What’s the big danger to public health here?

Number of deaths in Chester County from…

Opioid overdose: about 100 a year. There have been 60 in 2015, 97 in 2016, and 150 can be projected for 2017, per Chesco DA Tom Hogan, in Michael Rellahan, “‘Operation Wildfire:’ Dozens busted in heroin-opioid crackdown,” Daily Local News, 6/27/17.

West Nile Virus: 1 in the 16 years since WNV was first recorded in Chester County in 2001.

Number of deaths in Pennsylvania from…

Drug overdoses: pushing toward 5,000 a year. There have been 3,264 in 2015 (n.b. “Opioids—prescription and illicit—are the main driver of drug overdose deaths”) per CDC and 4,642 in 2016 per USDEA cited in Pennlive).

West Nile Virus: 4 in the last 3 years 1 in 2014 and 1 in 2015 per CDC; 2 in 2016 per CDC)

Opioid deaths in PA are rising dramatically while WNV deaths have fallen over time almost to the vanishing point. Let’s put public resources into drug issues, not spraying for mosquitoes!

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