, I don’t know.

Perhaps I’ll try to offset somehow. I could donate more, and more often. I could try to eliminate some other kind of environmentally unfriendly behavior. Perhaps I’ll give up plastic bags.

I encourage everyone reading to consider these sorts of steps. I doubt many of us would give up our rides, but that doesn’t mean we can’t do something to keep the world a little cleaner.

Dental Treatment Just Became Painless

Let’s face it. Even adults avoid the pain and the discomfort associated with dental treatment. Thus, many never make any appointment with a dentist.

Dental treatments do not have to be uncomfortable or painful. Several years of experience have enabled a number of dentists to learn new tricks that will make dental treatments quick and relatively pain-free – including injections, which are supposed to make a patient numb prior to the actual treatment.

The Babylon Dental Care clinic, for instance, has found the solution to make even routine teeth cleanings a worthwhile experience through the use of a gel called Oraqix®. This gel helps relieve discomfort or sensitivity. Additionally, through the use the Cavitron®, tissue trauma experienced by patients when dentists use hand instruments to clean their teeth, is minimized. With regard to cavities, instead of drilling or use of anesthesia, said clinic rather recommends micro-abrasion, which is a high-pressure baking soda mixture.

Painless dentistry, also called sedation dentistry, is an absolutely safe procedure. In this form of dental treatment, a patient is calmed through the use of mild forms of sedation before a dental treatment is actually performed. To help relieve patient anxiety, the area that needs to be treated it numbed so that the patient will not feel the work of a dentist or hygienist. The procedure would have been completed by the time the sedation wears off.  There are varying levels of sedation in painless dentistry:

  • Minimal Sedation. Though the patient is awake, he/she will feel calm.
  • Moderate Sedation. The patient may be awake, but not fully aware.
  • Deep Sedation. The patient is slightly conscious.
  • General Anesthesia. The patient is completely unconscious

Sedation dentistry has actually been practiced by dentists for many years; new techniques, however, has expanded its application, allowing it to be used even for simple treatments, like teeth cleaning. The calming and numbing effects of sedation have also proven an effective antidote even for people who cannot bear the thought of being in the dentist’s chair.

Administering sedation may be done through the following means:

  • Inhaled – this is done through the use of a breathing mask.
  • Oral – a pill that comes in a variety of strengths is given to a patient. This will make a patient feel groggy so that he/she would be asleep during the procedure.
  • IV Sedation – this is administered through an IV drip and it takes effect almost immediately. The dentist can continually monitor and adjust the dosage if necessary.

 

How Business Litigation can quickly become personal

In modern business, litigation becomes an issue for the overwhelming majority of people. Whether the other party is an ex-employee or a supplier, you may have a longstanding relationship with them. You may try to keep your emotions out of the litigation, but that can be difficult when dealing with your livelihood. According to the litigation lawyers at Slater Pugh, enlisting the support of a qualified legal representative when facing these and other breaches of trust can give you the best chance at protecting your company.

One common type of business litigation is between a business and ex-employee. When an employee is trying to prove wrongful termination or discrimination, motive is everything. To establish motive, lawyers will review specific conversations and interactions that took place during the employee’s tenure. The nature of this reminiscing is frequently extremely emotional. Questions of context and meaning arise, and misunderstandings can be upsetting to all parties involved. A classic way of determining discrimination is by proving other employees engaged in the same behavior but were not fired. This situation brings more employees into the litigation and only serves to deepen the emotional toll.

Another common type of business litigation is between two business partners and involves intellectual property. Intellectual property is defined as “a work or invention that is the result of creativity, such as a manuscript or a design, to which one has rights and for which one may apply for a patent, copyright, trademark”. This may seem straightforward, but what if the partners took a collaborative approach. Suddenly you are disputing the individual credit and fighting for your ideas. These situations can quickly become emotional, especially if money and friends are involved. In these situations specifically it is essential to have a litigation lawyer taking care of the details.

Dockworkers are Engaged in one of the Most Dangerous Jobs in the United States

On November 4, 2016, just before the end of his shift, which ran from 6 pm to 3 am, Bert Tufele, a Samoan longshore worker at the Stevedore Services of America (SSA) drove his utility tractor (UTR) close to the vessel, from which he was moving cargo containers, that was docked at Pier A of the Marine Terminal in Long Beach. His UTR, however, accidentally clipped the bombcart of another UTR that was in front of him. Upon impact, Tufele was thrown out from his UTR; the vehicle’s tires run over him, causing in him fatal injuries.

There had been other longshore worker deaths on this Long Beach dock in the past, most being workers who performed duties in other job classifications. The death of Tufele, however, is believed to be the first death that involved a UTR driver and the accident not linked to a faulty equipment or to another individual. This is why UTR drivers, prior to the start of their shift, are required to inspect their vehicles; during operation, they should maintain safe speed and always wear a seatbelt. Most UTRs, however, have no speedometers and have mechanical defects, such as missing or malfunctioning seatbelt.

Shippers’ task task of loading and unloading cargo ships promptly and efficiently necessitates two things: the need to be physically fit and the need to go through extensive training so they can learn to load and unload properly.

Their job, however, is also one of the most dangerous jobs in the United States and, like any labor-intensive job, they are at risk of work-related injury, especially when machinery malfunctions or when other people act negligently.

Filing a maritime lawsuit against the manufacturer of a defective product or against the party whose negligent actions contributed to the accident may be necessary for the injured to claim additional financial compensation that will help pay for his/her medical bills, lost wages, and other damages.

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