Governor Carney Says no Money for Drug Death Crisis

Picture of Delaware Governor John Carney

For several years Delaware has been experiencing a growing trend in overdose related deaths. From mid-May to mid-June the state has had between 5 and 10 suspected overdose deaths. Because of this uptick trend the Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) urged Delawareans abusing drugs or who have family members abusing drugs to call a dedicated hot line to obtain help. Because of this addiction epidemic the General Assembly found it necessary to increase funding for the Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health.    

In May 2017 Gov. Carney signed bipartisan Senate Bill 41, House Bill 91 and 100 expanding access to substance abuse treatment for Delawareans. Ironically upon releasing his “Plan for Delaware” in January 2017 Governor Carney allocated zero funding for the drug crisis. In a press statement Gov. Carney said “we want to cut down overdose deaths but I’m not paying for it, it’s the republican’s fault, hell they’re making me want to do drugs too. And, if I have to look at Trump’s rug head one more time I will become a drug addict.”  

More can be found at http://news.delaware.gov/2017/06/01/in-wake-of-uptick-in-overdose-deaths-statewide-dhss-urges-people-in-active-use-and-their-families-to-seek-out-treatment/ and at http://news.delaware.gov/2017/05/30/governor-carney-signs-package-of-legislation-to-combat-addiction-crisis/ and at http://governor.delaware.gov/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2017/01/ABC_23286_Transition_Team_Report.pdf

Teen Drug IQ is Disturbing

Youth making peace sign

National Institutes of Health (NIH) among its other duties monitors and puts out reports on the nations usage and health regarding illicit drugs. On the National Institute on Drug Abuse for Teens (NIDA) website there’s a 2017 Drug Abuse test which challenges a teens understanding of illegal drug usage and their effects. After grading many exams researchers found the pass rate to be just under eighty percent. Meaning America’s youth are well versed on the effects of various drugs.

Teens that pass the test are arrested and jailed because of their drug usage knowledge. Whereas, teenagers that fail the test are required to attend military academy training because they’re naive. The test consists of ten multiple choice questions and two bonus questions. I wonder what does the teen win if the bonus questions are answered correctly.

The exam asks questions such as how does alcohol affect the brain:

A.    Interferes with brain development

B.     Increases attention

C.     Compromises decision making

D.    Improves vision

When reviewing replies I noticed many teens wrote in another choice using the letter (E) with the words “gives me a hard on”. This honesty shows our teens are more mature and communicative than previous teens. Maybe for this they should be locked up.

More can be found at https://teens.drugabuse.gov/sites/default/files/DrugIQChallenge2017-508.pdf and at https://teens.drugabuse.gov/drug-facts