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Missouri's Fentanyl Problem: State Recently Topped Nation In Rate For Overdose Deaths

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Missouri reflects the national trends, with most drug overdose fatalities related to opioids. Recent trends nationally show an overall decrease in death rates from opioids, including prescription opioids and heroin. Missouri deviated from this trend recently and for a brief time was the state with the largest absolute and percentage per year increase in opioid-related overdose fatality rates.

Rates per capita rose in 2018 over the previous year (18.3 percent and 3.1/100,000). This increase occurred despite an overall national decrease in U.S. opioid-related death rates in the same period.

COVID-19 hurting efforts to combat overdose deaths; Knox Co. DA looks to community for help

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KNOX COUNTY, Tenn — August 31 is Overdose Awareness Day, and Knox County District Attorney General Charme Allen presented a report Monday in hopes of bringing awareness to recent trends and efforts to try and curb the number of overdoses locally.

So far in 2020, 218 people in Knox County have died to suspected overdose. That's much higher than at this point in 2019, when the number of suspected overdoses sat at 170 at the end of August.

U.S. Sees Deadly Drug Overdose Spike During Pandemic

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New data from around the U.S. confirms that drug overdoses are spiking during the coronavirus pandemic, rising by roughly 18%.

Reports collected in real time by the Washington, D.C.-based group ODMAP — the Overdose Detection Mapping Application Program, located at the University of Baltimore — also found a significant spike in the number of fatal overdoses.

"Overdose clusters have shifted from traditional centralized urban locations to adjacent and surrounding suburban and rural areas," said ODMAP program manager Aliese Alter.

In Shadow of Pandemic, US Drug Overdoes Deaths Resurge (sic) to Record

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Drug deaths in America, which fell for the first time in 25 years in 2018, rose to record numbers in 2019 and are continuing to climb, a resurgence that is being complicated and perhaps worsened by the coronavirus pandemic. Nearly 72,000 Americans died from drug overdoses last year, according to preliminary data recently released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — an increase of 5% from 2018.

It looks as if 2020 will be even worse. Drug deaths have risen an average of 13% so far this year over last year, according to mortality data from local and state governments collected by The New York Times, covering 40% of the U.S. population. If this trend continues for the rest of the year, it will be the sharpest increase in annual drug deaths since 2016.


The Spock's Beard and Pattern Seeking Animals drummer already recording

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The ANABASIS, the progressive rock collaborative of Barry Thompson (music) and George Andrade (words), announce that Jimmy Keegan will record drums for the band’s long-awaited sophomore release, The Battle – An Opioid Story, a rock opera written to benefit the Edwina Martin House in Brockton, MA.


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