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Drug overdose deaths up again in Minnesota

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  1. TBO

    TBO Why so serious? CLM

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    Heroin (right) and other paraphernalia used to prepare and take the drug. Taken at the Superior police department.

    Minnesota Health Commissioner Ed Ehlinger on Thursday blamed "diseases of despair" as his agency reported another increase in substance abuse deaths.

    "Minnesotans are suffering on what we're calling diseases of despair," Ehlinger said during a news conference in St. Paul, defining those diseases as chronic pain, depression, substance abuse and suicide. "It's brought on in part by a lack of hope, a lack of opportunity and a lack of a pass out of poverty."

    Drug overdose deaths among Minnesota residents increased from 583 in 2015 to 637 in 2016, based on preliminary data, the Health Department reported. That's an increase of just over 9 percent and represents a six-fold increase since 2000.

    Opioid prescriptions in the state dropped at the same time, by 8.6 percent from 2015 to 2016. Prescription pain pills have been widely cited as contributing to the national epidemic of opioid misuse.

    But overdose deaths are not just a medical problem, Ehlinger said during the news conference, which was live-streamed on Facebook.

    "We're working with providers," he said. "We also need to work with communities."

    The data released on Thursday showed a much greater impact from drug abuse on people of color in Minnesota than on whites.

    The rate of drug overdose deaths was six times higher among Native Americans than among whites in Minnesota, and twice as high among African Americans, reported Jon Roesler, epidemiologist supervisor with the health department. The Native American death rate from overdoses in Minnesota is rivaled only by Alaska's, Roesler said, and the African American death rate is the fifth-highest in the country. But the rate among the state's whites is the 10th-lowest.

    It also takes on a different characteristic in nonmetro Minnesota compared with the seven-county Twin Cities region, Ehlinger said. While drug overdose deaths increased across the board in the metro area, opioid and methadone-related deaths actually decreased in greater Minnesota from 2015 to 2016. But methamphetamine deaths increased by nearly 60 percent, to 62.

    Statewide, the number of deaths from prescription opioids has flattened, Roesler said. "That's really good news. ... But the epidemic continues to morph in front of us."

    The Health Department used the news conference to unveil an "opioid dashboard" added to its website, a "one-stop shop for opioid data and information," as the department's Kate Erickson put it.

    The Minnesota Department of Health's "opioid dashboard" can be found online at health.state.mn.us/divs/healthimprovement/opioid-dashboard.

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  2. as400guy1

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    So, Darwinism?
     
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  3. Bruce M

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    Darwinism and/but with a substantial financial an emotional costs that spread far beyond just the abusers.
     
  4. Paul53

    Paul53 All in all I'm just another brick in the wall.

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    Treated so many I've given up caring about them. Just label them suicide.
     
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  5. hammerkill

    hammerkill chinese name but all american Silver Member

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    TBO, what do you recommend we do? Double down on the WOD?
     
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    Dealing opiates should be a capitol crime. Possession should carry a long sentence of hard labor. Unfortunately that's a thing of the past thanks to Libtards. Prison isn't a deterent for many anymore, just part of life. Inmates are treated far too well.
     
  7. racerford

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    Apparently, the government has decided to punish those that are truly in chronic pain and need the opioids, not to get high, but to function at a near normal level. With some level of quality of life.

    It is like when criminals kill people with guns, the government solution is to punish those that are innocent and have never committed a crime with a gun, and likely never will.
     
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    Are you providing the meats and we bring a dish? Is this a BYOB event?
     
  9. GeorgiaGlocker

    GeorgiaGlocker Philippians 4: 6-7

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    Dealers do certainly deserve alot of blame but the folks that decide that it is a good idea to take any illegal drug for the first time deserve as much if not more blame.
     
  10. kiole

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    Ban it!
     
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  11. Glock&KimberLady

    Glock&KimberLady Morior Invictus Silver Member

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    Ban what? All opioids?
     
  12. hammerkill

    hammerkill chinese name but all american Silver Member

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    THIS RIGHT HERE! I know people in so much pain and were cut off right out of the blue. Besides being in intractable pain they had to withdraw. A few were hurting so bad they committed suicide.
     
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    It!

    I just write this to every drug post TBO makes.
     
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    No death.
     
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    Glock&KimberLady Morior Invictus Silver Member

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    Ah, well, in that case...

    Carry on! :thumbsup:
     
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    The government is trying to prevent overdose deaths because they are more terrible than suicide deaths...... stupid government bureaucrats and politicians. Maybe some of them should be inflicted with terrible chronic pain and denied adequate relief. Then maybe they would change their tune.

    Perhaps if we left what medicines a person is prescribed should be left up to the doctors treating people.
     
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    TBO Why so serious? CLM

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    Why is the US the only country/culture with the prescription opioid system we have?
     
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  18. hammerkill

    hammerkill chinese name but all american Silver Member

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    If someone goes into the doctors office and his blood pressure is 220/110 and he is holding his neck I am going to go out on a limb and say he is severe pain. Pain pills to me would not be unreasonable.
     
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    Paul53 All in all I'm just another brick in the wall.

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    In the big city ER I worked, it's just a revolving door. One guy even claimed to be allergic to Narcan so we'd stop ruining his highs. They keep shooting some dealers chemistry experiment and we keep reviving until the time nobody notices he's gone too deep. Then it's a funeral. Should be classified as serial suicide attempts.
     
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  20. racerford

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    We aren't.