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Reader viewpoints: New overdose statistics met with skepticism

January 12, 2019

Earlier this month, Cabell County authorities reported they dealt with 742 fewer non-fatal drug overdoses last year compared with the record-breaking 2017, a decrease of more than 40 percent that has local health experts optimistic for 2019.

At year’s end, 1,089 overdose reports were logged by Cabell County EMS in 2018 - an average of three emergency calls a day. That’s good news on the surface, but many online readers of The Herald-Dispatch didn’t believe the numbers.

Kristy Ferguson: “Because they’ve switched to meth.”

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Stan Blake: “Narcan is the hero here?”

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Donna Lynn: “That’s good news.”

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Angel Hilling: “What about man-downs, though? Do we have more of those?”

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Mary Eschleman Beaty: “Yes, what’s the answer to that? Statistics can be funny things.”

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Allen Ray: “Those numbers are from what EMS documents or comes in contact with. Have nothing to do with how it’s dispatched. I’ve also seen where many people have questioned the possibility of EMS numbers being down because of availability of OTC or health department Narcan. EMS can’t figure those. Just what they respond to.”

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Greg Thomas: “Because the ones from last year are already dead. Not a good comparison!”

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Steven J Davis: “Should not even be an issue like it is. What a total created mess.”

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Brenda Hudson: “They don’t overdose if they died, in jail or moved.”

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Leslie Nicole: “Nonfatal drug overdoses ... 40 percent doesn’t include fatal drug overdoses.”

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Jamie Burcham: “Also overdose deaths are being filed as cardiac arrests instead of drug overdose death so it helps the numbers. All about politics and their numbers. Sad.”

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Shane Enochs: “I wonder if this could be attributed to the number in deaths. Fewer people are starting than dying.”

Ojeda’s resignation sparks comments

State Sen. Richard Ojeda, D-Logan, announced he will resign from the Senate so he can concentrate on his candidacy for president of the United States. Ojeda ran for the U.S. House of Representatives last year. He won the Democratic primary in the 3rd District but lost in the general election to Cabell County resident Carol Miller. Online readers of The Herald-Dispatch were not kind to Ojeda following his announced plan to resign.

Tony Clark: “What a joke.”

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Joan Spears: “Now that is funny.”

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Stephen Willis: “It’s because the Democratic Party is going to groom, pay for and open all the doors needed for him to be one of their wildcards.”

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Joe Kennedy: “I’m sure this will turn into another joke about West Virginia.”

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Jeffrey A. Ward: “Best thing he’s done since being elected.”

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Fred Burns: ”... Resigning to run for president? Quitter. Who will vote for a quitter? Oh, I am sure a lot will.”

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Donna Perry: “He is resigning to focus on Richard Ojeda; to hell with the people of West Virginia and all those promises he made them (not me; I knew he was a quitter from Day 1).”

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Kelli Edwards-Webb: ”... he cares about himself and using whoever and whatever he can to further his career.”

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Joab Dellinger: “All his haters prove he’s doing the right thing. If people didn’t care, they wouldn’t comment.”

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Dave Rowan: “Quitter alert. His habit of quitting under scrutiny is historic and hysterical. Logan can do better.”

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Ben Johnson: “He was gonna get beat in his re-election campaign anyway most likely.”

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