Opioid overdoses spiked 30% in a year

Opioid overdoses spiked 30% in a year

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.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report on Tuesday showing the midwest had the highest increase of emergency room visits for opioid overdoses in any region, which is up an average 70 percent in just over a year.

Schuchat said the United States is now seeing its highest drug overdose death rates ever.

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.

The CDC also looked at data from the National Syndromic Surveillance Program BioSense platform which analyzes 45 states and found increases in all regions of the US with the largest increase in the Midwest (70 percent).

Acting CDC director Dr. Anne Schuchat said emergency room visit data is useful because it shows when and where people are overdosing.

Opioid overdoses in large cities increased 54 percent in 16 states.

New data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests drug overdose deaths declined in some states - but not in Oklahoma.




The CDC recently started using a new system to track ER overdoses and found the rate of opioid overdoses rose from 14 to 18 per 100,000 ER visits over a year. "The quick moving opioid overdose epidemic proceeds and is quickening".

The rate of such ER visits rose 105 percent in DE and 81 percent in Pennsylvania.

The other states in the study were Indiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina and Ohio, Rhode Island and West Virginia.

Until now, the CDC has reported mostly about overdose deaths, Schuchat noted, but "looking at ED data can help us get information before people die".

While overdoses increased across the country, some regions were hit harder than others.

"With the attention this has been getting, it's very disappointing we are seeing these increases".

"We know that up to 90 percent of people will relapse in the first year going through rehab", he said. It's kind of like pointing to a burning building and saying, oh, there's a fire there; there's an emergency, and then not calling the fire department and watching it burn down.

STEIN: Too often, she says, addicts are simply revived and sent home only to overdose again.

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