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Opioid crisis may be easing in Massachusetts

CommonHealth reports on a possibly encouraging set of statistics.

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The Baker administration taking credit for winning the war on drugs is almost as laughable as the Baker administration taking credit for solving the mismanagement at the MBTA.

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Nothing is *won* just yet. Nobody in the administration or at DPH is saying that, nor should they.

The fact is, certain measures to reduce mortality are working. What is not clear is if that reduction is resulting from reduced drug use and increased treatment, or widespread availability of narcan and public awareness of what overdosing people look like.

RTFR and you would know this.

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Probably because the police are not going after the dealers who are selling lethal heroin and the addicts are all dying in unprecedented numbers. Once they're all thinned out the cops will go after the dealers.

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Read the report: The metric of improvement here is FEWER DEATHS not reduced drug use.

Police are going after the dealers, and improved records linkage and restrictions mean less access to prescription opioids (it is MUCH harder for junkies to get 20 scripts and fill them in different places now).

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This may be morbid, but I honestly wonder if it isn't because of a combination of fewer new addictions (which is good! the prescription cutdowns are working!) along with more of the existing addicts already having died. That would be pretty sad.

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and yet, observed a deal going down on my street. dude was on a Hubway! (anecdotes are not data...anecdotes are not data...anecdotes are not data)

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Providing that your anecdote fits the criteria and is used in a particular study your anecdote may in fact be a single data point.

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