CDC: Opioid overdoses jump 30% across US

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CDC: Opioid overdoses jump 30% across US

The largest regional increase occurred in the Midwest, which saw a 69.7 percent jump in opioid overdoses, according to the report.

Opioid-related emergency-department visits in Pennsylvania increased 81 percent from July 2016 to September 2017, one of the highest rates among 16 states studied by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In the new report, the CDC researchers identified 142,557 cases of suspected opioid overdose treated in ERs during the study period.

DE participates in a CDC opioid overdose data collection program.

According to the report, overdoses across many demographics have been on the rise since July 2016, with a 30 percent overdose increase among men, 24 percent increase among women, 36 percent increase in people between ages 35-54 and an especially high increase in overdoses in Midwestern states, at 70 percent.

Acting CDC Director Anne Schuchat urged government officials to pay closer attention to this "complex epidemic" situation. 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.

"Research shows that people who have had an overdose are more likely to have another".

At the start of the opioid epidemic, US policy focused on stemming the flow of prescription opioids from doctors and pharmacies, Miller said.

In spite of the fact that the Trump organization as of late announced the epidemic to be a crisis, a noteworthy increment in subsidizing is direly expected to treat Americans dependent on opioids. "It does not respect state or county lines and is still increasing in every region in the United States". Time after time addicts are essentially resuscitated and sent home without follow-up mind, just to overdose once more, she says.

"We want there to be more hand-off in the emergency department between resuscitation or saving a life and addressing the longer-term needs for that individual or their support system", she said.

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.

But when a person dies and a drug overdose is suspected, medical examiners and coroners launch investigations that sometimes take weeks, if not months, to complete. Schuchat called these services "essential hubs" in stemming the opioid crisis.

Opioid overdoses increased for both men and women, across all age groups, and in all regions, though there was some variation by state, with rural and urban differences.

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