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venerdì 14 aprile 2017

“American Carnage” The New Landscape of Opioid Addiction

BC Provincial health officer Dr. Perry Kendall has issued the following statement marking the one-year anniversary of the declaration to the epidemic of opioid-related overdoses in B.C. "Tragically, in that 12-month period, we have seen an additional 919 deaths.”

This despite the heroic efforts of volunteers, family members, front-line emergency responders, health-care personnel and law enforcement officials who have responded to and reversed thousands of overdoses and saved hundreds of lives. This despite emergency orders that authorized overdose prevention sites, and despite unprecedented collaboration at the municipal, provincial and federal levels. This despite awareness campaigns that stress the risk and emphasize that substance-use disorder is a health condition like many other health conditions and that those suffering from it are brothers, sisters, parents, and children from all walks of life.
“While the continued toll is discouraging, we must also acknowledge that because of these actions, hundreds of people are alive and hundreds more are now in treatment and recovery who would not be if not for these interventions.
“Many more resources are available for people to turn to when they need help. And for the first time in B.C., work is underway to build the addictions treatment system into a coherent continuum that offers assessment and appropriate interventions and follow-up when people need it.
“As the health system partners with those in public safety, there is broad recognition that we cannot arrest our way out of this situation – but neither is it likely we can treat our way out of it. The introduction of highly potent synthetic opioids has been the game-changer in B.C., and I don’t think we are going to be able to keep these out. Although it has yet to be verified, we believe that the unprecedented surge in deaths in November, December and January is attributable to the more widespread arrival of carfentanil here in our province.
“In the face of this challenge, the many people involved in the response across the system are resolved to continue this fight. And there is more work to do. We must maintain our front-line responses, support our staff and volunteers on the front-lines, establish supervised consumption sites, expand access to opioid-assisted treatment (OAT) such as Suboxone, expand access to injectables like hydromorphone for the small proportion of people for whom other therapies do not work, and increase coordination and linkages with the recovery community. We need to improve pain management, develop better prevention programming to reduce the risk of people turning to substance use, help support increased resiliency in families, children, and youth, and address the issues we have with homelessness and housing affordability.
“But I believe we also need to engage seriously in mature conversations about different ways to regulate psychoactive substances. Portugal shows how a careful approach can make significant inroads in reducing use and harms – by shifting from criminal sanctions to administrative penalties for drug use, coupled with investments in prevention, treatment, social, educational and housing supports while maintaining criminal sanctions for importers.
“I think that unfortunately, we still have a long road ahead, but I believe that we have the means, the motivation, and the compassion to turn this situation around.”
In 2016, 49 people across the north lost their lives to illicit drugs. So far this year, there have been six fatal overdoses in the Northern Health region.
For the most recent numbers click here.


Drug overdose deaths top 1,400 in Virginia in 2016 Patricia Sullivan 

Opioid Epidemic April 12, 2017

Heroin, oxycontin, and similar drugs are killing Americans at an unprecedented rate, now so high that opioids have surpassed gun homicides and car accidents among the leading causes of death. 
But the true scandal, as Caldwell shows, is that political elites' ideology of deregulation—moral and economic, liberal and conservative—is responsible for creating, disguising, and prolonging the carnage. As Caldwell puts it, “The politics of the 1980s wound up enlisting the American middle class in the project of its own dispossession.”
Ending the devastation wrought by opioids in American communities requires us to acknowledge that the crisis exists. 

That's why we're pleased to report that Fox News host Tucker Carlson recently interviewed Christopher Caldwell on his show, calling “American Carnage” the “single best overview of the opioid crisis” yet printed. 

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