Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Opioid crisis spreads in El Paso County

Posted By on Wed, Aug 16, 2017 at 9:54 AM

The Independent reports some disturbing news about the increase in opioid-related deaths in El Paso County in its latest issue.

click to enlarge Deputy Coroner Leon Kelly sees victims of drug overdose deaths almost every day. - COURTESY EL PASO COUNTY CORONER'S OFFICE
  • Courtesy El Paso County Coroner's Office
  • Deputy Coroner Leon Kelly sees victims of drug overdose deaths almost every day.
First, find maps showing the change from 2013 to 2016 in where these deaths are occurring and a story that explores those changes. ("Opioid ground zero," News, Aug. 16, 2017)

Also check out this story about how two babies ended up dead as collateral damage in the opioid crisis. ("Toddler deaths highlight 'collateral damage' in opioid crisis," News, Aug. 16, 2017)
As Mary Steiner with the Community Health Partnership, who coordinates the Coalition for Prevention, Addiction Education and Recovery (CPAR), dealing with this problem will require silver buckshot, figuratively speaking, because, "It's everywhere."

Steiner provided this summary of her group's work on the issue:
Still doubtful the problem is significant. Take a look at this presentation, which contains this slide:
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