Big omission in blog series on advance hospital/health and wellness planning, public health planning: addiction services
The Denver Post has just published a four-part series on the cost of alcohol-related deaths in the state.
Part 1: Colorado alcohol deaths surged 60% in 4 years, but there’s been no public outcry or push to save lives Coloradans die from the effects of alcohol at one of the highest rates in the country, but, in comparison to fentanyl, the state’s reaction has been a shrug. Legislators haven’t seriously considered measures to discourage drinking, and voters expanded access to alcohol in grocery stores.Part 2: Colorado has some of the lowest alcohol taxes and highest drinking deaths. That’s no coincidence, experts say. Experts say raising state alcohol taxes also would make more money available for programs aimed at preventing unhealthy drinking and to enforce the state’s liquor laws. Currently, the department charged with regulating Colorado’s alcohol outlets can’t afford to fill all its open positions.Part 3: Beer and wine became more widely available in Colorado even as drinking deaths rose. Five years ago, a workgroup tasked with finding ways to reduce Colorado’s rate of drinking-related deaths issued a simple recommendation: cut back on when and where people can buy alcohol. Since then, however, the state has only expanded access to alcohol.Part 4: Alcohol addiction treatment is available in Colorado, but people struggle to get the help they need. Despite the availability of addiction programs, people who are concerned about their own drinking or a loved one’s don’t always know where to turn. Treatment options may not meet patients’ preferences, aren’t easily accessible in certain parts of the state, or don’t necessarily accept all forms of insurance, including Medicare and Medicaid.
From the first article:
Alcohol killed 1,547 people statewide in 2022 — fewer than the 1,799 who died of overdoses.
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-- "Update on DC's plans to build a new United Medical Center," 2018
-- "Rush Medical Center (Chicago) clues us into a gap in state and regional health care planning: planning for disaster and epidemic response," 2020