9 Indest-2008-6By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law

A powerful, heroin-like drug that rots human flesh and bones has allegedly appeared in the United States for the first time, according to a number of news outlets. In Phoenix, Arizona, physicians reported that they spotted two cases in which symptoms are consistent with krokodil in September 2013. Krokodil (pronounced crocodile) is a highly addictive drug that is prevalent in Russia and Eastern Europe.

Krokodil Users Can Be Left with Zombie-Like Appearances.

According to USA Today, krokodil ravages the flesh, exposing bones, destroying internal organs and leaving users vulnerable to infections. Users often develop abscesses and gangrene. A recovering krokodil user said that she’s seen other addicts rot from the inside out, giving users a zombie-like appearance and, in some cases, impairments.

To read the USA Today article, click here.

DEA Waiting for Lab Reports to Verify Krokodil Use.

A Los Angeles Times article stated that the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has been tracking the use of krokodil abroad for at least two years. According to DEA officials, there is still no lab evidence that the two cases in Arizona are from the use of krokodil. However, toxicologists as the Arizona poison control centers said they remain worried because emerging drug trends are usually first noticed by area physicians.

Click here to read the entire Los Angeles Times article.

No Legislature on Krokodil in Florida.

Since it is still not confirmed that the cases in Arizona are krokodil, the Florida Attorney General’s (AG) office has not discussed any bans on the drug yet. Unfortunately it will be hard to ban the ingredients used to make krokodil since most can be bought over the counter, such as headache pills, iodine, gasoline and paint thinner.

However, the Florida government will step in to try to curb anything that might spark more zombie outbreaks. You may remember in December 2012, AG Pam Bondi filed an emergency rule outlawing 22 new synthetic drugs, commonly known as “bath salts,” “K2,” and “Spice.” This emergency rule expanded the list of synthetic drugs in Schedule I of controlled substances of the Florida Comprehensive Abuse Prevention and Control Act. Click here to read our previous blog.

This emergency rule is evidence of Floridians’ fear of zombies and cannibal attacks allegedly linked to the misuse of the outlawed substances. Florida has been linked to both in the national news, thus scaring away many of our tourists. Of course, there are those detractors who contend that face-chewing and other alleged zombie behavior is just natural behavior for Floridians, regardless of the chemicals imbibed.

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Comments?

Have you ever heard of krokodil? How long do you think before Florida will see its first krokodil zombie? How long do you think it will take the Florida AG to enact legislation banning the drug? Please leave any thoughtful comments below.

Sources:

Mosemak, Jerry, and Winter, Michael. “Flesh-Rotting ‘Krokodil” Drug Emerges in USA.” USA Today. (September 27, 2013). From: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/09/26/heroin-krokodil-flesh-rotting-arrives-us-arizona/2879817/

Hamilton, Matt. “Krokodil, More Perilous Than Heroin, Possibly Surfaces in Arizona.” Los Angeles Times. (September 28, 2013). From: http://www.latimes.com/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-krokodil-heroin-arizona-20130927,0,7644763.story

About the Author: George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., is Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law. He is the President and Managing Partner of The Health Law Firm, which has a national practice. Its main office is in the Orlando, Florida, area. www.TheHealthLawFirm.com The Health Law Firm, 1101 Douglas Ave., Altamonte Springs, FL 32714, Phone: (407) 331-6620.

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5 Indest-2008-2By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law

As we’ve discussed many times, Floridians fear zombies. This was made apparent in recent legislation against bath salts. As a citizen of Florida, you know you are not safe; not from zombies, not from British tourists, and not from the state legislature.

However, there’s a glimmer of hope. Twinkies, the only food known to mankind that can allegedly survive a post-apocalyptic zombie outbreak (reference: Zombieland 2009) or a nuclear holocaust (reference: Family Guy, second season, third episode December 26, 1999), are back on store shelves as of July 15, 2013, according to Bloomberg.

Click here to read the entire article from Bloomberg.

Twinkies Are Back But Won’t Last Forever.

According to Bloomberg, Hostess’s previous owners ended distribution of all products in November 2012. This sparked a nationwide panic, sending people running to grocery stores, gas stations and the internet to find the last few boxes of Twinkies on the market.

Under new ownership Hostess treats, including Twinkies, are back in a big way. Distribution of Twinkies will include chain stores, such as Walmart, Albertsons and Kroger, and also 110,000 convenience stores throughout the country.

