Utah bureaucrats ignore looking for street dealers as the reason for OD’s ?

stupidcanyoubeUtah DEA agent says opioid epidemic ‘bane of our existence’

fox13now.com/2016/09/28/utah-dea-agent-says-opioid-epidemic-bane-of-our-existence/

Notice that they state …  An average of one person dies every day in Utah due to an opioid overdose.. and they show a picture of  opioid… when there was a article last week in the Boston Globe   Only 8.3 percent of those who died had a prescription for an opioid drug

and who are the bureaucrats going to talk to ?  “We’re looking at health care providers, first responders, public safety professionals, practitioners, pharmacists, wholesalers—this whole group together in a room to talk about this epidemic, which has become the bane of our existence,

This reminds me of a old joke…. I guy saw a person standing in the street.. under a street lamp … appeared to be looking around on the ground… the guy walked up to the fellow and asked if he could help… if he had lost something… and said that he had lost a ring… the guy asked where did he think that he had dropped/lost it… the fellow pointed down the street – about 1/2 block away…  the guy asked the fellow.. why he was looking here for his lost ring… the fellow said that it was dark down the street and this was where the STREET LIGHT WAS.

The Boston Globe article suggests that around 90%+ of the pts who OD.. does not have a legal prescription for the opiate that toxicology found in their blood… so who are these bureaucrats going to talk to… Those who deal with the legal distribution of opiates… when all those illegal drugs they are actually ODing from .. are coming from outside of our country from cartels and “street dealers”…  I guess that the “street dealers” are “hiding in the dark” ?

SALT LAKE CITY – An average of one person dies every day in Utah due to an opioid overdose, and state leaders gathered for a two-day summit starting Wednesday to discuss ways to reduce that figure.

Utah’s problem with heroin and opioid addiction has been on the rise for nearly a decade now, to the point where we are one of the leaders in the U.S. when it comes to deaths due to opioid and heroin overdoses.

It is a multi-faceted problem requiring a broad-based coalition of people and agencies to deal with it.

“We’re looking at health care providers, first responders, public safety professionals, practitioners, pharmacists, wholesalers—this whole group together in a room to talk about this epidemic, which has become the bane of our existence,” said Brian Besser of the DEA in Salt Lake City.

This particular summit has been in the works for several months. The bottom line is that hundreds of Utahns have died from preventable deaths over the past 10 years. Law enforcement personnel said they know they are part of the solution, but they also acknowledge the need for everyone in the community to step forward and be pulling in the same direction.

“They have to walk out to a treatment facility, a funded treatment facility, that offers legitimate pharmacological, sociological and psychological support,” Salt Lake County Sheriff Jim Winder said.

They also want folks who have dealt with or who are currently dealing with the problem firsthand to take part.

“We want the community to come forward and say: ‘Hey, let’s talk about this,’” Besser said. “We don’t necessarily have to be shameful about this, let’s get out and talk about it, let’s address it and say, ‘Hey, I am dealing with this problem at home, it has hit home with my family, and it’s come under my roof—what can we do to address it collectively? And we need help.”

Part of that community involvement will revolve around the screening of a film Wednesday night called “Chasing the Dragon.” That will be followed by a family discussion featuring medical and mental health experts, along with those who have lost loved ones due to an opioid overdose.

The screening begins at 6 p.m. and the round table discussion follows at 7 p.m. The event is being held downtown in the Sheraton Salt Lake City Hotel, 150 West 500 South.

 

 

2 Responses

  1. 90% of ODs are from people without legal prescription,yet they keep giving the misguided impression that it is legit patients.The vast majority of pain patients under medical supervision,use this medicine responsibly and have no problems with it,yet it is legit patients who are made to suffer by the over regulating and Doctor fear.Under treatment is NOT a light matter,and needs to be corrected.While they bicker in board rooms,people in the real world are made to suffer unnessassarily because of the smaller number of people who violate our laws.For decades now millions have been under treatment with these beneficial substances,with very little problems.But now they declare in hysteria a crises and fail to distinguish between the legit needs and illegitimate.Im sorry for those who have misused and overdosed,but please stop punishing people who are already in enough misery with constant pain.

  2. I agree with Donald Duck!

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