211 Lake County – Dick Barr

211 Lake County – Dick Barr

On January 21, 2020, Lake County Board Member and Round Lake Beach Mayor Richard Hill sat down to discuss Lake County Government. This excerpt deals with the new service being offered by Lake County called 211. 211 is a service residents can use to obtain help for just about any issue they can imagine. From getting help with an abusive relationship, to finding shelter, to helping with unpaid utility bills. 211 works similar to 911, in that you dial 211 on your phone to get connected with professional help. Do not use 211 for pressing emergencies, still use 911 for that.

 

Opioid Overdose Deaths Drop For 1st Time in a Decade

Opioid Overdose Deaths Drop For 1st Time in a Decade

Drug overdose deaths in the United States declined by about 5% between December 2017 and December 2018, according to preliminary CDC data.

In a decade that saw a meteoric rise in opioid related deaths, this news is a welcome change.  However, while opioid related deaths are down, other “designer” drug overdoses are on the rise. The reduction in opioid deaths have been linked to reductions in opioid prescriptions and the prevalence of the use of drugs like Naloxone that the first responders have been trained on administering to overdose victims, which immediately revives the body during an overdose.

In 2018, the number of predicted drug overdose deaths was 68,557, indicating a 5.1% drop from the predicted count in December 2017, according to the 12 month-ending count data. However, these numbers may be underreported due to incomplete data.

These numbers indicate the first drop in drug overdose deaths in decades; however, these provisional counts may be slightly different from the final drug overdose death data, which will be available in a few months through the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics.

The most recent final data from the National Vital Statistics System revealed that there were 70,237 drug overdose deaths in the U.S. in 2017. According to the data, the age-adjusted rate of drug overdose deaths was 9.6% higher in 2017 than the rate in 2016 (21.7 vs. 19.8 per 100,000) and the age-adjusted rate of drug overdose deaths involving synthetic opioids like fentanyl, fentanyl analogs, and tramadol increased by 45%. – by Savannah Demko

References:

CDC. Drug Overdose Deaths in the United States, 1999-2017. https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/products/databriefs/db329.htm. Accessed July 17, 2019.

CDC. National Center for Health Statistics. Provisional Drug Overdose Death Counts. https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nvss/vsrr/drug-overdose-data.htm#ref8. Accessed July 17, 2019.