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Ohio Coroner Has Processed Over 150 Opioid Related Deaths So Far in 2017.

One Ohio coroner’s office has processed over 150 opioid related deaths in 2017 already. Is this really an issue we can continue avoid as a nation?

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It sounds farfetched, but it’s true that in one Ohio county, the coroner has run out of space for the remains of overdose victims. It’s only the second week of February and a coroner in Dayton Ohio has already processed more than 150 bodies of people who have died from opioid overdoses in 2017. Overdose deaths currently make up 60% of the cases on the medical examiner’s office January case load.


The Montgomery County Coroner’s Office has had to ask a local funeral parlor to take in an overflow of bodies. It’s the first time anything like this has happened in the county, the number of opioid deaths underscores the harrowing problem of opioid addiction in America.

“We’re running at full capacity,” Kenneth M. Betz, director of the coroner’s office said in a phone interview. “We’ve never experienced this volume of accidental drug overdoses in our history. We now call funeral homes immediately” to ask if there is space available, he added.

The CDC reports that 91 people in the United States die every day from opioid overdose. An increase in the abuse of prescription pain pills such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, hydromorphone and fentanyl has led to a crackdown on doctors who are too light handed with the prescription pad. When people who abuse prescription pain pills can’t get a hold of them, they tend to turn to heroin.

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In 2015, the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office processed 259 overdose deaths, in 2016 the county had reached those numbers before fall set in.    The current numbers coming in so early in the year almost assure that the opioid overdose deaths will more than double in 2017. Ohio is not having a problem in this one county, in 2015 there were over 3,300 reported deaths caused by accidental overdoses in the state. The Montgomery County Coroner’s Office is not even the hardest hit county in Ohio. In 2016,  in Cuyahoga county there were 517 deaths found to be related to opioids. In fact, in Ohio, there are more accidental deaths attributed to opioid abuse than car crashes. Can you imagine?

Seeing the number of opioid related deaths rising, the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office just upgraded their facilities last year to add 12 more refrigerated storage units. It’s not nearly enough space.

Amid growing numbers of fentanyl related deaths, Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner Mark Fajardo announced his resignation in March of 2016. He claimed that understaffing left him unable to handle the backlog and overflow of bodies stacked up waiting to be autopsied.

The death spike puts more than the community at risk, it places each county with elevated opioid deaths, medical examiner and/or coroner’s office at risk. According to the National Association of Medical Examiners’ accrediting program a medical examiner’s office is not allowed to  do more than 325 autopsies per year.

In June of 2016, a similar problem arose in Hartford, Connecticut. The Connecticut medical examiner found that the coroner’s office was so close to capacity at times that he considered renting a refrigerator truck to store remains. At the same time it was found that the Milwaukee County medical examiner’s office often ran out of gurneys and had to store bodies on army style cots in a refrigerated area. In Cincinnati, the Hamilton County coroner’s office was backlogged 100 days, largely due to overdose deaths. That was last summer and it was barely talked about as a national epidemic.

Society and the government seem so reluctant to talk about how many people are dying from opioid addiction and abuse in America, especially rural counties and communities. In 2015 there were nearly 40,000 opioid related deaths reported in the United States. Is this really an issue we can continue to not  talk about publicly as a nation?

 

 

Thinker, Avid Reader, Couch Potato. Sapphire Hill is a writer from Baltimore Maryland who loves to delve deeper into the whys of everything. Staff writer for 86 Blvd and Badd Magazine. Blogger and talent promoter for Sapphire Spotlight On Talent.

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The FDA Wants to Make Smaller Condoms Because the Current Ones Are One Inch Too Long According to a Recent Study

The FDA hopes to lower the rate of STDs by making condoms smaller.

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The Food and Drug Administration has admitted that there is a need for smaller condoms based on the fact that the average condom, 6.69 inches in length, is too big for the average American penis which is 5.57 inches. A study by Indiana University on nearly 2,000 men revealed this average length.


The FDA hopes the new sizes will help lower the rates of sexually transmitted diseases and unwanted pregnancies and has made a policy change to allow companies to make condoms of all sizes.

myONE Perfect Fit, a custom brand of condoms made by Boston company Global Protection Corp, which has been lobbying for a change for more than seven years. Data collected by the company has found that the current condoms on the market only fit 12 percent of men. It coincides with the scientific results found by Indiana University. The research team at the college also found that the size of the erect penis varied depending on how it was achieved. Oral sex proved more arousing than masturbation or being stimulated only by sexual fantasies.

Dr. Debby Herbenick gathered the information on penis length by simply asking the men who were involved in the test. She trusted the men to give accurate measurements because “If they reported a bigger-than-reality size to us, they would get a baggier condom. If they reported a smaller-than-reality size to us, the condom would be too tight.

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Usher’s Herpes Rumors Helped Me Deal with My Own Positive Status. No More Hiding in the Shadows.

