In US, opioid overdoses up 30 percent in a year

In US, opioid overdoses up 30 percent in a year

Opioid overdose deaths increased by 27.7 percent nationally previous year, according to new data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday (March 6).

Overdoses increased in nearly every state, with the Midwest seeing a particularly steep 70 percent rise between July 2016 and September 2017.

"With the attention that this is getting, it's very disappointing that we're seeing these increases", said Dr. Anne Schuchat, CDC Acting Director. But those increases varied dramatically from state to state, even within a region. The first, the Enhanced State Opioid Overdose Surveillance (ESOOS) program, is a snapshot of emergency department data from 16 states. In Wisconsin, visits spiked 107 percent between July 2016 and September 2017, compared with 105 percent in DE, and 81 percent in Pennsylvania, with by far the largest population of the three.

Opioid overdoses increased for both sexes and all age groups.

The Midwest experienced a 70 percent increase over that time, a spike that was driven by rises in Wisconsin of 109 percent, IL at 66 percent, and in at 35 percent.




Beforehand the office took a gander at death from opioids, which fall behind reports from crisis rooms. The increase - up 81 percent from 2016 - measured as the third largest in the U.S. But a report by NPR suggested the availability of highly potent drugs like fentanyl may have had an impact on the number of overdoses there.

"And, so we think there probably is not an increase in people using drugs, but there is an increase in the danger associated with a single use", Schuchat said. "We're just working to save that person's life in the moment", he says. Substantial increases in overdose rates cut across all categories, including men (30 percent) and women (24 percent), and people aged 25 to 34 (31 percent), 35 to 54 (36 percent), and 55 or older (32 percent).

The opioid epidemic, which has been the source of innumerable headlines, studies, policy decisions, costs the US more than $500 billion per year, according to some estimates. 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.

The most recent information could disparage the overdoses, since numerous individuals who overdose never wind up in the crisis room.

The report said Kentucky's reduction "might be explained by fluctuations in drug supply and warrant confirmation", and small decreases in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island could be "related to implementation of interventions including expansion of access to medication-assisted treatment".

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