Report from Surgeon General shows staggering stats on drug overdoses

2 years 9 months 4 days ago Friday, November 18 2016 Nov 18, 2016 Friday, November 18, 2016 3:59:00 PM CST November 18, 2016 in News
By: Max Diekneite, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA - A staggering new report released by the surgeon general shows nearly 21 million people are suffering from substance use disorder, and only one in 10 seeks treatment. 

To put those numbers into context, more people died in 2014 from drug overdoses, approximately 50,000, than car accidents, approximately 32,800. 

Heather Harlan, a prevention specialist with Phoenix Health Group in Columbia, called Missouri's drug problem an "epidemic," and said she believes it's time parents step up. 

"We need to do everything we can to protect young brains. And then, if people develop a substance abuse issue, treat it as a chronic health issue," Harlan said. 

According to the report, more people were diagnosed with substance use disorder than were with cancer. The report estimates one in seven people will abuse drugs, opioids or alcohol at some point in their lifetime. 

Missouri is the only state in the nation that does not have a prescription database, which other states have used to combat the opioid epidemic. For four straight years, Rep. Holly Rehder, R-Sikeston, has brought forth legislation to establish one. And, for four straight years, the legislation has failed.

Opponents argue that the database infringes on the privacy of Missourians. Rehder said she believes it's a failure on the part of Missouri legislators. 

“It’s a shame that our inaction from the Missouri legislature has put this burden on our counties,” Rheder said.

She said she believes Missouri is mishandling a national problem. 

“It’s a national epidemic, until we start treating addiction as a disease and not a moral failing, Missouri will continue to see the spike in death rates,” she said.

Rheder plans to bring the same bill forward again this year. 

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - After five years of a growing business, Peggy Jean's Pies is moving to a new location. With... More >>
6 minutes ago Saturday, August 24 2019 Aug 24, 2019 Saturday, August 24, 2019 8:05:00 PM CDT August 24, 2019 in News
ASHLAND - After Gov. Mike Parson called for the state legislature to convene in a special session to discuss a... More >>
1 hour ago Saturday, August 24 2019 Aug 24, 2019 Saturday, August 24, 2019 6:46:00 PM CDT August 24, 2019 in News
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A defense attorney is seeking a psychiatric exam for the semi driver charged with causing a highway... More >>
4 hours ago Saturday, August 24 2019 Aug 24, 2019 Saturday, August 24, 2019 4:06:00 PM CDT August 24, 2019 in News
LAKE OF THE OZARKS — Missouri Highway patrol Troop F tweeted a search is underway for a man who went... More >>
4 hours ago Saturday, August 24 2019 Aug 24, 2019 Saturday, August 24, 2019 3:50:00 PM CDT August 24, 2019 in News
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa-based grocery chain says it's aware of reports that hacked customer account information is... More >>
5 hours ago Saturday, August 24 2019 Aug 24, 2019 Saturday, August 24, 2019 2:23:00 PM CDT August 24, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Westbound I-70 has reopened after a crash at Stadium Boulevard Saturday afternoon brought traffic to a standstill. ... More >>
6 hours ago Saturday, August 24 2019 Aug 24, 2019 Saturday, August 24, 2019 1:50:00 PM CDT August 24, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Participants raised $83,988 for the Columbia Walk to Defeat ALS on Saturday. In its 12th year, the... More >>
6 hours ago Saturday, August 24 2019 Aug 24, 2019 Saturday, August 24, 2019 1:48:00 PM CDT August 24, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - A butterfly mural has appeared in a Columbia alley and has become a new photo destination. Children's... More >>
8 hours ago Saturday, August 24 2019 Aug 24, 2019 Saturday, August 24, 2019 11:35:00 AM CDT August 24, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Four years after student protesters denouncing a racist campus culture and demanding a more diverse faculty... More >>
9 hours ago Saturday, August 24 2019 Aug 24, 2019 Saturday, August 24, 2019 10:26:00 AM CDT August 24, 2019 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Police say an 8-year-old girl has been killed and three others injured in a shooting near... More >>
9 hours ago Saturday, August 24 2019 Aug 24, 2019 Saturday, August 24, 2019 10:12:00 AM CDT August 24, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP)— Two former state lawmakers have been appointed to the Missouri commission that regulates casinos, fantasy sports... More >>
15 hours ago Saturday, August 24 2019 Aug 24, 2019 Saturday, August 24, 2019 4:35:00 AM CDT August 24, 2019 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis police and the U.S. Marshals Service have found and taken into custody two people... More >>
1 day ago Friday, August 23 2019 Aug 23, 2019 Friday, August 23, 2019 7:22:00 PM CDT August 23, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - A scare over a recent Facebook threat has a neighborhood rethinking the safety of their children. ... More >>
1 day ago Friday, August 23 2019 Aug 23, 2019 Friday, August 23, 2019 3:43:00 PM CDT August 23, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Forty-five cats, two birds, and three dogs are currently being housed at the Central Humane Society after a... More >>
1 day ago Friday, August 23 2019 Aug 23, 2019 Friday, August 23, 2019 3:36:00 PM CDT August 23, 2019 in News
FULTON – Students at Westminster College are getting some high tech help from the school: free iPads and Apple Pencils.... More >>
1 day ago Friday, August 23 2019 Aug 23, 2019 Friday, August 23, 2019 2:48:00 PM CDT August 23, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA- People in Boone and Callaway Counties have been receiving calls from people saying they need to pay money for... More >>
1 day ago Friday, August 23 2019 Aug 23, 2019 Friday, August 23, 2019 2:31:00 PM CDT August 23, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - A tweet with video showing what appears to someone throwing something at a downtown church prompted police to... More >>
1 day ago Friday, August 23 2019 Aug 23, 2019 Friday, August 23, 2019 2:18:00 PM CDT August 23, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY- Gov. Mike Parson tweeted about a big campaign announcement on his personal Twitter account Friday. ... More >>
1 day ago Friday, August 23 2019 Aug 23, 2019 Friday, August 23, 2019 1:19:00 PM CDT August 23, 2019 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 72°
9pm 70°
10pm 69°
11pm 68°
12am 67°