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Opioids A Greater Threat Than Nuclear Attack

Death by a foreign nuclear attack threatens, but horrifyingly, the United States’ largest mass killer is American-made and -distributed. Its nationwide body count in 2016 alone — 64,000 — surpasses the total U.S. troops killed in the 20-year Vietnam War. Already in Hawaii, an escalating number of people die of it each year, outpacing fatal auto crashes.

Its name is opioid — a class of painkillers that doctors often prescribe — and Hawaii’s statistics show we’re on pace to suffer the rampant consequences from the deadliest drug crisis to ever hit American soil, spreading faster than the HIV epidemic at its peak.

Gripped by this reality, we must push and support the state’s bipartisan Hawaii Opioid Initiative newly released last month, two legislative bills that I am introducing and heightened public awareness to protect ourselves.

Read more at: http://www.civilbeat.org/2018/01/opioids-a-greater-threat-than-nuclear-attack/

Opioids A Greater Threat Than Nuclear Attack – Honolulu Civil Beat

Death by a foreign nuclear attack threatens, but horrifyingly, the United States’ largest mass killer is American-made and -distributed. Its nationwide body count in 2016 alone — 64,000 — surpasses the total U.S. troops killed in the 20-year Vietnam War. Already in Hawaii, an escalating number of people die of it each year, outpacing fatal auto crashes.

Its name is opioid — a class of painkillers that doctors often prescribe — and Hawaii’s statistics show we’re on pace to suffer the rampant consequences from the deadliest drug crisis to ever hit American soil, spreading faster than the HIV epidemic at its peak.

Gripped by this reality, we must push and support the state’s bipartisan Hawaii Opioid Initiative newly released last month, two legislative bills that I am introducing and heightened public awareness to protect ourselves.

Read more at: http://www.civilbeat.org/2018/01/opioids-a-greater-threat-than-nuclear-attack/

Opinion: Opioids, a mass killer we’re meeting with a shrug

About as many Americans are expected to die this year of drug overdoses as died in the Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan wars combined.

For more than 100 years, death rates have been dropping for Americans — but now, because of opioids, death rates are rising again. We as a nation are going backward, and drug overdoses are now the leading cause of death for Americans under 50.

“There’s no question that there’s an epidemic and that this is a national public health emergency,” Dr. Leana Wen, the health commissioner of Baltimore, told me. “The number of people overdosing is skyrocketing, and we have no indication that we’ve reached the peak.”

Yet our efforts to address this scourge are pathetic.

We responded to World War II with the storming of Normandy, and to Sputnik with our moon shot. Yet we answer this current national menace with … a Republican plan for health care that would

Read more at: http://www.myajc.com/news/opinion/opinion-opioids-mass-killer-meeting-with-shrug/XNadGWjf51H9haZbx9ZW4H/

Column: Opioids, a mass killer we’re meeting with a shrug

By Nicholas Kristof

New York Times News Service

About as many Americans are expected to die this year of drug overdoses as died in the Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan wars combined.

For more than 100 years, death rates have been dropping for Americans — but now, because of opioids, death rates are rising again. We as a nation are going backward, and drug overdoses are the leading cause of death for Americans under 50.

“There’s no question that there’s an epidemic and that this is a national public health emergency,” Dr. Leana Wen, the health commissioner of Baltimore, told me. “The number of people overdosing is skyrocketing, and we have no indication that we’ve reached the peak.”

Yet, our efforts to address this scourge are pathetic.

We responded to World War

Read more at: http://www.bendbulletin.com/opinion/5398414-151/column-opioids-a-mass-killer-were-meeting-with?referrer=more

Opioids, a mass killer we’re meeting with a shrug

Mary Taylor, the Republican lieutenant governor of Ohio and now a candidate for governor, has acknowledged that both her sons, Joe and Michael, have struggled with opioid addiction, resulting in two overdoses at home, urgent calls for ambulances and failed drug rehab efforts. Good for her for speaking up.

