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When Shots Are Fired

yhst-98642741707334_2061_314858Bullet Blocker®  is a company we were recently introduced to.

We hear about shootings at the workplace, schools and on college campuses so often that we actually habituate to this flow of disturbing news.

Bullet Blocker® has actually done something so simple that it is really ingenious. They have incorporated bullet resistant linings into products that we often have with us in setting where these shootings occur. These include lined school backpacks, laptop bags and day timers.

Please visit them at and browse their wide variety of outstanding products.

I am picking up the panels for my laptop bag. My work takes me to a wide variety of destination and I always have my laptop bag with me. I have been on the receiving end of gunfire and I recall vividly how vulnerable I felt out in the open with no hard points or cover to get behind. To be able to bring the bag up as one “hits the deck” or bundles down into the smallest presentable profile, and cover up with this bullet resistant product could easily be the game changer.

If you have children in school or college I suggest looking into the backpack line.

I will be expanding on this blog entry in the near future.

In the meantime kudos to the Bullet Blocker team for bringing what is usually reserved for law enforcement and the military to ordinary folks like you and me. (More on the company)


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Date Rape Drugs: Unintentional Ingestion and Tragedy

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As the school year comes to a close we see the typical spike in requested safety trainings by parents especially for their daughters who will be traveling or soon off to college.

The “date rape” or “predatory” drugs are always an area of concern and we dedicate an entire module to this issue.

While we are all concerned about the malicious and intentional use of these drugs to incapacitate our daughters it is important to remember that these substances have and will continue to be inadvertently ingested in situations where there is no malicious intent, or intent at all for that matter.

I am reminded of the tragic death of a young woman in high school who attended a party several summers ago. A small party of people well known to one another and at which her and her friends were only drinking non alcoholic beverages .

At one point this young woman started to feel badly and her friends suggested she lay down on the couch. She did so but her condition did not improve. Her friends then took her home and attended to her as she rested. Not very long after arriving home the young lady stopped breathing and was dead by the time paramedics arrived.

A police investigation revealed that one of the young men who had hosted this small party had kept a large bottle of drinking water in the refrigerator to which he had added some GHB. He was sipping on this periodically to maintain his mild “buzz”. The young lady who had arrived at the party on a that hot summer day had gone to the refrigerator and poured a large glass of water for herself from that bottle and later died from, what for her, was a lethal dose of GHB.

The hard lesson learned from this tragedy is that one can easily ingest a dangerous substance even when in a situation where the substance was not intended to be shared or given to anyone else.

We remind our student to think outside the box and keep this tragic story in mind when next at a party or friends house and you reach for some bottled water. If that bottle is not sealed, you are better off drinking tap water.

The other lesson is that if you even just suspect that a friend may have ingested a drug or substance that is starting to effect them, rather be safe than sorry and get them medical attention immediately.

If someone has been drugged, even inadvertently, they need to be evaluated by a doctor. If it turns out to be a false alarm, well no harm in a false alarm. But if they do in fact have a large dose of a drug in them, immediate medical attention is critical and any time wasted getting this for them could be time that costs them their lives.

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