Published: Fri, March 09, 2018
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Opioid overdoses in ERs up 30 percent as crisis worsens

Opioid overdoses in ERs up 30 percent as crisis worsens

In a report released this week by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, opioid overdoses have increased by 30 percent over the past year.

The CDC reported that overdose rates were highest in Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Ohio, and Missouri.

The Midwest saw a whopping 70 percent increase in opioid-related ER visits related to opioid overdoses.

Opioid overdoses increased for both sexes and all age groups.

Opioid addiction also has hooked its claws into all groups of USA residents.

"With continued increases in opioid overdoses, availability of timely data are important to inform actions taken by emergency departments and public health practitioners", the report concluded. Among those states, DE and Pennsylvania, along with Wisconsin, topped the list of states where the rate of ER visits for overdoses grew the most quickly.

That analysisshowed a 34.5 percent increase between the same periods in 2016 and 2017. That's in line with early overdose death reports from those states, officials said.

"We have a crisis staring us in the face", says CDC Acting Director Anne Schuchat. The report analyzed overdoses from emergency department visits in the across 52 jurisdictions in 45 states from July 2016 through September 2017. Emergency cases in DE rose by 105 percent. But those increases varied dramatically from state to state, even within a region.

Emergency rooms saw a big jump in overdoses from opioids previous year - the latest evidence the nation's drug crisis is getting worse.

When someone is seen by medical professionals in the emergency department, "we are presented with an opportunity of preventing another overdose", Schuchat said Tuesday.

The general increment in opioid overdoses found in healing facility crisis rooms between the second from last quarter of 2016 and 2017 happened the country over.

From data collected by the CDC's National Syndromic Surveillance Program (91 million emergency department visits), opioid overdose visits increased almost 30 percent from 2016 to 2017.

It was also determined that people who have suffered opioid overdoses in the past are more prone to suffering one in the future as well. Lynch adds, "Getting patients the help and the medication that they may need or might be appropriate for them right while they're in the emergency department and linking them appropriate to an addiction specialist.our goal is to stop seeing those repeat patients over and over again".

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