Pre-release data reported by the Associated Press on 2019 opioid overdose deaths indicates that for the first nine months of 2019, opioid overdose deaths rose grew at a faster rate when compared to the same time period in 2018.
Aggregated DEA pill data is reported as a ratio of state population to average monthly scripts at selected dosage amounts.
On September 6, 2019 the CDC published updated data on it’s Injury Prevention and Control website and the major takeaway is that drug overdose deaths are continuing to rise.
Share the News LikeBy 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….
AKA letter to CDC on Kratom reads like déjà vu when compared to claims made about prescription opiates
A recent letter from the American Kratom Association (AKA) in response to a report issued by the CDC on Kratom being detected by medical examiners and coroners, reads like déjà vu when comparing it point by point to claims made about the role of prescription opiates in the drug overdose crisis
Few journalist and for that matter, Congressman or Senators, will take the time to actually read the details on publications from government agencies
Share the News 3 3SharesLike Liberalizing the Weaponization Process By R Carter Between 2010 and 2014 there was a focused effort in government and healthcare to broaden efforts to collect data related to opiate poisoning deaths. It was well known that the use of death certificates lacked details and there was no…
Weaponizing research data on the use of opiates in chronic pain management.
Share the News 4 1 5SharesLikeBy R Carter Updated September 2019 Since the first draft preparation of this post nearly a year ago, see Part 1 here, much has changed. The CDC’s methods of preparing it’s 2016 Guidelines for Chronic Pain had come under widespread criticism for the disregard of a scientific method…
Updated August 2019 – Despite expanded efforts which include investigating more overdose deaths and using toxicology to identify specific substances, the best method for identifying the contribution of prescription opioids to overdose deaths, i.e. cross referencing them with Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Data, is not used by the CDC when reporting on the opioid crisis.