But contrary to popular belief, the original Twinkie had a true shelf life of only 26 days. Now, according to National Public Radio (NPR), with a few tweaks to the recipe the spongy yellow cakes can live on shelves for more than double that, 45 days.

So, if Twinkies were your zombie invasion survival plan, we suggest rethinking your strategy.

To read the NPR article, click here.

Florida Synthetic-Drug Zombies are Illegal.

Floridians don’t have as much to worry about these days because on April 24, 2013, Florida’s governor signed the Controlled Substances Bill into law. This bill adds 27 substances to Schedule I of controlled substances, making it a third-degree felony to sell, manufacture, deliver or possess with intent to sell synthetic drugs, commonly known as “bath salts,” “K2,” and “Spice.” To read the press release from the Florida Office of the Attorney General (AG), click here.

In December 2012, I previously wrote about Florida’s AG filing an emergency rule temporarily adding these substances to Schedule I of controlled substances. Click here to read that blog. This legislation now permanently bans these synthetic drugs.

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Comments?

Are you excited about the return of Twinkies? Have you rushed out to grab a spongy yellow cream log yet? Tell us your thoughts below.

Sources:

Stanford, Duane. “Twinkie Fans Delight in Hostess Return from Zombie Death.” Bloomberg. (July 15, 2013). From: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-07-15/twinkie-fans-delight-in-hostess-return-from-zombie-death.html

Godoy, Maria. “The Science of Twinkies: How Do They Last So Darn Long?” National Public Radio. (July 10, 2013). From: http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2013/07/09/200465360/the-science-of-twinkies-how-do-they-last-so-long

About the Author: George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., is Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law.  He is the President and Managing Partner of The Health Law Firm, which has a national practice.  Its main office is in the Orlando, Florida, area.  www.TheHealthLawFirm.com  The Health Law Firm, 1101 Douglas Ave., Altamonte Springs, FL 32714, Phone:  (407) 331-6620.

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1 Indest-2008-1By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law

You saw it on The Simpsons (Episode 19, Season 18). Homer “sleep-driving” and doing other stupid things without remembering them because he was prescribed “Napien.” (Note: “Napien” is the fictitious cartoon brand name for zolpidem, the main active in Ambien.)

You see it on YouTube with thousands of posted videos showing friends and family “ambo-tripping” or seemingly awake doing bizarre things while on a prescription sleeping medication. Although I have only viewed a few hundred of these, all the ones I have seen appear to be real-life occurrences.

I have never sleepwalked before. I have never been “hypnotizable” even when confronted by some of Vegas’s best magicians and hypnotists. I also always thought I was immune from any possible “Ambien moments” or “ambo-tripping” as the younger (and older) generation calls it.

Tom Brokaw’s Ambo-Tripping Inspiration.

It has only been since Tom Brokaw ambo-tripped through the halls at the Democratic National Convention in 2012 and later admitted this, that I have found the courage to write about this. Mr. Brokaw, a news anchor of indisputable integrity, claims to have accidentally taken a sleep medication by mistake. Then, reportedly bizarre conduct on his part occurred, whence he was rushed to the emergency room to be evaluated (bizarre conduct at the Democratic National Convention being totally inappropriate!). Later, he bravely admitted to the event. What inspiration!

My Personal Napien Moment.

Now I can admit to my own “Napien moment” like unto Homer Simpson.

It occurred late one Sunday night, the eve of my wife’s return from an extended trip out of town. As in most cases when my wife leaves town, my son and I lived the bachelor’s life until the day before her return. However, in this instance, we even put off doing the laundry, doing the dishes and cleaning up until late that Sunday night.

I was finally able to put a load of my golf shirts into the wash, after taking a prescribed sleeping tablet and sat down to watch the late reruns of Nurse Jackie, Game of Thrones and other Sunday night favorites. All the while I was worried about how long it would take to wash, dry and immediately hang up all of those shirts, just so my wife would not know I wore any clothes while she was gone.

The next morning I woke in a start, in my bed, the alarm clock not having been set and late for work. “Oh no” I thought, “I still have to dry and hand up all those shirts.” Knowing this would only make me later for work, I ran into the laundry room to get them into the dryer before I showered.

I opened the washer door: no shirts. I opened the dryer door: no shirts. I looked around and there were all my shirts, perfectly laundered, hanging up on hangers, not a wrinkle.

During the night, without recalling it at all, I must have gotten up and finished all my laundry. I guess this is a good thing. I’m just glad that ambo-tripping George didn’t drive them down the street and donate them all to Goodwill.