I couldn’t tell anyone, not even my mother who understood STD’s, because our relationship was so abnormal I knew she’d tell everyone and use the info to emotionally abuse me.

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I, like many females fans, had a mixed reaction when I heard the rumors that Usher was infected with  herpes simple 2 and  spreading it  to people unknowingly. I first felt sympathy for Usher, not his alleged victims.  To some, that is hard to understand but let me explain why, I know what it’s like to hide who you are for fear of public humiliation and loss of career.


 

Though, it has now been claimed that Usher could not have passed the illness to any of his former lovers, but that he is not even infected with the STD, the idea of Usher having herpes made me feel free. I grew up an Usher fan, He is only two years older than myself so when his “My Way” album dropped while he was in his late teens, I was an instant fan. Not only was his music soulful and catchy, but he could dance and he was fine as hell too.

 

I’ve had a major crush on the man since the song “My Way”. Over the years, I even fell in love with a woman who loved Usher even more than myself. She would throw the singer birthday parties, complete with a cake, and dance around the house listening to his music all day.

 

She, like Usher’s alleged sex partners, didn’t know that all along, while we were in love and loving Usher, that I was hiding a secret.

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In 1996 My mother was diagnosed with HIV and I hated her for it. She had never been much of a mother and now this disease was threatening to take her away from me. You would think that my mother’s ailment would have made her talk to me about sex, or me be more cautious sexually, but it didn’t. My mother never admitted to us children she was HIV positive, we had to learn from other sources. Because she never wanted to admit her plight, she didn’t have the pertinent conversations with me, to teach me to protect myself.

 

I was 17-years-old and in love with an older guy when I noticed something wrong with me. My vaginal area was burning and there were sores that look like little knife cuts. I couldn’t figure out how I got tiny open wounds in my vaginal area, one morning I left the house as if I were going to school but went to the free clinic instead. I was told I had genital herpes. I was 17, and I thought my life was over.

 

I couldn’t tell anyone, not even my mother who understood STD’s, because our relationship was so abnormal I knew she’d tell everyone and use the info to emotionally abuse me. I suffered in silence. I never told my mom, nor my grandmother, whom we lived with.

 

When my mom died a few months after my diagnosis, my grandmother decided to put me in the system. Children protective services ran every test imaginable on me and found out I had herpes. When I later went to live with my father, it was on my paperwork and him and his wife were alerted without me telling them. They never did anything to get me help, or to guide me on the right path to dealing with it. I was a child.

 

After I had my son and moved out of my father and step mothers home, I was just out there. I had no good common sense from my upbringing. I was rather easy, felt unloved and unworthy of love and treated my life as if it didn’t matter. Initially, I tried being honest about my illness with the guys I met, the news was not always met with maturity. Eventually, I decided I would only tell people I thought would be around for long periods of time. I hated the constant rejection and always feared exposure.

 

In 2006, when I decided to join the adult entertainment industry, my main fear was someone finding out that I had an incurable std. It terrified me and stifled my growth. There were things I just could not do because of my health status I avoided anything that would require testing or public accountability. I recorded mainly with my actual boyfriend and sex partners who were privy to my health status. I’d be a liar if I said that I told everyone I slept with during that time frame or who even ate me out.

 

It got to the point in my life that I became so adept at hiding my STD status that for a while I blocked it out. It was almost as if it wasn’t even real, no longer a part of me. In 2008 I fell in love, it was love at first sight and we slept together on the first day. After a month of dating, I knew that I was head over heels in love but couldn’t muster up the courage to tell the guy that we had been having sex regularly, including oral, without me telling him my STD status.

 

Once I revealed that I carried herpes, he was upset but not furious he laid into my ass good but he too, had fallen in love, and accepted me wholeheartedly. Never once in our three-year relationship did he use it hurtfully.

 

I slept around after our relationship ended but didn’t date anyone seriously. While sleeping around I told 2 out of 5 sex partners about my herpes infection. I was still protecting my legacy. Though I had now retired from doing adult work, I was and still am, making money off My old work and fans.  I didn’t want to jeopardize that.

 

In 2014, I finally met a man I wanted to actually be with. I told him early on, remembering how good it was with my last ex once I was honest. He accepted me, so by the time we started having sex, I didn’t have to fear him finding out. He knew before we ever got intimate.

 

I started to realize I was ready to only date if I could be real. Earlier this year, when I decided to publish my third book, Reflections of a Survivor, I decided that I would finally publicly reveal what I had been hiding for 19 years. I told myself that I would expose myself to the public and take whatever consequence came my way.

 

In the midst of me releasing the book, two major things happened. I fell for a guy and Usher was accused of having and spreading herpes to multiple people.

