Sentences to Ponder

400-people“In 2012, 400 people in Macomb County, Mich., alone died from prescription narcotic overdose, said Dr. Joseph Naughton, director of medical education at Henry Ford Macomb Hospitals.”  (Source: USA Today)

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by | November 5, 2013 · 6:07 am

2 responses to “Sentences to Ponder

  1. betty risher

    Dear Jason,
    I have checked with Macomb County reguarding the quote by Dr. Mc Naughton and this is there answer. I know this an ongoing problem in the Tri County area. I just thought the number high.

    Betty Risher

    Here is the provisional data they shared…
    When we look at the Michigan Automated Prescription System for unintentional and undetermined drug poisoning deaths (2011)
    191 deaths from narcotics and psycholdysleptics
    92 died from other unspecified drugs
    When I wrote to the State of Michigan’s epidemiologist, she said that 2012 numbers have not been released for death certificates. They just received 2011 data about three weeks ago.

    Here is the provisional data they shared…
    When we look at the Michigan Automated Prescription System for unintentional and undetermined drug poisoning deaths (2011)
    191 deaths from narcotics and psycholdysleptics
    92 died from other unspecified drugs

    This equals 283

  2. Betty,

    Thanks for the comment. I’ll contact Dr. Naughton to see if he can shed some light on the source.