Now you ask: “What does this have to do with zombie law?”

Answer: “Nothing.”

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About the Author: George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., is Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law.  He is the President and Managing Partner of The Health Law Firm, which has a national practice.  Its main office is in the Orlando, Florida, area.  www.TheHealthLawFirm.com  The Health Law Firm, 1101 Douglas Ave., Altamonte Springs, FL 32714, Phone: (407) 331-6620.

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9 Indest-2008-6By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law

Fake weed plus you equals zombie. That’s the message from the Washington D.C., Department of Health (DOH). In May 2013, the DOH launched a health campaign in hopes of stopping D.C. residents, especially young adults, from using synthetic marijuana. The campaign ad depicts teens who have morphed into zombies. To see the ads, click here.

As Washington, D.C., tries to cut down on its zombie population, Florida recently made it illegal to become a zombie.

Synthetic Drugs Are Targeted Towards Young Individuals.

Most of the synthetic drugs are easily found online and in convenience stores. According to the Washington, D.C. DOH, synthetic drugs are popular, especially among young adults. A 2012 study of the Washington, D.C. area showed that at least ten percent (10%) of middle school students admitted to using synthetic marijuana and at least twenty percent (20%) of high school students reported to using it. There are no reports on how many of these adolescents are now walking the country as zombies.

It Is Now Illegal to Become a Synthetic Drug-Zombie in Florida.

On April 24, 2013, Florida’s governor signed the Controlled Substances Bill into law. This bill adds 27 substances to Schedule I of controlled substances, making it a third-degree felony to sell, manufacture, deliver or possess with intent to sell synthetic drugs, commonly known as “bath salts,” “K2,” and “Spice.” To read the press release from the Florida Office of the Attorney General (AG), click here.

In December 2012, I previously wrote about Florida’s AG filing an emergency rule temporarily adding these substances to Schedule I of controlled substances. Click here to read that blog. This new legislation now permanently bans these synthetic drugs.

Synthetic Drugs Not for Consumption by Humans.

Stories of side effects from using synthetic drugs are known far and wide. These drugs are known to cause psychotic episodes, hallucinations, seizures, paranoia, tremors and zombiism.

In a Huffington Post article, it’s reported the label on these synthetic substances usually reads, “Not for Human Consumption.” I’m not sure if the labels specify whether or not the products are specifically made for zombie consumption.

Click here to read the Huffington Post article.

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Comments?

What do you think of the anti-synthetic drug campaign in Washington, D.C.? Do you think it will work? Please leave any thoughtful comments below.

Sources:

Wrigley, Will. “Synthetic Marijuana Will Turn You Into A Zombie, Says D.C. Department Of Health In New Ad Campaign.” Huffington Post. (May 10, 2013). From: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/10/synthetic-marijuana-weed_n_3254914.html?view=print&comm_ref=false

Meale, Jenn. “Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Legislative Priority to Ban Additional Synthetic Drugs is Now Law.” Florida Office of the Attorney General. (April 24, 2013). From: http://www.myfloridalegal.com/newsrel.nsf/newsreleases/E84CBE99022C526F85257B5700762236

About the Author: George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., is Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law. He is the President and Managing Partner of The Health Law Firm, which has a national practice. Its main office is in the Orlando, Florida, area. www.TheHealthLawFirm.com The Health Law Firm, 1101 Douglas Ave., Altamonte Springs, FL 32714, Phone: (407) 331-6620.

The Health Law Firm” is a registered fictitious business name of George F. Indest III, P.A. – The Health Law Firm, a Florida professional service corporation, since 1999.
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7 Indest-2008-4By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law

So far on Zombie Law Blog we’ve talked about synthetic drugs, such as K2, bath salts and spice, turning people into zombies; contingency plans in case of a zombie apocalypse; and emergency alert systems warning of zombies rising from their graves. All of our prepping might be worth it.

Researchers in New Mexico say they’ve created zombie cells, or close-to-perfect replicas of animal-like cells that can perform many of the same functions despite the fact that they are not actually alive. These zombie cells are said to be stronger and harder working than their living counterparts.

Before you bunker down in your safe house, researchers say they hope to use these cells in commercial manufacturing, not to take over the work with an undead population, for now.

How Scientists Created a Zombie Cell.

According to Sandia National Laboratories, the process for creating a zombie cell involves coating living cells with silica, the stuff sand is made of, then heating the cells to more than 900 degrees Fahrenheit. This burns away the protein they’re made of, leaving behind the nonliving but structurally similar zombie cells.

