98% of Fed Grant dollar$ to fight opioid addiction – going to counties that voted for Trump

Unloading sharps at the Mountain Center in Española, NM

❝ Despite Rio Arriba County having historically high opioid overdose rates, it did not make a list of 220 counties the federal government will focus on when allocating $100 million in grant money to create prevention, treatment and recovery programs for people suffering with opioid addiction.

The U.S. Department of Health and the Human Services Health Resource and Services Administration will use a 2016 Centers for Disease Control study that identified 220 counties vulnerable to an outbreak of HIV and rising of Hepatitis-C. Of the 220 counties on the list, 215 of them voted for President Donald Trump in the 2016 general election. All of the counties have majority white, non-Hispanic populations…

❝ Rio Arriba County is about 70 percent Hispanic and 13 percent white, non-Hispanic.

❝ Instead of focusing on rural communities with the highest opioid overdose rates, the 2016 study identified six indicators that were associated with increased HIV and Hepatitis-C infection rates. These included drug overdose deaths, prescription opioid sales, per capita income, unemployment, potential buprenorphine prescriptions and being a white, non-Hispanic county.

You could look at the details of this administration’s decision and wonder what exactly are they trying to do? Are they focusing on a single demographic and arbitrarily deciding these folks are the only ones worth trying to save from addiction?

Or are they applying Trump-level ignorance and over-simplification? Trump gets lots of votes from white junkies and their families; so, they get the dollar$ in social and medical aid for their addiction.

5 thoughts on “98% of Fed Grant dollar$ to fight opioid addiction – going to counties that voted for Trump

    • Mike says:

      Note: “At first the state was exchanging 18,000 syringes a month [with addicts] in Santa Fe, Taos and Rio Arriba counties. Today it’s closer to 50,000.” (Aug 1, 2010)
      “The number of overdose deaths in Rio Arriba County skyrocketed in 2014 to 39 deaths, well beyond the former peak of 26 deaths in 2012 and 2007. The increase in deaths puts Española, and Rio Arriba County, far above all national and state averages.” http://www.riograndesun.com/news/county-breaks-record-overdose-deaths-in/article_fe58b788-c700-5f44-a80a-cc8af53cf1ce.html According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the rate of fatal heroin-related overdoses, per capita, was 2.7 in 2013. Rio Arriba County’s fatal heroin-related overdose rate for 2014 was 62.85 deaths per 100,000 people, while Española’s was 98.71 deaths per 100,000 people, which makes Española’s heroin overdose rate 3,655 percent higher than the national average. Rio Arriba County Health and Human Services Director Lauren Reichelt said data from the Center showed Rio Arriba County had, between 2009 and 2013, 16.1 heroin overdose deaths per 100,000 people, the highest rated in the country for that time period.

  1. RICO says:

    “The state of Massachusetts on Tuesday sued the maker of the prescription painkiller OxyContin, which spawned America’s opioids crisis, naming leading executives and members of the multi-billionaire Sackler family that owns the pharmaceutical company.” https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/jun/12/massachusetts-opioid-lawsuit-sackler-family-oxycontin “The lawsuit accuses the company, Purdue Pharma, of spinning a “web of illegal deceit” to fuel the deadly drug abuse crisis while boosting profits. Purdue Pharma is already defending lawsuits from several states and local governments, but Massachusetts is the first state to take the unusual step of personally naming the company’s executives in a complaint, the state attorney general, Maura Healey, said. It names 16 current and former executives and board members, including the chief executive, Craig Landau, and eight members across three generations of the Sackler family that wholly owns Purdue. The lawsuit alleges Purdue deceived patients and doctors about the risks of opioids, pushed prescribers to keep patients on the drugs longer and aggressively targeted vulnerable populations, such as the elderly and veterans.”

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