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    "The rate of heroin-overdose deaths between 2002 and 2013 nearly quadrupled, claiming more than 8,000 lives in 2013, according to the Centers for Disease Control."

    I guess the high rate of death doesn't matter because they are not "gun crime"
    Victims!

    MANCHESTER, N.H. A day after the heroin and opiate epidemic claimed one more life here last week, firefighters, emergency medical technicians and police officers were charging up the creaky stairs of a ramshackle rooming house to reach the unit at the end of the narrow hall where Eric Piccard was clearly in distress.

    The 35-year-old unemployed drywall worker roused back to consciousness by the clamor at his door had collapsed on the bed earlier that evening after snorting a $20 heroin dose, prompting his mother's panicked 911 call when Piccard repeatedly failed to answer his cellphone.

    "I know it's not right,'' Piccard told Manchester police officer Guy Kozowyk, tears tunneling down his wind-burned face. "I just wanted some peace, to go to sleep.''

    The addict's plight, at once terribly sad and dangerous, nevertheless brought a small measure of relief for local authorities who have been encountering waves of overdose fatalities and hundreds of others teetering on life's precipice with uncommon regularity.

    National politics, as it does every four years, has taken center stage here. Yet there is no ignoring the national public health crisis that has been raging for years in the very idyllic New England communities where Democrat and Republican presidential hopefuls are now stumping for votes.

    Overdose deaths attributed to heroin, fentanyl (a powerful synthetic opiate at least 30 times stronger than heroin) and other opiate abuse has spiked from 14 in 2013 to 69 last year, according to city records. The grim numbers do not account for the hundreds of other non-fatal overdose calls that have flooded local public safety agencies, stressing the city's capacity to respond.

    http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/her...RA2?li=BBnbcA1
    Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies.

  • #2
    There are people that say having Narcan and other products with the ability to save addict's lives are a waste of taxpayer money.

    That same view is the reason why there is lack of action.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by BKnight3 View Post
      There are people that say having Narcan and other products with the ability to save addict's lives are a waste of taxpayer money.

      That same view is the reason why there is lack of action.
      It doesn't save their life, it just extended their suffering. Heroin is a very hard drug to quit, and it is also one of the most dangerous. Especially since it is so cheap that dealers are selling much more pure stuff than they used to in the last heroin wave.
      Any man can hold his place when the bands play and women throw flowers; it is when the enemy presses close and metal shears through the ranks that one can acertain which are soldiers, and which are not.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Arnold J Rimmer View Post
        It doesn't save their life, it just extended their suffering. Heroin is a very hard drug to quit, and it is also one of the most dangerous. Especially since it is so cheap that dealers are selling much more pure stuff than they used to in the last heroin wave.
        We should declare open season on dealers!
        Seriously, deal dope, get greased...
        Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Arnold J Rimmer View Post
          It doesn't save their life, it just extended their suffering. Heroin is a very hard drug to quit, and it is also one of the most dangerous. Especially since it is so cheap that dealers are selling much more pure stuff than they used to in the last heroin wave.
          So it seems until someone rich enough is effected, most people will look the other way.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by BKnight3 View Post
            So it seems until someone rich enough is effected, most people will look the other way.
            Even the rich aren't immune. Who was that famous actor, heavyset blond guy, who OD'd last year?
            Any man can hold his place when the bands play and women throw flowers; it is when the enemy presses close and metal shears through the ranks that one can acertain which are soldiers, and which are not.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Arnold J Rimmer View Post
              Even the rich aren't immune. Who was that famous actor, heavyset blond guy, who OD'd last year?
              No kidding, Andy Warhol was a notorious junky.
              Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies.

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              • #8
                In another thread we are having a discussion about relative homicides rates across cultures and I think a bit of that information is relevant here. It is not just the addiction rate or homicide rate that measures a societies success. In Japan the suicide rate almost makes up for the disparity between it and homicides in the U.S.

                Increasing affluence it seems does not necessarily lead to happy lives. There is also some evidence that equal rights do not unavoidably lead to happy lives. Happyness is an art form that our educational system is not teaching. We have evolved a culture that makes everyone turn outwardly to find happiness but the secret is in making yourself happy.
                We hunt the hunters

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by wolfhnd View Post
                  In another thread we are having a discussion about relative homicides rates across cultures and I think a bit of that information is relevant here. It is not just the addiction rate or homicide rate that measures a societies success. In Japan the suicide rate almost makes up for the disparity between it and homicides in the U.S.

