We have been alerted to “more of the story” with respect to Opioid statistics. Please contemplate the following that we’ve received from an astute and informed reader:
Amy Coombs “It’s misleading in that opioid numbers from the CDC include illicit opioids and the actual number of prescription medication overdose deaths are considerably less. It’s not to say there’s not a major issue occurring…I’ll check out his site. I am a clinical therapist working with pain patients and substance use issues, macro policy/researcher, and consultant by trade. The devil is always in the details on this issue and the CDC has also issues clarification on its numbers as well. It’s just important to note that the methods used in the data; that the opioid numbers include illicit substances as well as scripts and the method in which they measure poly pharmacy use also matters. (The Ole’ Buzzard’s emphasis.) I know that it’s not the point of the document, so I’m not wanting to take away from that. Just know that there’s considerable evidence of disagreement regarding the opioid overdose death rate numbers. Here are a few articles that link to the CDC data https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.
We add the following URL to a video that Amy has posted on Facebook https://youtu.be/gMXHAPutGJA?t=1
The Ole’ Buzzard says, “A tragedy is a tragedy is a tragedy and profiting from it is a travesty; however, let’s always look at all sides of the numbers that could possibly make sense.”
Thank you Amy!zzzUp to a third of opioid overdose deaths might be suicides, researcher concludes - Nexus Newsfeed
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