Click here to read more on the zombie cells from Sandia National Laboratories.

Zombie Cells Won’t Start the Apocalypse.

These zombie cells are said to be able to withstand extreme temperatures and pressures. The cells can be arranged in any kind of working order needed and can be used in harsh environments. According to an article on Huffington Post, scientists believe this is the next step in nanotechnology, in which scientists create machines, not from metal, but from individual atoms and molecules. Click here to read the article from Huffington Post.

We’re just hoping these cells don’t start biting.

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Comments?

What do you think of these zombie cells? Do you think they are a threat to humanity or a scientific breakthrough? Please leave any thoughtful comments below.

Sources:

Freeman, David. “‘Zombie’ Cells Created In New Mexico Lab Said to Outperform Living Ones in Some Ways.” Huffington Post. (February 21, 2013). From: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/21/zombie-cells-sandia-national-labs-university-new-mexico_n_2730166.html

Cartier, Curtis. “Rumor: Scientists Create ‘Zombie Cells’ in Lab.” MSN. (February 27, 2013). From: http://news.msn.com/rumors/rumor-scientists-create-zombie-cells-in-lab

Singer, Neal. “‘Zombie’ Replica Cells May Outperform Live Ones as Catalysts and Condctors.” Sandia National Laboratories. (February 7, 2013). From: https://share.sandia.gov/news/resources/news_releases/zombie-cells/

About the Author: George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., is Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law. He is the President and Managing Partner of The Health Law Firm, which has a national practice. Its main office is in the Orlando, Florida, area. http://www.TheHealthLawFirm.com The Health Law Firm, 1101 Douglas Ave., Altamonte Springs, FL 32714, Phone: (407) 331-6620.

The Health Law Firm” is a registered fictitious business name of George F. Indest III, P.A. – The Health Law Firm, a Florida professional service corporation, since 1999.
Copyright © 1996-2012 The Health Law Firm. All rights reserved.

2 Indest-2009-1By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law

You may remember, on December 11, 2012, Attorney General (AG) Pam Bondi filed an emergency rule outlawing 22 new synthetic drugs, commonly known as “bath salts,” “K2,” and “Spice.” This emergency rule modifies Section 893.03(1)(c), Florida Statutes, by expanding the list of synthetic drugs in Schedule I of controlled substances of the Florida Comprehensive Abuse Prevention and Control Act. Click here to read a previous blog on the emergency rule.

According to the Orlando Sentinel, local authorities are now asking Central Florida convenience-store owners to remove these synthetic drugs from store shelves, if they haven’t already.

Orange County Convenience Stores Asked to Clear Out Drugs.

The Orlando Sentinel states that a letter written by the Orange County Mayor and Orange County Sheriff has gone out to the county’s convenience-store owners, expressing their concern over these synthetic drugs. The letter also states that these drugs should be off store shelves and disposed of properly. This is a voluntary notice to get rid of the synthetic drugs. Click here to read the article from the Orlando Sentinel.

These outlawed substances are commonly found in convenience stores, smoke shops, truck stops and on the internet. Anyone who sells, manufactures or delivers the synthetic drugs in Florida could be charged with a third-degree felony.

West Volusia County is Allegedly 100 Percent Free of Synthetic Drugs.

According to an article on West Volusia Beacon Online, DeLand and Orange City police said stores in their cities are completely compliant with the ban as of February 1, 2013. Apparently, local law enforcement officials in these zombie-ridden towns in rural Florida warned store owners the sale of these synthetic drugs was no longer legal. Then a week later officials ran an undercover operation, sending operatives into stores to try to buy fake marijuana. After the undercover sting, officials believe their metropolises are now 100 percent (100%) free of synthetic zombie-inducing drugs.

Click here to read the entire article from West Volusia Beacon Online.

Synthetic Drugs Turn Citizens into Zombies.

City officials are trying to get the jump on zombies and cannibal attacks in Florida. The emergency rule is evidence of Floridians’ fear of zombies and cannibal attacks allegedly linked to the misuse of the outlawed substances. Florida has been linked to both in the national news, thus scaring away many of our tourists and “snow birds” who usually flood the state. Of course, there are those who contend that face-chewing and other alleged zombie behavior is just natural behavior for Floridians, regardless of the chemicals imbibed. Especially affected are British tourists who have greatly feared zombie attacks ever since the popular move “Shaun of the Dead.” The fall-off of fearful British tourists is not made up by the increase in German tourists who are usually attracted to such spectacles.