 

While working on the new book I met a guy who fit my criteria for perfect man so well it’s scary. He looks at me like I am the best thing he’s ever seen and the passion that emanates when he looks at me, keeps me blushing.  The first time we were alone, he was looking at me like he would devour me, I took the time to be very upfront about my situation. I told him I was diagnosed as not only legally disabled but that I have had herpes for 19 years. I cried telling him because I couldn’t see him staying. He did. He held me while I cried and told me it was okay. He kissed me, and we had sex that day. A week later he went and got tested and brought me his paperwork so I would feel comfortable Since we started dating, he gets tested weekly but he doesn’t bring up my illness.

 

Emboldened by being so accepted, I reached out to my former sex partners that I hadn’t told. I had decided to share with them before the book was released and they heard the information from someone other than me.

 

Each that I told took it well, but one has ducked me since I told him I wanted to talk to him. I guess he doesn’t want to talk about it. I gave him enough info to know the convo we needed to have was about an std.

 

When Usher was accused of spreading herpes, after my sympathy for him, I was overjoyed. I was actually hopeful that he did have it because a mainstream celebrity having it can assist in normalizing it. With 90% of the people in the world carrying some form of herpes, you’d think it would be a topic more discussed. Like I say in my essay, “A Life of Authenticity “found inside “Reflections of a Survivor”, though so many people carry it, no one wants to talk about it. Not talking about STD’s is killing people and running lives.

 

The biggest bonus to the Usher herpes allegations, was the conversations being had around it. Though it is now being said that Usher does not have herpes and is planning to sue his accusers, I am grateful for the conversation starter. I am grateful of the journey I’ve been on that allows me to now say that I have had herpes for 19 years. I’m grateful for the fact that I now know I am worthy of love and affection despite what ailment I have.

 

I am glad that usher doesn’t have it, but I am so grateful that he was the centerpiece to start honest conversations about it. Even more, I am scared but excite that I no longer want to live in the shadows. Follow my journey via Stronger Than My Struggles.

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Usher Does Not Have Herpes, Plans To Sue His Accusers for Defamation.

38-year-old Usher has been accused of exposing multiple women and a man to herpes without warning. Credible sources have come forth however, with new information. Usher has stayed mum on the subject, now we may know why.

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Everyone has been laughing at Usher, but it looks like it’s the singer who will get the last laugh. The 38-year-old entertainer has been accused to exposing multiple women to herpes without warning. Credible sources have come forth however, with new information.


 

I’ve been one of the first to defend Usher, who has been given no consideration as his name is defamed all over the internet. The jokes and memes have been crazy, Usher has kept silent. I don’t know the man personally, but I do know, like Bill Cosby, he hasn’t said a word confirming the accusations. People were willing to give an accused rapist more of the benefit of the doubt than a man accused of STD exposure.

 

The media has been publishing articles about Usher’s so-called herpes exposure for almost  weeks now. Yesterday, TMZ published an article claiming that lawyer, Lisa Bloom, plans to file a lawsuit on behalf of multiple clients, one of them being a man, who claims Usher exposed them to herpes.

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While usher has not made a statement, sources inside his close circle are talking. These sources are saying that Usher is not only vehemently denying sleeping with Quantasia Sharpton, one of the accusers, but also denies having herpes.

 

In fact, the source claim that the reason Usher has stayed mum throughout the accusations, is because he is mounting a defamation lawsuit against his accusers and their lawyers alike.

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It’s unheard of for a lawyer to be so publicly involved in a case like this where there can be question of libel and defamation. I would think that someone would confirm the singer has herpes before holding press conferences. Bloom is hoping to compel the singer to be tested and get a court order forcing him to reveal his status to future sex partners.

 

These allegations from multiple people started to surface after court documents were leaked alleging that Usher paid a $1 million settlement to Maya Fox-Davis because he had infected her. The singer’s camp has also denied those allegations, saying instead, the money was payment for babysitting the singer’s young sons. Also, the source points to the fact that only pieces of this alleged court document were revealed and can’t be verified as authentic.

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Meanwhile, while holding press conferences and claiming to be distraught, Sharpton, who held a press conference earlier this week, was on social media posting about how she “needs money” and is “enjoying her last few hours as a regular girl.” Pathetic. Of course, her lawyer says her needing money has nothing to do with her suing the singer or her allegations of him exposing her to the STD.

 

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Meanwhile, as if they are trying to destroy Usher’s career before he has given one statement, TMZ has even reported that Usher’s insurance company will not assist him with these lawsuits because they don’t cover communicable diseases. Sheesh, is there anything about Usher they haven’t found out yet? Oh yea, no one has confirmed he has herpes.

 

We won’t even go into details about why there is a man suing Usher claiming he too, had sexual contact with the singer. We just won’t.

 

Vibe and Sandra Rose both have published article dispelling the Usher herpes allegations. I guess we won’t know what’s real until the singer himself speak or files his lawsuit. What I do know, is that until he speaks, I’m not taking the allegations seriously and regardless the outcome, I’ll always be a fan.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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