While harm prevention has been proven to be the best way to deal with a health crisis like the opioid epidemic, there are some who ignore that fact, and argue that methods like narcan are just enablers. Well, if that’s the case then we’d better digging more graves and expanding our cemeteries.
A rare example of civil, informed exchange here between Filibuster69 and FelixCulpa. As a guardian ad litem I see the effects of the crisis in my caseload and look for evidence-based approaches. Thanks for this.
Filibuster69 said: FelixCulpa while it is not solved from my research, the state along with several others, I believe Washington State being one as well, have used harm prevention like needle exchanges, more available treatment to deal with the problem. Reports from NPR, and Vox ( Vox is not always the most reliable but it correlated with other reports) have expressed the same thing. https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.vox.com/platform/amp/policy-and-politics/2017/10/30/16339672/opioid-epidemic-vermont-hub-spoke My wife also works for the state of New York as a drug court coordinator, and she has met and worked with other drug courts to find ways to combat the crisis. That said, I will also see if the numbers from the CDC have been released. If I am mistaken I will correct it.
Thanks for the articles. I'm for harm prevention programs since they do seem to be effective. Frankly though I think VT has been spared to a certain degree due to the fact that we lack a true "urban center" and a coastline, and the cities and towns we do have are for the most part not sufficiently profitable as to warrant a planned incursion by upper level distributors. Another thing that could be helping is the fact that quite a lot of the heroin is smuggled from Mexico, and has to take a very circuitous route to get to VT. Each time it changes hands it gets more expensive and less pure, and less lethal. I think narcan is great stuff, but I think it's only a stop gap measure. You seem to have done your research, so check out carfentanil when you get a chance. That s**t is LETHAL. I'm still not sure how I feel about Trumps idea of executing drug kingpins, but I could reasonably compare carfentanil to novichok or VX without exaggeration, and I do know how I'd feel if somebody showed up in my country, town or state with a kilo of nerve gas.
@FelixCulpa I must make a correction, and I will post a new video tomorrow correcting my statement. According to the most recent data New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and West Virginia have been much more effected by the epidemic. Vermont has suffered greatly, but the boiling over statement was incorrect. I apologize for that and will correct it.
@FelixCulpa I will gather more data, including finding the podcast from NPR’s The Take Away to fact check myself further. I want to make sure that I haven’t confused my data. Also as you said, I (as a former heroin addict) believe that narcan along with other harm prevention measures are the only thing that will change anything.