Amid social distancing, authorities nationwide are reporting a surge in fatal opioid overdoses. Addiction and recovery advocates say the U.S. is now battling two epidemics at once. . . .I imagine that if you are an addict struggling to keep your habit under control, boredom and stress can't help.
In Franklin County, Ohio, where Lynn lives, the coroner is warning residents of a continued spike in drug deaths, including six on April 24. One week before, the coroner announced that five people died in a span of 12 hours. In February, overdoses were so prevalent the coroner said she might need a temporary morgue to handle the deluge.
“Folks for the fourth Friday in a row we have had a surge of overdose deaths: 6 yesterday,” Dr. Anahi Ortiz posted on Facebook on April 25. . . . Montgomery County, Ohio—which is home to Dayton and was considered the country’s overdose capital in 2017—is reporting a 50 percent jump in overdoses over last year. Coroner Kent Harshbarger suggested to one local news outlet this increase could be closer to 100 percent: “March had around 42 which, our normal baseline is somewhere in the 20s usually. So 42 is a significant increase.”
Indeed, authorities in counties across Florida, Texas, Pennsylvania and New York are also reporting rises in overdoses during the COVID-19 crisis.
Monday, May 4, 2020
Opioids and the Other Excess Deaths
I have seen modeling that says we are undercounting Covid-19 deaths because deaths in toto have gone up much more than the confirmed coronavirus deaths, which is probably true, but they then argue or assume that we should attribute all of the excess deaths to the coronavirus. But maybe not:
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I imagine that if you are an addict struggling to keep your habit under control, boredom and stress can't help.
Imagine if we had a system where addicts could go get the help they need without having to worry about the cost, or losing their jobs from missing work, or stigma.
Imagine if we invested the paltry resources necessary to help transform people from chronic drains on society back into healthy, happy, productive citizens.
Imagine if we lived in a society that valued people over profits.
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