Since Florida seems to be the only state infected with these flesh-eaters, we are taking a poll. Should Florida be renamed “the Zombie State?” Let us hear from you.

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Do you think convenient stores will comply? Do you think we will ever win the battle against synthetic-drug zombies? Tell us, do you think we should rename Florida the Zombie state? Click here to tell us on our Facebook page.

Sources:

Prieto, Bianca. “Orange Officials to Order Removal of Synthetic Drugs from Stores.” Orlando Sentinel. (March 11, 2013). From: http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/breakingnews/os-synthetic-marijuana-illegal-orange-20130311,0,4736727.story

Attorney General. (December 11, 2012). From: http://www.myfloridalegal.com/newsrel.nsf/newsreleases/C2FED4E8849E737685257AD1006EED54

Horton, Jen. “West Volusia Cops Getting Synthetic Drugs Off Store Shelves.” West Volusia Beacon Online. (February 1, 2013). From:  http://www.beacononlinenews.com/news/daily/5686

About the Author: George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., is Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law. He is the President and Managing Partner of The Health Law Firm, which has a national practice. Its main office is in the Orlando, Florida, area. www.TheHealthLawFirm.com The Health Law Firm, 1101 Douglas Ave., Altamonte Springs, FL 32714, Phone: (407) 331-6620.

The Health Law Firm” is a registered fictitious business name of George F. Indest III, P.A. – The Health Law Firm, a Florida professional service corporation, since 1999.
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6 Indest-2008-3By George F. Indest, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law

“Civil authorities in your area have reported that the bodies of the dead are rising from their graves and attacking the living. Follow the messages on the screen that will be updated as information becomes available. Do not attempt to approach or apprehend these bodies as they are considered extremely dangerous.”

This was the voice-over message heard on the Emergency Alert System (EAS) television broadcast in California, Montana, Michigan, and New Mexico, on February 11, 2013. According to Information Week, authorities believe the announcement was from a hacker, and they are dead serious on finding out who was behind the hoax.

How the Emergency Alert System was Hacked.

According to the Associated Press, the United States recently replaced its old telephone-based alert system with a web-based system. It has been reported that each television station hacked, used the default password for their alert systems or lacked adequate computer security.

Since the prank, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has sent an urgent advisory to all television and radio stations to reset their alert system passwords. Stations were also asked to check their equipment to make sure there were no further unauthorized alerts queued up.

Click here to read the Associated Press article.

Charges the Pranksters Might Face, If Caught.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the FCC continues to investigate these cases. Officials believe the hoax originated overseas. (Or maybe some zombie enthusiasts were putting on a publicity stunt. The premier of AMC’s zombie-thriller “The Walking Dead” had just premiered the night before the alert. Also, the zombie romantic comedy “Warm Bodies” is still heating up the box office.)

According to Information Week, the person or people behind the prank could face misdemeanor charges of “tampering with a safety device,” which would include jail time and a $1,000 fine.

Click here to read an article on this from Information Week.

Reiterating There is No Threat of Zombies, Right Now.

One police officer told the Great Falls Tribune that there have been no sightings of dead bodies rising from the ground in that area. . . yet.

What if this warning had been legitimate? After this hoax, if and when the zombie apocalypse happens will it be like the little boy who cried wolf scenario?

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Comments?

What if this emergency alert had been correct? Would you have been ready? Tell us what you would do if the undead attacked.

Sources:

Karoub, Jeff and Brown, Matthew. “Hacked Alert Systems Warns of Zombies.” Minnesota Public Radio. (February 13, 2013). From: http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/02/13/news/hackers-use-alert-system-for-zombie-warnings

Schwartz, Mathew. “Zombie Alert Hoax: Emergency Broadcast System.” Information Week. (February 12, 2013). From: http://www.informationweek.com/security/attacks/zombie-alert-hoax-emergency-broadcast-sy/240148355

About the Author: George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., is Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law. He is the President and Managing Partner of The Health Law Firm, which has a national practice. Its main office is in the Orlando, Florida, area. www.TheHealthLawFirm.com The Health Law Firm, 1101 Douglas Ave., Altamonte Springs, FL 32714, Phone: (407) 331-6620.

The Health Law Firm” is a registered fictitious business name of George F. Indest III, P.A. – The Health Law Firm, a Florida professional service corporation, since 1999.
Copyright © 1996-2012 The Health Law Firm. All rights reserved.