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Mon Jul 29, 2019, 05:48 AM

Missouri Drug Deaths Increase As National Numbers Fall For The First Time In Decades

The number of drug-related deaths increased by 16% last year, as fatal overdoses declined by an estimated 5.1% nationwide, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Missouri is one of 17 states that saw a rise in drug-related deaths last year. In 34 states, the number of deaths declined. Only Delaware had a higher increase over the previous year, at 16.7%.

Addiction treatment advocates point to Missouri’s decision to not expand Medicaid and the state’s belated response to treating the opioid overdose crisis, which according to the CDC killed an estimated 1,635 Missourians in 2018.

“We’re a conservative state that hasn’t invested heavily, because we think these are social issues,” said Dr. Will Ross, chairman of the St. Louis Joint Boards of Health and Hospitals. “We’re not really seeing this as a public health crisis until recently.”

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PinkTiger Aug 2019 #1

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Wed Aug 7, 2019, 05:12 PM

1. "Social issues?"

So in other words, Missouri refuses to fund social issues. Because it sounds like “socialist.” And you know, we grew up hating communism and Russia because of socialism, and it said so in the name of USSR. Of course, Russians are different now, right? The state is my home. So I live around all these haters. Of course, don’t mess with their Social Security and Medicare. Just don’t give it to poor people , just because reasons.

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