CDC Reports ER Visits For Opioid Overdoses Just Jumped 30 Percent

CDC Reports ER Visits For Opioid Overdoses Just Jumped 30 Percent

And within emergency departments across 16 high-risk states - Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania Rhode Island, West Virginia and Wisconsin - those overdoses went up by 35 percent, according to a new report released Tuesday.

The rate varied by state, with rural/urban differences, with eight states reporting increases of 25% or greater in the rate of opioid overdose ED visits.

Opioid overdoses increased for both men and women, across all age groups, and in all regions, though there was some variation by state, with rural and urban differences.

Death certificate data gives the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) final numbers for the number of people killed by opioid epidemics, but this information takes time to make its way to the agency.

The largest regional increase occurred in the Midwest, which saw a 69.7 percent jump in opioid overdoses, according to the report.

The report explained health departments can alert communities of increases in overdoses and support access and availability to treatment.

The US opioid crisis claimed 63,600 lives in 2016, the National Center for Health Statistics has previously said.

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Dr. Brian Sharp, who works in the ER at UW Hospital, said UW has seen an uptick in overdoses of prescription opioids and illicit opioids such as heroin and illegally formulated fentanyl.

Schuchat said she is cautiously optimistic that strategies implemented in these states to combat opioid addiction may be working. Among men, it was 30 percent.

Health officials have been playing catch-up with the opioid epidemic all along, leaving many questioning how we got to the crisis point we've reached.

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.

This can make it easier to identify where there are gaps in local resources and how they can best be allocated, becasue having one overdose makes it likely a person will have another. She called ERs "essential hubs" in the fight against the opioid epidemic, and said the CDC recommends that emergency departments institute "warm handoffs", a practice in increasing use in the region, where people in addiction can be sent directly to treatment from the ER after an overdose.

Increase naloxone distribution (an overdose-reversing drug) to first responders, family and friends, and other community members in affected areas, as policies permit. Adams said his brother has long struggled with addiction.

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