Sunday, February 7, 2016

Those Who Know Confirm Plague of Heroin Deaths.

   As the issue of heroin addiction gets more awareness, there is still a class distinction with the tragedies more likely to manifest in certain social strata. So it doesn't percolate up through usual media channels.
   One way to cut to the bone on the issue is to talk to funeral directors. One mortician I was chatting with the other day was telling me how causes of death change over time and the number of overdose deaths is astounding.
    Yes, these things show up in obits but for privacy and modesty issues, the cause isn't publicized.
     It would be an interesting news story to talk to the morticians as they have front row seats for these social changes.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Isn't a mortician's vantage point more like walking in to a movie for the last minute and asking the attendees to sum up the movie for you as they leave?

Maybe we should spend more time and money on the people who don't do illegal drugs and don't use prescription meds as an excuse to start using them. It is an age old question if drug addicts are born selfish or if they learn to be that way.

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

Exactly 442, why would we want to hear the morticians take on it? They don't know the deceased, the history or events that lead up to the death anymore than you or I do.

Ima said...

And yet people of certain political persuasion keep letting the "non violent" drug dealers out of prison.

Anonymous said...

Previous commentators, please note the difference between a macro level (large group behavior) and micro level (individual). Morticians have a great perspective of tread locally on the macro level.

Anonymous said...

Believe we are familiar with the difference between macro and micro, still doesn't apply in this case.

Anonymous said...

People need to stop treating it all as a "We can't help it!". Plenty of people work every day with pain in their back, ass, and feet. But they move on. First thing that will defeat people on drugs is to make doctors stop handing out pain killers like they are candy. People get hooked on a legal supply, their illness gets better, and they still need the crap. There should be a special office you go to get your legal pain killer in a controlled format. Than they should work a person down off them too. Most people are not in any way able to control their use of such drugs. We need a tight effort on this now. No more handing over 30 days supplied to people who can not handle it. Maybe 10, come back, and see if you really need more? Couple of Alieve in most cases will do the same thing.