Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Voters need to tell their US Senators to pass the funding bill for Zika.

May 17, 2016

The Zika Funding bill is on the floor of the US Senate right now. There is an amendment being proposed to attach efforts to stem the drug addiction epidemic. Kindly consider the importance of both these problems and call Senators to pass the amendment and the bill.

Alternatively, you may phone the United States Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121. A switchboard operator will connect you directly with the Senate office you request.

We are far better off ending addiction rather than paying the hospital bills of the dead.

May 16, 2016
By Ed Cara

New research presented this week (click here) at the American Thoracic Society’s annual meeting suggests that the ongoing opioid crisis is making waves across the country’s intensive care units (ICU) every bit as much as it is inside people’s homes.
The authors analyzed hospital admissions from 2011 to 2015 for adults over the age of 18 in a nationwide healthcare system, Vizient, Inc. Out of 272 hospitals, there were 17.6 million admissions throughout the study period, with 41,369 related to an opioid overdose. While that figure may seem miniscule in the grand scheme of things, the rate of opioid-related admissions has steadily increased 42 percent since 2009. The percentage of people who died from their overdoses also increased, from 3.1 percent in 2011 to 5.1 percent in 2015, and a similar rise in mortality was seen when looking only at ICU admissions. In 2011, there were 3.7 overdose deaths per every 10,000 ICU admissions compared to 7.3 deaths in 2015....