CDC finds spike in DE opioid overdose ER visits

Opioid overdoses seen in hospital emergency rooms are way up. Timely treatment with naloxone can reverse the effects of opioids

No region or demographic group was spared, and two states - Wisconsin and DE - saw overdose visits to their emergency rooms more than double. The increase - up 81 percent from 2016 - measured as the third largest in the U.S.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that in the previous year opioid overdose rates increased across the United States by 30 percent overall, with a 70 percent increase in areas of the Midwest hard hit by the opioid crisis.

"Long before we receive data from death certificates, emergency department data can point to alarming increases in opioid overdoses", said a press statement from CDC Acting Director Anne Schuchat.

The 142,557 emergency visits in 45 states marked a almost 30 percent increase between July 2016 and September 2017, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Tuesday.

Worth noting: not all states in the study saw increases.

Comparing the third quarter of 2016 to the third quarter of 2017, researchers found a 29.7 percent jump in ER visits due to opioids.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the nation is in the grip of a fast-moving epidemic for which there are no easy solutions. "So they turn to more lethal means - fentanyl, carfentanyl, heroin - and those typically are leading them to overdose".

The programs software collects data on more than 60 percent of all emergency room visits across the USA in 45 states.

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On the whole, the Midwest suffered the highest rates of overdose, with every state in the region reporting increases.

"As medical professionals are becoming more aware of the potential for a patient to have an opioid overdose, the number of suspected cases will increase", she said.

"We saw, tragically, that in each locale, in each age gathering of grown-ups, in the two men and ladies, overdoses from opioids are expanding", Schuchat says.

2 On Your Side reached out to the CDC for more clarification on what has been reported in such cases here in NY state.

The most recent information could disparage the overdoses, since numerous individuals who overdose never wind up in the crisis room. Most states now use ED data (also called syndromic data) to identify where resources are needed or where gaps exist.

The specialists additionally investigated 45 million crisis division visits that happened in 16 states amid a similar period, which included 119,198 speculated opioid overdoses.

STEIN: But some parts of the country are being hit harder than others.

"Science is clear: Addiction is a chronic disease and not a moral failing", the doctor said.

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