By R Carter
Having followed the opioid overdose data closely, both from my state and from the CDC, I’ve been anticipating press releases from those who want to take center stage and claim credit for the miniscule drop in overdose deaths which have occurred between 2016 and 2017. That is when the numbers become final, anything prior to that is provisional, as some investigations are held up for various reasons and cross checking of data between different sources must occur. If anyone thinks the data is going to offer a smoking gun that will shed light on this insanity, guess again. But it may provide some hints for those who have mistakenly rushed to judgement on the cause for opioid related deaths.
Also seems I’m not alone in waiting for spin doctors to take credit and and an early favorite of mine has been for the pro-Narcan pundits, although I don’t expect anyone to produce any data which actually documents how many OD’s were actually reversed with this drug.
I still find it amazing that in this country there has been a pushed for free Narcan, some advocated for having it handed out on street corners. Yet despite the image this conjures up, the country still wants to label this a prescription opiate crisis. Maybe those advocates should be standing out in front of their local pharmacies. Oh, my bad, that’s not the group of people who keep dying by tens of thousands.
The first sign of my favorite choice in this race comes from an article published by Josh Bloom. As always Josh has a trusted and honest point of view, having taken no sides in the opioid crisis debate. In his recent article Overdoses Are ‘Falling.’ But What Does That Really Mean? he shares his perspective.