Read more at: https://www.adn.com/opinions/national-opinions/2017/06/23/opioids-a-mass-killer-were-meeting-with-a-shrug/

Opioids, a mass killer we’re meeting with a shrug – Alaska Dispatch …

Mary Taylor, the Republican lieutenant governor of Ohio and now a candidate for governor, has acknowledged that both her sons, Joe and Michael, have struggled with opioid addiction, resulting in two overdoses at home, urgent calls for ambulances and failed drug rehab efforts. Good for her for speaking up.

Read more at: https://www.adn.com/opinions/national-opinions/2017/06/23/opioids-a-mass-killer-were-meeting-with-a-shrug/

Nicholas Kristof: Mass killer Opioids met with a shrug

Overdose deaths in US this year are set to match combined toll in Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan wars says Nicolas Kristof

About as many Americans are expected to die this year of drug overdoses as died in the Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan wars combined.

For more than 100 years, death rates have been dropping for Americans – but now, because of opioids, death rates are rising again. We as a nation are going backward, and drug overdoses are now the leading cause of death for Americans under 50.

“There’s no question that there’s an epidemic and that this is a national public health emergency,” Dr Leana Wen, the health commissioner of Baltimore, told me. “The number of people overdosing is skyrocketing, and we have no indication that we’ve reached the peak.”

Yet our efforts to address this scourge are pathetic.

We responded to World War II with the storming of Normandy, and

Read more at: http://www.scotsman.com/news/opinion/nicholas-kristof-mass-killer-opioids-met-with-a-shrug-1-4485227

Nicholas Kristof: Mass killer Opioids met with a shrug – The Scotsman

Overdose deaths in US this year are set to match combined toll in Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan wars says Nicolas Kristof

About as many Americans are expected to die this year of drug overdoses as died in the Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan wars combined.

For more than 100 years, death rates have been dropping for Americans – but now, because of opioids, death rates are rising again. We as a nation are going backward, and drug overdoses are now the leading cause of death for Americans under 50.

“There’s no question that there’s an epidemic and that this is a national public health emergency,” Dr Leana Wen, the health commissioner of Baltimore, told me. “The number of people overdosing is skyrocketing, and we have no indication that we’ve reached the peak.”

Yet our efforts to address this scourge are pathetic.

We responded to World War II with the storming of Normandy, and

Read more at: http://www.scotsman.com/news/opinion/nicholas-kristof-mass-killer-opioids-met-with-a-shrug-1-4485227

Opioids, a mass killer we’re meeting with a shrug

About as many Americans are expected to die this year of drug overdoses as died in the Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan wars combined.

For more than 100 years, death rates have been dropping for Americans — but now, because of opioids, death rates are rising again. We as a nation are going backward, and drug overdoses are now the leading cause of death for Americans under 50.

“There’s no question that there’s an epidemic and that this is a national public health emergency,” Dr. Leana Wen, the health commissioner of Baltimore, told me. “The number of people overdosing is skyrocketing, and we have no indication that we’ve reached the peak.”

Yet our efforts to address this scourge are pathetic.

We responded to World War II with the storming of Normandy, and

Read more at: http://www.seattletimes.com/opinion/opioids-a-mass-killer-were-meeting-with-a-shrug/

Opioids, a mass killer we’re meeting with a shrug | The Seattle Times

About as many Americans are expected to die this year of drug overdoses as died in the Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan wars combined.

For more than 100 years, death rates have been dropping for Americans — but now, because of opioids, death rates are rising again. We as a nation are going backward, and drug overdoses are now the leading cause of death for Americans under 50.

“There’s no question that there’s an epidemic and that this is a national public health emergency,” Dr. Leana Wen, the health commissioner of Baltimore, told me. “The number of people overdosing is skyrocketing, and we have no indication that we’ve reached the peak.”

Yet our efforts to address this scourge are pathetic.

We responded to World War II with the storming of Normandy, and

Read more at: http://www.seattletimes.com/opinion/opioids-a-mass-killer-were-meeting-with-a-shrug/