Michigan drug overdose deaths fall for 1st time in 6 years

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — State health officials say Michigan’s drug overdose deaths declined last year for the first time in several years.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services said Friday the state had 2,599 overdose deaths in 2018. That’s a 3.2% drop from 2017’s 2,686 overdose deaths and the first decline in six years.

Dr. Joneigh Khaldun is the state agency’s chief medical executive. He calls the decline “a step in the right direction” but adds that much work remains to be done, including addressing disparities in access to drug treatment.

Michigan’s opioid-related overdose deaths fell by 0.8 percent from 2017’s tally to 2,036 such deaths last year.

That decline was largely driven by decreases in the number of deaths due to poisoning by heroin and commonly prescribed painkillers.

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    • Derp

      Here’s a snippet of research

      The National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine says there’s good evidence that cannabis is effective at treating pain for some conditions. So Bradford and three colleagues — including his scientist daughter — decided to see whether people who can get easy access to medical marijuana are less likely to get prescription opioids. The answer, they report in JAMA Internal Medicine, is yes.

      “There are substantial reductions in opiate use” in states that have initiated dispensaries for medical marijuana, he says.

      The researchers studied data from Medicare, which mostly covers people over the age of 65. (It was a convenient set of data and available to them at no cost.) They found a 14 percent reduction in opioid prescriptions in states that allow easy access to medical marijuana.

      They estimate that these dispensary programs reduced the number of opioid prescriptions by 3.7 million daily doses. States that allowed homegrown marijuana for medical use saw an estimated 1.8 million fewer pills dispensed per day. To put that in perspective, from 2010 to 2015 Medicare recipients received an average of 23 million daily doses of opioids, the researchers say.

    • I'm a dummy

      More like they have cracked down on over prescribing and making it harder to doctor hop to get said drugs. Has nothing to do with pot being legal. But I will say not that pot is legal we will never see a new case of cancer again. The internet says pot is such a fantastic cure

  • Matt

    Thats because the tax payers of Michigan are paying for all this free narcane they pump into these crackheads, yet an epipen cost to much for most to afford. Nice job Witchmore.

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