By Josh Mitchell
Corinth Today News Editor
There were no opioid-related overdose deaths in Alcorn County last month reported to the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics.
Statewide, there were seven fatal overdoses related to opioids in January reported to MBN, the agency said Monday. Two were reported in Desoto County, and one overdose death was reported in Tate, Lowndes, Pearl River, George and Harrison counties.
Under state law, officials are required to report drug overdose deaths to MBN. State statute says, “health-care providers, coroners and law enforcement officers shall notify the bureau of any death caused by a drug overdose within 24 hours.”
The U.S. Department of Justice said Monday that the nation is in the “midst of the deadliest drug epidemic in American history.”
More than 63,600 Americans died from drug overdoses in 2016, a 21 percent increase from the prior year, the agency said. About two-thirds of those deaths were caused by heroin, fentanyl and prescription opioids, DOJ added.
President Donald Trump’s proposed federal budget announced Monday seeks $13 billion in new funding to expand treatment, prevention and other services. Likewise, the budget seeks to expand Medicaid coverage of medication-assisted treatment to help people fighting opioid addiction.
Region IV Mental Health Services in Corinth recently started offering medication-assisted treatment, which involves taking medication for help with painkiller dependence while also receiving counseling.
The administration is also seeking $18 billion for the proposed border wall, which, the president says, is needed to combat the flow of illegal drugs into the United States.