Posted November 16, 2018 03:00:00 The story of a father staying in a hotel room with his 15-year-old son is being shared on Facebook by a father who is hoping the experience will teach him to be more responsible when it comes to his own personal safety.
“When I was staying with my family, we didn’t do any drugs, we did not drink or do anything like that, and that was it,” said Steve Dolan.
“We were very safe.
That was my family.”
Dolan is one of thousands of families across the country who have reported their hotels were being used by drug-related guests in recent years.
But he said there’s a lot more to it than just that.
“I’m not saying that drug use has nothing to do with the hotels,” he said.
“It’s just that there’s so much more to the problem.”
If I were to share the hotel information and I was to go in and just say, ‘What’s the drug problem in my hotel?’ and just tell people, ‘I’m a doctor, I know what’s happening, I’m here to help you, I don’t care what’s in the hotel room,’ that would be the worst possible situation.””
In the past year, the number of reported drug-induced hotel deaths in the US has jumped by 60 per cent. “
If you’re going to be a doctor or an accountant, you need to understand the drug use that’s going around the country, and it’s happening to everyone.”
In the past year, the number of reported drug-induced hotel deaths in the US has jumped by 60 per cent.
In July, the federal government’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said it was aware of an increase in hotel room-related deaths in Washington State.
Last year, a federal judge ordered the Washington State Attorney General to investigate whether there was criminal negligence in the death of a former employee of the Washington Post, who was found dead inside a hotel bathroom.
In November, the Bureau of Justice Statistics reported that a record 8,300 people died in hotel accidents between January 2017 and March 2018.
That’s a five per cent increase from the year before, and a four per cent jump from the first three months of the year.
The number of deaths in hotel-related accidents rose by more than three times over the past two years.
But even the uptick isn’t the whole story.
“There are so many variables that go into these things, and we really don’t know what the underlying causes are,” said Michael Aitken, chief executive of the National Association of Hotel Accident Investigators.
“There’s so many other factors, and so many different factors that can be affecting people.”
He said the rise in hotel deaths is due to “more frequent and more violent use of the hotels by drug users, and there’s been an increase with some other things as well, like the lack of regulation of the industry and the lack and the complexity of the systems.”
“We are seeing this type of drug-use-related death increase every year and every year we’re seeing more and more of it,” Aitkin said.
“We’re not even really seeing the actual deaths in terms of the number we’re dealing with, but the increased numbers of people that we’re finding in our database.”
What’s behind the rise?
Some experts think it’s more complicated than that.
“It’s certainly not just the drug and alcohol,” said Dr. Steven Ebeling, a physician and director of the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
“And the drugs and alcohol and the violence in our society, the social stress that we put on ourselves, we all have some kind of drug or alcohol addiction.”
But I think it has more to do than just drugs and addiction.
I think there are a lot of things that we have to take into consideration, including the lack a regulation of hotels, the lack regulation of hotel-based care, the fact that there are so few doctors and nurses in our community, that it’s very difficult for us to get into the rooms,” he told CBC News.”
And then the people that are going in there, and the people who are not going in, we’re not really going to know if they’re coming to us or not.
We don’t really know what they’re doing there, or what they might be thinking about, and what their intentions are.
“Dr. Aitkan said it’s important to understand that many people don’t have the capacity to care for themselves and are at high risk of serious injury or death.”
A lot of the time, when we’re talking about drug use, people are talking about people with addictions or substance use disorders,” he explained.”