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(Axios)   Opioid deaths in Iowa increased 35% in 2020 after victims realized they were in Iowa   (axios.com) divider line
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2021-04-20 9:06:37 AM  
To loosely quote my IA coworkers, in Iowa's defense that they are pretty centrally located to the entire North American continent, making it reasonably easy to GTFO with just 1-2 flights or a long day's drive.

Plus things will be booming soon with the entire state of Minnesota evacuating...
 
2021-04-20 9:32:52 AM  
The Kim Reaper is just decimating the state. I think she's trying to compete with Covid Kristi in South Dakota.
 
2021-04-20 10:19:26 AM  
Iowa is awful, except compared to literally every neighbor.
 
2021-04-20 10:22:09 AM  
It looks more like a case of regression to the mean. With that much year by year change, I am suspicious of data that only goes back to 2016.
 
2021-04-20 10:25:35 AM  
My husband and I went to visit a friend in Indianapolis once. We had a fun time there, but aside from the city, Indiana is depressing and empty as hell.
 
2021-04-20 10:27:02 AM  
Or they used 'opioid overdose' to hide coronavirus deaths.
 
2021-04-20 10:28:23 AM  

Jadedgrl: My husband and I went to visit a friend in Indianapolis once. We had a fun time there, but aside from the city, Indiana is depressing and empty as hell.


And yes I'm aware this was about Iowa but I've been told they are similar.
 
2021-04-20 10:31:15 AM  

Jadedgrl: Jadedgrl: My husband and I went to visit a friend in Indianapolis once. We had a fun time there, but aside from the city, Indiana is depressing and empty as hell.

And yes I'm aware this was about Iowa but I've been told they are similar.


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2021-04-20 10:37:03 AM  

Jadedgrl: Indiana is depressing and empty as hell.


Its straight up serial killer country.
 
2021-04-20 10:39:03 AM  

dothemath: Jadedgrl: Indiana is depressing and empty as hell.

Its straight up serial killer country.


They're more children of the corn evangelical types.  The kind that have eight foot throw blankets with Bible verses on them.  For serial killer territory I will refer you to Wisconsin.
 
2021-04-20 10:39:17 AM  
Goddamnit Jared, you had one job to do!
 
2021-04-20 10:45:17 AM  

Ken VeryBigLiar: dothemath: Jadedgrl: Indiana is depressing and empty as hell.

Its straight up serial killer country.

They're more children of the corn evangelical types.  The kind that have eight foot throw blankets with Bible verses on them.  For serial killer territory I will refer you to Wisconsin.


There's too much beer and cheese to make anyone start serial killing there. Plus, fat kids are harder to kidnap.

Kansas has a serial killer feel to it, but the state is so flat you should be able to see trouble coming from miles away.
 
2021-04-20 10:46:51 AM  
This is misleading as Iowa is still way near the bottom of deaths per capita in the country - Alabama won't report their scores although they lead the nation in prescriptions; West Virginia is the highest.
 
2021-04-20 10:48:08 AM  
What's next:More focus is needed to help interdict and reduce illegal opioid supplies, an effort that goes beyond Iowa's borders, Woolery said.

Yeah, that's bound to work, sooner or later.  After all, we've only been trying that for 90 years or so.
 
2021-04-20 10:54:17 AM  

NikolaiFarkoff: To loosely quote my IA coworkers, in Iowa's defense that they are pretty centrally located to the entire North American continent, making it reasonably easy to GTFO with just 1-2 flights or a long day's drive.

Plus things will be booming soon with the entire state of Minnesota evacuating...


As someone looking to buy a home in Minnesota - I'll just say that the unrest and everything else has had zero effect on the real estate market here. I just sold my home in Florida for 75% more than I paid for it 3.5years ago. The houses are actually more expensive here in MN for the same thing I had in Florida. Clearly people Aren't as easily scarred as you seem To be implying.
 
2021-04-20 10:58:55 AM  
Lumber Jack Off:

As someone looking to buy a home in Minnesota - I'll just say that the unrest and everything else has had zero effect on the real estate market here. I just sold my home in Florida for 75% more than I paid for it 3.5years ago. The houses are actually more expensive here in MN for the same thing I had in Florida. Clearly people Aren't as easily scarred as you seem To be implying.

