Saturday, February 11, 2017

Overdose deaths rising, ‘paper calls for more treatment access; Humboldt’s last week of news


In the latest episode of Humboldt Last Week: The county released a gut-wrenching report indicating that the number of people here dying from overdoses keeps getting higher. Drug and alcohol overdoses are killing people in Humboldt County at rates at least three times the state average.
In their coverage the Times Standard noted that officials hope to tackle this long-standing problem by making available more addiction treatment while also specifically treating the root of the issue, trauma. Unfortunately the county has limited treatment services here and a potential program to expand service access might be impacted by a planned repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act, possibly lowering the number of Medi-Cal patients that can access the program.
“If ‘D.C. repeals the Affordable Care Act and gives us no replacement then around 18,400 people here in Humboldt County are gonna lose their health care,” said Times Standard Editor Marc Valles, who decided to put out an editorial pushing for more treatment access in Humboldt County. “People without health care are gonna die faster and in greater numbers… time and Washington D.C. will tell.”
Valles also delved deeper into his conclusion that our community should not sit idly by and chalk up high overdose death rates to a result of poor life choices.
The story begins at 8:28.
Also covered: Eureka’s Wine and Swine benefit for Make-A-Wish brought in a big piggy bank and a cop maybe saved a life there, some jerk in Fortuna ruined the grass at the park again, a couple Eureka businesses are worried the cannabis industry will kick ‘em out, local musician Berel Alexander is trying to #FindDwayne, federal immigration agents have scared some in the immigrant community, that El Pueblo Market fire, the new Public Defender hire that has been criticized by some, local standouts winning awards, this wine must be really good, and much more.