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CDC report: Hospital visits for opioid overdoses rose 30 percent nationwide

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says ER visits for opioid overdoses rose 30 percent in 45 states from July 2016 through September 2017 CDC: Opioid overdose emergency room visits up 30 percent nationwide; decrease in Massachusetts
Alonzo Parks | 08 March, 2018, 02:12

A new report compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed that the number of people checking into the emergency room (ER) after overdosing rose by 30% between July 2016 and September 2017. In the first nine months of 2017, the state had 609 opioid deaths, a 5 percent decrease from the same period in 2016. The report also estimated a 30 percent increase for 45 states. Overall, ED visits for suspected opioid overdoses increased 35 percent in these 16 states hit hard by the epidemic. The Midwest saw the most dramatic increase - about 70 percent.

"We're now seeing the highest drug overdose death rates ever recorded in the United States, driven by prescription opioids and by illicit opioids such as heroin and illicitly-manufactured fentanyl,"Anne Schuchat, MD, acting director of the CDC, said during a telebriefing on the report".

The report noted the central role of state and local health departments in coordinating responses to opioid overdoses.

Support programs that reduce harms which can occur when injecting opioids, including those that offer screening for HIV and hepatitis B and C, in combination with referral to treatment.

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"This fast-moving epidemic affects both men and women, and people of every age".

"Up until now, we have been reporting on the tragic loss of life from overdoses, but for every fatal case, there are many more nonfatal cases, each one with its own emotional and economic toll", Schuchat said during a telebriefing on the report. In Kentucky, the CDC's analysis showed a 15 percent drop in overdoses.

Among the solutions is increasing access to medication-assisted treatment, which combines behavioral therapy with medication to reduce withdrawal symptoms, Shah said. Schuchat said they are hearing about many "innovative" strategies across the U.S.to provide help to people who need treatment. "We know that prescribing patterns for opioids have been high in some rural areas", Schuchat said. Closer coordination between public health and public safety agencies can support identification of changes in supply and use of illicit opioids, further allowing communities to take appropriate action to reduce opioid overdoses.

Dr. Stephen Hull, a pain specialist at Mercy Hospital, said that the article is the latest study of many to question whether opioids should be used for chronic pain. "The number of Americans experiencing opioid overdoses is still increasing".

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