Utah’s is 16 deaths per 100,000 residents.
New Hampshire? 18.2.
West Virginia leads at 24.7.
Rhode Island is well into the double digits at 14.2.
Texas is among the lowest at 2.5, as is Nebraska at 2.8.
For 2014, the national death count was almost 19,000. You can check every state here.
19,000 people died from prescription drugs – pills that a doctor prescribed for a patient. Not heroin, not crystal meth, not Ecstasy. Pills a drug company marketed, many of them supposedly “abuse-deterrent”. Pills a stockholder profited from.
I bring this to your attention, dear reader, because the news these days includes some signs that we’re making progress, that opioid scripts are down and things are improving.
They are NOT.
In fact, don’t be surprised if the death count in 2015 hits 22,000. That’s just a number, but it’s a number built on dead sisters and brothers and cousins and best friends, dead moms and dads and kids and BFFs and girlfriends and hunting buddies.
What does this mean for you?
Please don’t relax one bit. Keep the pressure on, keep the focus tight, keep demanding answers, and above all, be aware,