COVID-19 Data Tracking Set up Overnight While Opioid Epidemic Rages With Nothing Near Real-time Data Tracking

COVID-19 Data Tracking Set up Overnight While Opioid Epidemic Rages With Nothing Near Real-time Data Tracking

Washington University in St. Louis researchers, funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), fret that while most attention now is focused on the COVID-19 pandemic, an ongoing opioid epidemic rages on.  Just a few months ago, the opioid epidemic was considered one of the worst pubic health crisis of the generation—it still is occurring and people are dying. COVID-19 cases reporting—including deaths—was set up to track granular detail nearly overnight. With opioid treatment publicly funded (taxpayer) initiatives continue, yet data lag is up to 24 months. Why is this?

As the COVID-19 pandemic emanated out of Wuhan, China, and disseminated throughout the world, much of the developed world at least watched on television or via their laptop or smart device in horror how the health crisis rapidly turned into a pandemic. For much of the world, the horror became palpable with the surge of deaths in Italy—observed on a daily basis—via YouTube, for example. Then New York metro areas was hit and not much else mattered.

The Opioid Epidemic

But the opioid epidemic continues unabated, reports Patch. Although COVID-19 has proven to be a deadly pathogen with over 110,000 lives ...

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