CDC finds spike in DE opioid overdose ER visits

Bryan Strickland
March 7, 2018

"Emergency department (ED) visits for opioid overdoses rose 30% in all parts of the U.S. from July 2016 through September 2017", the CDC said in a press release on Tuesday.

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.

"This fast-moving epidemic does not distinguish age, sex or state or county lines, and it's still increasing in every region of the United States", she said during a media briefing on Tuesday.

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

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.

The data also highlight the need to enhance mental health services, medication-assisted treatment for addiction and distribution of naloxone, the overdose-reversing drug, Schuchat said.

Certain areas in the Northeast were also hit particularly hard, with DE experiencing a 105 percent increase and Pennsylvania an 81 percent increase in opioid overdoses during that time.

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The report explained health departments can alert communities of increases in overdoses and support access and availability to treatment. "More Americans are dying each day from opioid overdoses, in every community across the nation".

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). Among those regions, Midwestern emergency departments experienced the highest increase in overdoses - up to 70 percent - compared to those in the Southeast, which saw a rise of 14 percent.

It shows overdoses increased in both men and women of all ages and in both urban and rural areas.

The analysis was based on about 91 million emergency room visits that occurred between July 2016 and September 2017, including 142,557 visits that were suspected opioid overdoses. In the USA in 2016, illicit and prescription drug overdoses killed 64,000 people.

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A study report issued last week by the Minnesota Department of Health, which surveyed data from 2,000 first-time medical marijuana users with intractable pain, said 42 percent of those patients reported a 30 percent decrease or more in their level of pain.

The study comes just a week after the White House held a week-long opioid summit. The surgeon general, Jerome Adams, said: "Addiction is a chronic disease, and not a moral failing".

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