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Emergency departments see 30% spike in opioid overdoses, CDC says

07 March 2018, 11:45 | Lucy Hill

MoreCloseclosemoreOpioid overdoses seen in hospital emergency rooms are way up. Timely treatment with naloxone can reverse the effects of opioids

Opioid overdoses seen in hospital emergency rooms are way up. Timely treatment with naloxone can reverse the effects of opioids

Tuesday, the CDC released a new report saying hospital emergency departments saw a 30 percent spike in opioid overdoses between July of 2016 and September of 2017.

Fifteen out of 10,000 emergency room visits involved opioid overdoses between July 2016 and September 2017.

"We have an emergency on our hands", says acting CDC Director Anne Schuchat.

SCHUCHAT: We saw sadly that in every region, in every age group of adults, in both men and women, overdoses from opioids are increasing.

Every state in the Midwest region experienced large increases: Wisconsin (109 percent), IL (66 percent), in (35 percent), OH (28 percent) and Missouri (21 percent).

Emergency room visits for opioid overdoses are skyrocketing across the country.

Emergency department visits, as outlined in Tuesday's report, capture a snapshot of the opioid crisis faster, and the picture shows virtually no sign of improvement across much of the U.S.

Beforehand the office took a gander at death from opioids, which fall behind reports from crisis rooms.

Almost two thirds of drug overdose deaths in 2016 involved prescription opioids, illicit opioids, or both, an increase of 27.7 percent from 2015.

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"We needed all the more opportune data", Schuchat says.

Nearly 100 people are dying every day across America from opioid overdoses - more than auto crashes and shootings combined. Substantial increases in overdose rates cut across all categories, including men (30 percent) and women (24 percent), and people aged 25 to 34 (31 percent), 35 to 54 (36 percent), and 55 or older (32 percent).

Benjamin Miller with the Well Being Trust, a national foundation that explores holistic health issues, said the latest CDC data on opioid overdoses is tragic, unsurprising and offers the latest "reflection of our country's inability to have a timely and comprehensive response to these issues".

"I meet with those on the frontlines of this opioid crisis in OH regularly", said a statement from Portman.

The opioid epidemic, which has been the source of innumerable headlines, studies, policy decisions, costs the USA more than $500 billion per year, according to some estimates.

"People who have had an overdose are more likely to have another, so being seen in the ED [emergency department] is an opportunity for action", the CDC report said.

Other major outbreaks of overdoses included a 105 percent increase in DE, an 81 percent increase in Pennsylvania, and a 34 percent increase in Maine. Miller said. "People seek alternative means to maintain their addiction or their high".



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