                  Increasing affluence it seems does not necessarily lead to happy lives. There is also some evidence that equal rights do not unavoidably lead to happy lives. Happyness is an art form that our educational system is not teaching. We have evolved a culture that makes everyone turn outwardly to find happiness but the secret is in making yourself happy.
                  One could link this issue with America's poor handling of mental health in general.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by wolfhnd View Post
                    In another thread we are having a discussion about relative homicides rates across cultures and I think a bit of that information is relevant here. It is not just the addiction rate or homicide rate that measures a societies success. In Japan the suicide rate almost makes up for the disparity between it and homicides in the U.S.

                    Increasing affluence it seems does not necessarily lead to happy lives. There is also some evidence that equal rights do not unavoidably lead to happy lives. Happyness is an art form that our educational system is not teaching. We have evolved a culture that makes everyone turn outwardly to find happiness but the secret is in making yourself happy.
                    Its been decades, but I do not recall anything in my years in school that was conducive to happiness, other than the availability of girls. And sports.

                    You can't teach happiness. For one thing, it means radically differently things to different people.

                    That said, there is IMO/IME a very definite connection between a person's quality of life (as perceived by them) and substance abuse.
                    Any man can hold his place when the bands play and women throw flowers; it is when the enemy presses close and metal shears through the ranks that one can acertain which are soldiers, and which are not.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Urban hermit View Post
                      "The rate of heroin-overdose deaths between 2002 and 2013 nearly quadrupled, claiming more than 8,000 lives in 2013, according to the Centers for Disease Control."

                      I guess the high rate of death doesn't matter because they are not "gun crime"
                      Victims!

                      MANCHESTER, N.H. A day after the heroin and opiate epidemic claimed one more life here last week, firefighters, emergency medical technicians and police officers were charging up the creaky stairs of a ramshackle rooming house to reach the unit at the end of the narrow hall where Eric Piccard was clearly in distress.

                      The 35-year-old unemployed drywall worker roused back to consciousness by the clamor at his door had collapsed on the bed earlier that evening after snorting a $20 heroin dose, prompting his mother's panicked 911 call when Piccard repeatedly failed to answer his cellphone.

                      "I know it's not right,'' Piccard told Manchester police officer Guy Kozowyk, tears tunneling down his wind-burned face. "I just wanted some peace, to go to sleep.''

                      The addict's plight, at once terribly sad and dangerous, nevertheless brought a small measure of relief for local authorities who have been encountering waves of overdose fatalities and hundreds of others teetering on life's precipice with uncommon regularity.

                      National politics, as it does every four years, has taken center stage here. Yet there is no ignoring the national public health crisis that has been raging for years in the very idyllic New England communities where Democrat and Republican presidential hopefuls are now stumping for votes.

                      Overdose deaths attributed to heroin, fentanyl (a powerful synthetic opiate at least 30 times stronger than heroin) and other opiate abuse has spiked from 14 in 2013 to 69 last year, according to city records. The grim numbers do not account for the hundreds of other non-fatal overdose calls that have flooded local public safety agencies, stressing the city's capacity to respond.

                      http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/her...RA2?li=BBnbcA1
                      Not surprising, really. Alcoholism, drug abuse and depression are clearly linked to a failing economy. Drug abuse particularly is also a product of the government's failure to control our borders and halt the flood of drugs surging in from Mexico and South America.
                      Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes? Who is watching the watchers?

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                      • #12
                        Europe is way ahead of the US in suicide rates, but that couldn't possibly be a societal problem, US is the only nation with societal problem


                        http://www.businessinsider.com/world...ate-map-2014-4
                        Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies.

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                        • #13
                          8,000 OD deaths is a HEROIN APOCALYPSE? Seems a bit melodramatic doesn't it? I look forward to hearing about CARMAGEDDON and the HEART DISEASE HOLOCAUST next.
                          "Artillery lends dignity to what might otherwise be a vulgar brawl." - Frederick the Great

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by frisco17 View Post
                            8,000 OD deaths is a HEROIN APOCALYPSE? Seems a bit melodramatic doesn't it? I look forward to hearing about CARMAGEDDON and the HEART DISEASE HOLOCAUST next.
                            It's an election year!
                            Number one rule of democrat party politics.
                            Never allow a disaster to go to waste.
                            Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Urban hermit View Post
                              Europe is way ahead of the US in suicide rates, but that couldn't possibly be a societal problem, US is the only nation with societal problem


                              http://www.businessinsider.com/world...ate-map-2014-4
                              They can't handle all the culture.
                              Any man can hold his place when the bands play and women throw flowers; it is when the enemy presses close and metal shears through the ranks that one can acertain which are soldiers, and which are not.

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