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April 6th, 2010
08:30 PM ET

The Teaser

"The Teaser” is a preview of the guests we have lined up for the next day – so you know when to tune in (and when to set your alarm!). Guests and times are always subject to change.

We are continuing our coverage of the West Virginia mine explosion, with our own John Roberts on the scene, investigating Massey Energy and their previous violations.

In addition, we have the following guests:

6:30AM The new nuke strategy – significant step forward, or significant step back? We'll ask Matthew Bunn, author of "Securing the Bomb".

8:30AM Doctors are trying to crack down on prescription drug abuse – but are they putting themselves in danger? Wilbert Plummer from the DEA and Dr. Jeffrey Coben from West Virginia University will breakdown the problem.

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  1. Revd Stephen Normand

    Just heard the blurb about Spirit Airline charging for overhead much as I resent this charge I can understand how it's come about. Too many people are greedy with this space..many times I've arrived at my seat and found no room for my own shopping bag or cabin bag (in the old fashion sense of the 60's..I still use my BOAC Cabin bag!!)..I think the charges are too steep perhaps $10.00 to begin with depending on the size of the bag or item....for the record I haven't seen a cabin steward or stewardess offer help to put a bag up for anyone..I have heard them mutter complaint to be asked and refusal straight out...when travelling Business or First on very rare occasion (due to upgrading only in my case by the airline) I have had the stewards take my bag and jacket as well as coat...not that way further back in the cabin! I resent that $$$ has become such an evil in our social mores...the airlines are the most ungrateful of all big business and are unbelievably selfish squeezing the customer. I am so glad to have the memory of flight travel when it was a pleasure, exciting and a treat. Thanks for the news but it is Bad News unfortunately...anything good from the airlines?? It all began with taking away the peanuts and then the napkins on transatlantic flights...what would the Wright Bros. think? All the best to you at CNN!

    April 7, 2010 at 10:14 am |
  2. Pauly

    Doctors are, and have been, placing chronic pain patients, (cpp's), in danger. There are currently between 50-70 million cpp's in this country. Many are untreated or undertreated. No group has suffered more due to prescription drug abuse. The blame has been unfairly placed on those suffering most.

    A cpp is not likely to divert his/her pain medications as they are our lifeline. Prescription drugs are more liely to be diverted from those that have received then due to an acute pain incident. They also are more easily prescribed for such pain.

    Cpp's have to undergo many obstacles before & during any such treatment. We are constantly accused of being drug addicts/abusers. doctors claim pain is "subjective" & rarely believe the cpp. many are forced into unnecessary & expensive procedures like epidurals. This on top of many unnecessary & expensive tests to try to disprove the chronic pain.

    Pain relief is NOT the goal, it's "pain management." More likely to be "managed" less than what is neceesary to give the cpp a decent quality of life. this is a form of torture to those who have done nothing more than to acquire a debilitating chronic disease.

    Personally, I have undergone numerous procedures, surgeries & implants to avoid the need for pain medications. These have caused my condition to worsen & spread to other areas of my body. Recent tests have proved this but I am now on less medication than I was before. I have been given the option of a deep brain stimulator. I received no relief from a spinal cord stimulator so I am not too thrilled to try a DBS.

    I have been forced to take almost every anti-depressant, anti-seizure & other anti these & those medications that were never meant to be used for pain relief. Many of these have known & unknown potential side effects much worse than opioid pain meds. The same w/ the numerous nsaids I have been prescribed.

    Two years ago, my quality of life was placed at 60%. It's much lower now w/ me only leaving my home for doctor visits or to fill my prescriptions. I'm no longer living, just surviving. There are millions of other Americans suffering the same fate. We hear the number of prescription drug overdoses but one fact never taken into account are those who deliberately overdose because they can no longer handle the 24/7 suffering. To many, it's the only relief available!

    April 7, 2010 at 7:15 am |