Vox reports that opioids may be killing thousands more people each year than we previously thought. Vox cites a new study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, reporting that actual opioid deaths for 2014 being 24 percent higher than previously estimated.
In Summer 2017, I’m uncomfortable with 2014 data. We know that opioids are highly addictive and although President Trump declared a national emergency on Thursday, the US government is probably way behind the curve.
In an epidemic or pandemic, the trend lines show exponential type deterioration. So key questions are:
- How much worse is the data in 2017 than 2014 according to best estimates?
- What’s the projection for say the next three years?
- When can we expect Trump’s national emergency to start halting the deterioraiation and then improving matters to say pre-2014 levels?