Addiction leads to tragic ends by The Star-AdvertiserPosted on Dec 26, 2014 in All IPCS News, poisoning prevention
Dan Galanis, epidemiologist for the Department of Health’s Injury Prevention and Control Section discusses drug overdose deaths among Hawaii’s residents with The Star-Advertiser.
“In the five-year period through 2013, the number of fatalities for residents 60 and older totaled 132, a 288 percent increase from the five-year period through 2003, according to data from the Department of Health’s Injury Prevention and Control Program. The fatalities included deaths from prescription and illicit drugs.
For that 15-year period, Dan Galanis, epidemiologist for the injury prevention program, analyzed about a half dozen different causes of death for residents 60 and older, including falls, drownings, motor vehicle accidents and suffocation.
Drug poisoning was the only one that increased substantially.”
POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Dec 07, 2014