Hopefully the joke was obvious enough. The RE market is so hot right now, I think downtown Minneapolis could be completely on fire and people would still get into bidding wars over a 100-year-old 3/1 farmhouse in Bloomington.

"Ain't care, WFH!"
 
2021-04-20 10:59:17 AM  

Porkbelly: This is misleading as Iowa is still way near the bottom of deaths per capita in the country - Alabama won't report their scores although they lead the nation in prescriptions; West Virginia is the highest.


Yeah, compared to NH, Western Mass, or certain parts of Vermont, Iowa isn't even on the map.  And like said above, the graph since 2016 is barely long enough to say it's a statistical r=0.01 "dunno".
 
2021-04-20 11:07:57 AM  

Jadedgrl: My husband and I went to visit a friend in Indianapolis once. We had a fun time there, but aside from the city, Indiana is depressing and empty as hell.


The Meadow Lake Wind Farm on I-65 is kinda cool to drive through in the middle of the night.
 
2021-04-20 11:11:57 AM  
Animals who don't live in a coastal state shouldn't have basic rights.
 
2021-04-20 11:24:08 AM  

NikolaiFarkoff: To loosely quote my IA coworkers, in Iowa's defense that they are pretty centrally located to the entire North American continent, making it reasonably easy to GTFO with just 1-2 flights or a long day's drive.

Plus things will be booming soon with the entire state of Minnesota evacuating...


Not true about Minnesota.  BLM and the like can run around in Mpls and St. Paul and maybe a few shiatty inner ring suburbs, but once they are past that, they are surrounded, outnumbered and outgunned.
 
2021-04-20 11:31:16 AM  
Back in the day I spent a week there. If it wasn't for the fact that I was with my girlfriend I probably would have taken up a drug habit too. Damn that state sucks.
 
2021-04-20 11:34:08 AM  

backhand.slap.of.reason: Or they used 'opioid overdose' to hide coronavirus deaths.


Or, they found out they had COVID , got depressed and overdosed making it a covid -19 death.
 
2021-04-20 11:35:43 AM  
As someone who lives in the midwest, I'll say roadtrips are about as exciting as visiting a museum of beige paint samples.
 
2021-04-20 11:37:17 AM  
Note that Iowa has a Republican Trumper governor. I wouldn't put it past her to order Covid deaths be reclassified as opioid deaths whenever possible, leading to the increase.
 
2021-04-20 11:37:50 AM  
*Laughs in WVian*

Those are rookie numbers.  Just this week I've had 2 overdoses within blocks of me.  And this is a quiet week.  A few weeks back the sirens didn't stop for days.

Yes I live in a hellhole.  Can someone please firebomb my entire city?
 
2021-04-20 11:47:34 AM  

Ken VeryBigLiar: dothemath: Jadedgrl: Indiana is depressing and empty as hell.

Its straight up serial killer country.

They're more children of the corn evangelical types.  The kind that have eight foot throw blankets with Bible verses on them.  For serial killer territory I will refer you to Wisconsin.


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2021-04-20 11:48:03 AM  
I've been to Clear Lake and Ventura, Iowa. Enjoyed both. Didn't have any urge or desire to eat pills.
 
2021-04-20 11:50:57 AM  
It went like this:

2017) 202ish dead.
2018) 138ish.
2019) 159ish
2020) 212


So its more accurate to say it returned to 2017 rates, but its not nearly as clickbaity of a headline when you say that
 
2021-04-20 11:50:59 AM  
I'm not aware of it being that big of a problem here. My wife has a friend who has been to rehab twice for opioids. She injured her back and work, had to have surgery and got hooked on the painkillers, just like a lot of people do.
 
2021-04-20 11:56:09 AM  
So we are losing the title of meth capital?

/Greetings from Iowa
//Buck Covid Kim
 
2021-04-20 12:46:05 PM  

browntimmy: As someone who lives in the midwest, I'll say roadtrips are about as exciting as visiting a museum of beige paint samples.


As someone who doesn't live there but has done thousands of miles of travel around the midwest; that is accurate. There are some more exciting parts that are more like the museum of white paint samples.
 
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