Recording live from the 2016 Indiana NENA/APCO Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana it’s episode 105 of Within the Trenches, sponsored by Indiana NENA and INdigital – A leader in Next-Gen Core Services. This episode is entitled “Open Mic”. My guest list consists of show regular Rob, Nicole, Assistant Director of Montgomery County, Lindsey, dispatcher with Fulton County and the audience/attendees of the conference. This was the first time I have ever done a podcast with a live audience and it turned out amazing! We tell all kinds of funny stories and some of them may make you blush. There is a warning in the beginning so listen and remember, you have been warned.
This is a must listen so make sure to check it out and share! As always if you have any questions or if you want to be a guest on the show send an email to email@example.com.
Episode topics –
- Bottle cap story
- “Annie are you ok, are you ok Annie?”
- “I am the drunk driver”
- “Something is stuck”
- And many more!
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By Ricardo — 7 years ago
Zeeland, MI – June 1, 2012 was a day for awareness. About 40 people, according to The Holland Sentinel, “showed up Friday afternoon to join two women in a picket line targeting synthetic marijuana sales at a Zeeland party store.” The women, Anita Cushman, and Lynn Prins, organized the picket line in what the City Clerk confirmed in a recent email to Jabber Log as being the first in Zeeland’s recent history.
The picket line of concerned members of the community were set up in front of AJ’s, the local store that is selling the legal drug known as “Spice” or “K2”. The line sparked the interest of others within the community, as most were unaware of the legal drug in question.
“There was a woman that came down with her two boys,” explains Cushman in a recent interview with Jabber Log, “well what is this that you’re talking about,” says Cushman as the woman, “her son said, ‘oh you mean the bath salts?’ and she said, “what’s that?’ So we explained it to her and she looks at him and she says, ‘how do you know about this and I don’t?’” Cushman and Prins go on to explain, “It’s about awareness.”
So what is Spice or K2?
According to the Office of National Drug Control Policy:
- Synthetic marijuana (often known as “K2” or “Spice”) and bath salts products are often sold in legal retail outlets as “herbal incense” and “plant food,” respectively, and labeled “not for human consumption” to mask their intended purpose and avoid FDA regulatory oversight of the manufacturing process.
- Use of synthetic marijuana is alarmingly high. According to data from the 2011 Monitoring the Future survey of youth drug-use trends, 11.4 percent of 12th graders used Spice or K2 in the past year, making it the second most commonly used illicit drug among seniors.
What are the public health risks?
- Health warnings have been issued by numerous State and local public health authorities and poison control centers describing the adverse health effects associated with the use of synthetic cannabinoids, substituted cathinones, and their related products.
- The effects of synthetic marijuana include agitation, extreme nervousness, nausea, vomiting, tachycardia (fast, racing heartbeat), elevated blood pressure, tremors and seizures, hallucinations, and dilated pupils. Similar to the adverse effects of cocaine, LSD and methamphetamine, bath salt use is associated with increased heart rate and blood pressure, extreme paranoia, hallucinations, and violent behavior, which causes users to harm themselves or others.
The synthetic drug proves to be quite harmful as described by the Office of National Drug Control Policy. It is clearly stated above that effects are “similar to the adverse effects of cocaine, LSD and methamphetamine.” To show a more detailed look at how this affects the body, an infographic has been provided courtesy of recoveryconnection.org. It’s for this reason and the heartache of seeing others suffer from this over-the-counter legal drug that has driven both Cushman and Prins to take a stand and bring awareness to their community.
“It’s all about educating people,” said Prins in an interview with Jabber Log. “How are we going to educate our kids as parents if we’re not educated? You can’t teach about something you know nothing about and the only way to learn about it, is for people to start talking about it and keep the talk going.”Post Views: 416
By Ricardo — 8 years ago
In honor of Father’s Day I would like to take this time to talk about my father who is pictured on the left. Yes, on the left, the one with the bright white “Don King” hair. Although we’ve had our share of quarrels I thank you for everything you have done for me. You were very strict and hard on me but I thank you because I was able to develop a work ethic like no other. My sense of music is mostly because of you. Every trip we took to Texas when I was growing up I remember everyone crashed out late at night in the van while you and I were up front listening to Oldies and Classic Rock. I listen to the same with Logan and he loves it. Your thirst to compete has been embedded within me. It can be a curse at times but I’m a badass for it.
I remember a lot of times that you would have flashed your patented LOD and tore me a new one. A few times that come to mind are when you caught me smoking for the first time. I was about 16 or 17 and I really didn’t know what I was doing but you threatened me with smoking an entire carton if I thought I was man enough and I never smoked again…well until I was old enough which was still stupid of me because my dumbass has asthma. Thanks for trying to show me the way back then and I have since learned my lesson. I also remember my first beer. You had just left to work and I was curious as to what you were drinking so I snatched one. I cracked it open and the suds ran out and onto the steps of the basement. I took a sip and damn that Old Milwaukee tasted like ass! I about vomited and I hated it. Why would anyone drink this? I’m sure you knew I snatched one but you didn’t say anything. Years later we shared our first beer together and it reminded me of the scene from “Vacation” where Chevy Chase shares his beer with his son. I felt badass old man. Thank you for always treating me like an adult and being tough on me. Despite the hard ass in you there is a fun fool that comes out every now and then. This is why I used the picture of Tio Fernando, Tio Joe, and yourself. The sense of humor here is what I dig the most. It’s not always out in the open but when it emerges it’s contagious. Thank you once again for being you. Thank you for being my father.Post Views: 378
By Ricardo — 7 years ago
Hello folks! Recently I have been talking about Kickstarter and a new project I have been working on based on my Within the Trenches segment on Jabber Log. For those who don’t know about this segment, it’s based on my experience as a 9-1-1 operator. I have shared stories from the beginning of my career where the first real call I took was face-to-face when the chief was on his way out on my first night alone off training and a lady ran in yelling that her husband had killed himself. Within the Trenches has evolved over the past year with stories that have gone from text to audio and video.
This segment has been a big draw for my blog and ever since I started in this profession I have wanted to show people what we do and what we go through. With this new project on Kickstarter, I will do just that…well with your help, I will do just that. For those who don’t know what Kickstarter is, I have included an excerpt from their site. In their own words,
“Kickstarter is a funding platform for creative projects. Everything from films, games, and music to art, design, and technology. Kickstarter is full of ambitious, innovative, and imaginative projects that are brought to life through the direct support of others.
Since our launch on April 28, 2009, over $350 million has been pledged by more than 2.5 million people, funding more than 30,000 creative projects.”
With that said I am trying to raise $1,500 for the equipment needed in order to make the show come to life. There are some guidelines that need to be followed though. This project campaign will last until Friday Jan 11, 10:35pm. So what that means is that I have until that date and time to raise the funds. No one will be charged until that day but here’s the thing. Kickstarter is an all or nothing deal so if I am unable to make my goal I get nothing and you don’t get charged. This is good and bad in a sense but if it goes south then it wasn’t meant to be. Some incentives for pledging money to make this project a reality are rewards. I will provide a link that will show all the rewards offered for pledges below. The shirts with the Within the Trenches logo are already sought out so pledge while you can. Thank you very much for your consideration and help. I hope this show can become a reality and that our stories behind the mic will educate and inspire you.Post Views: 300