Opioid Deaths Sky Rocket

When Jellybeaners appeared in 2017 the overall death toll linked to opioids was 40,000 Americans per year. Now? It’s nearing 80,000.

Here are the current statistics about the opioid epidemic:

1. In 2017, health care providers across the US wrote more than 191 million prescriptions for opioid pain medication—a rate of 58.7 prescriptions per 100 people.
 
2. Despite guidelines to limit opioids as a first approach to managing most chronic pain, a study found primary care clinicians write 45% of all opioid prescriptions in the United States.
 
3. More than 11 million people misused prescription opioids in 2017.
4. Every day, more than 1,000 people are treated in emergency departments for misusing prescription opioids.
 
5. In 2017, prescription opioids were involved in more than 35% of all opioid overdose deaths: nearly 17,000.
 
6. From 1999 to 2017, almost 218,000 people in the United States died from overdoses related to prescription opioids.
 
7. The CDC estimates the total economic burden of prescription opioid misuse in the US is $78.5 billion a year, including the costs of health care, lost productivity, addiction treatment, and criminal justice involvement.

Want to know how this works on a personal level?   Read this well-received novel today.

Jellybeaners
Jellybeaners

We’ll Be Together Again Someday Album Release Set for Friday March 12

My first album will be released Friday 12 March. Available at the outlets below. Had no intention of doing this, but two factors led to its creation: 1) the closing of libraries that thwarted the novel I was working on; and, 2) An old friend planted a bug in my ear. I’d written a couple of songs and he said might as well do an album. Arg. Spotify links arriving on release day.

We'll Be Together Again Someday Album Release
We’ll Be Together Again Someday Album Release

 

We'll Be Together Again Someday
We’ll Be Together Again Someday

Title Song:

Political Potato Heads

Have you ever noticed how everything is political now?  Even Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head.   So let’s focus on what’s important!  Plastic!  Tater heads!
Dee Dee Ramone Potato Head bt Nacho Tamez and Leo Kambayashi of Media Bullys
Dee Dee Ramone Potato Head bt Nacho Tamez and Leo Kambayashi of Media Bullys
Mr. Tater Head.
He’s in the news.
Mr. Tater Head.

Mrs. Tater Head
She’s political.
Mrs. Tater Head.

Doesn’t matter 
How many died
Of the Covid.

It’s Mr. Tater Head.
He’s the Man.
He’s political.

So let's focus
On what’s important:
Plastic Tater Heads.

Mr. Tater Head.
Lost his sex.
He’s a eunuch now. 

Mrs. Tater Head
Lost all her parts.
She is barren now.

Baby Taters
Come from somewhere.
From the plastic patch?

Mr. Tater Head.
He’s lost his sex.
He’s a eunuch now. 

So let's focus
On what’s important:
Plastic Tater Heads.