I recently came across Dean Dauphinais on The Fix, and kind of fell in love. There seem to be so few people in this space (addiction advocacy?) where I can read through an entire article and shake my head "uh-huh". So I followed him, and today I found this gem of a piece he published on Huff Post.
Here are some stats about Ebola in America:
One American has died.
And here are some stats about addiction in America:
Every day in the United States, 114 people die as a result of drug overdose, and another 6,748 are treated in emergency departments (ED) for the misuse or abuse of drugs.
Drug overdose was the leading cause of injury death in 2012. Among people 25 to 64 years old, drug overdose caused more deaths than motor vehicle traffic crashes.
Drug overdose death rates have been rising steadily since 1992 with a 117 percent increase from 1999 to 2012 alone.
In 2012, 33,175 (79.9 percent) of the 41,502 drug overdose deaths in the United States were unintentional.
In 2011, drug misuse and abuse caused about 2.5 million emergency department (ED) visits. Of these, more than 1.4 million ED visits were related to pharmaceuticals.
Nearly 9 out of 10 poisoning deaths are caused by drugs.
In 2012, of the 41,502 drug overdose deaths in the United States, 22,114 (53 percent) were related to pharmaceuticals.
Ask yourself this...what do you hear more about on the news?