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posted by martyb on Wednesday May 02 2018, @01:16AM   Printer-friendly
from the don't-use-no-fake-opiods? dept.

Synthetics now killing more people than prescription opioids, report says

Synthetic opioids such as fentanyl have overtaken prescription opioids as the No. 1 killer in the opioid epidemic, according to a new report.

The report, published Tuesday in the journal JAMA [DOI: 10.1001/jama.2018.2844] [DX], calculated the number and percentage of synthetic opioid-related overdose deaths in the United States between 2010 and 2016 using death certificates from the National Vital Statistics System. The researchers found that about 46% of the 42,249 opioid-related overdose deaths in 2016 involved synthetic opioids such as fentanyl, while 40% involved prescription drugs.

That's more than a three-fold increase in the presence of synthetic opioids from 2010, when synthetic drugs were involved in approximately 14% of opioid-overdose deaths.

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  • (Score: 2) by c0lo on Wednesday May 02 2018, @09:54AM (3 children)

    by c0lo (156) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday May 02 2018, @09:54AM (#674513) Journal

    Protecting US labor or creating a more valuable labor force? Being able to afford a home or increasing the value of existing homes? Making it easy for people to enter a field of labor or to protect the wages of existing labor from competition? Honoring pension and health care benefits that the elder voted for themselves or the wages of the young (with young being anyone under retirement age)?

    And are you very sure that all of the above are 'true dichotomies'?
    Because they may be dichotomies only because you take for granted some assumptions one shouldn't.

    Why the pension/ heath care benefits of the elderly need to compete with the wages of the young?
    Why does the price of homes need to increase over time? After all, when I buy many other kinds of assets, the value of them go down over time.

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  • (Score: 1) by khallow on Wednesday May 02 2018, @02:10PM (2 children)

    by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday May 02 2018, @02:10PM (#674565) Journal

    And are you very sure that all of the above are 'true dichotomies'?

    That would be irrelevant.

    Why the pension/ heath care benefits of the elderly need to compete with the wages of the young? Why does the price of homes need to increase over time? After all, when I buy many other kinds of assets, the value of them go down over time.

    No matter the answer to the questions (which I incidentally think aren't worth answering, being both irrelevant and not that insightful), the US has conflicts implied by my questions which could go a long ways to explaining the stresses that result in opioid drug abuse.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday May 02 2018, @02:49PM (1 child)

      by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday May 02 2018, @02:49PM (#674582)

      And are you very sure that all of the above are 'true dichotomies'?

      That would be irrelevant.

      Smoke and mirrors, eh?
      Confuse them, throw them off the track with some 'questions', make them implicitly accept the status quo by accepting those questions as valid.
      Otherwise they may see there are other ways beside opioids.

      • (Score: 1) by khallow on Wednesday May 02 2018, @09:45PM

        by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday May 02 2018, @09:45PM (#674781) Journal

        Smoke and mirrors, eh?

        You have a point there. C0lo never did come up with an example illustrating the absence of "true dichotomies". It was a criticism brought up without context.

        I merely focused on the other flaw namely that one doesn't need a perfect dichotomy. All one needs is large trade offs between the choices.