Dr. Emily Einstein Discusses How Overdose Deaths are Counted

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[Music] [Dr. Emily Einstein Speaking] The data we used for this analysis was derived
from the CDC-wonder database, which collects all of the cause of death data that is reported
on a county level from across the United States. Each death is coded for its underlying cause
of death, so for the purpose of this analysis we used two drug overdose deaths. The general finding of this paper is that
there’s been a significant increase in the involvement of illicit synthetic opioids in
drug overdose deaths. Fentanyl has recently made its way into the
marketplace because it’s such a potent synthetic opioid, so a very small amount of fentanyl
can provide the same number of highs. If a dealer is parceling out the drug to be
sold for an opioid user it’s a very fast onset high and so it’s very rewarding, it’s also
incredibly dangerous for that same reason. Its potency causes it to suppress respiration
very quickly and sometimes people will overdose with the needle still in their arm. We had been very focused on the threat of
prescription opioid overdose death and this paper shows us that we need to remain vigilant
about the ever-shifting nature of this crisis. So, just over the period from 2010 to 2016
there’s been a huge increase in the involvement of these illicit synthetic opioids and we
need to continue to pay attention to the source of the threat as this opioid crisis involves. [Music]

2 thoughts on “Dr. Emily Einstein Discusses How Overdose Deaths are Counted

  1. Obviously! If you take legitimate prescription pain meds away from pain patients, they will seek relief from illicit street drugs! Duuuhhhhh!

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