CDC report maps ongoing opioid epidemic in the USA

CDC: Opioid overdose emergency room visits up 30 percent nationwide; decrease in Massachusetts

The increase was worst in the Midwest and in large metropolitan areas. Visits rose 35 percent in IN, 28 percent in OH and 21 percent in Missouri. Overdoses related to opioids increased for both men (30%) and women (24%) and all age groups 25 and older (ranging from 31% to 36%). "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". "We're clearly not doing enough and what we are doing, we're not doing it quickly enough", Smith said.

According to the report, ME saw a 25-49 percent increase in the same time period. We asked him if he saw Fentanyl and well as heroin.

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

But Harris said many people who have substance use disorder are uninsured, and trying to get the uninsured into a medication-assisted treatment program is hard.

The ED2Recovery Program has also expanded to UW Hospital and there are efforts to expand it statewide using federal grant money.

The crisis is gripping Illinois' urban and suburban communities alike.

U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams told reporters Tuesday that President Donald Trump's administration is trying to decrease supply of and demand for opioids, and reduce the stigma of addiction. Jim Perri said he and his co-workers are also swamped with patients.

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The opioid epidemic reached new heights, with opioid overdoses in the ED jumping to 30%.

The data reports that, from the same time frame as the ESOOS Program report, all 5 United States regions experienced increases in overdose rates.

However, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island are among states showing a decrease in such visits, according to the CDC data. Increases were seen in rates across demographic groups and all 5 US regions; the largest increases were seen in the Southwest, Midwest, and West (about 7 to 11% per quarter).

Officials fear the overdose rate and death toll are likely higher than the official statistics show, because many overdose victims will never pass through an emergency room.

"We hope that it's a positive sign that will persist", she said.

Jennifer Miller, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Health Services, said many suspected opioid overdoses in ERs don't become confirmed cases. Overdose visits alone don't capture the severity of the problem. "Having the right data available at the right time can help direct the right resources to the most impacted areas".

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