CDC reports opioid overdoses treated in emergency departments increase nationwide

CDC reports opioid overdoses treated in emergency departments increase nationwide

U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, an Ohio Republican, said the report found a 54 percent increase in overdoses from July 2016 to September 2017 in the major metro areas of 16 states, including Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that in the a year ago 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.

"This fast-moving epidemic does not distinguish age, sex or state or county lines, and it's still increasing in every region of the United States", she said during a media briefing on Tuesday.

All five monitored regions revealed a spike in people with possible opioid overdoses between July 2016 and September 2017, according to data from the CDC's Enhanced State Opioid Overdose Surveillance Program. Distribution of naloxone, an overdose-reversal measure, could be distributed to not only first responders, but also to friends and family of people who are drug users.

In the report, the CDC researchers recommended steps to better respond to drug addiction and overdose, including broader access to the overdose prevention drug naloxone (Narcan) and increased availability of treatment services. Medical staffs often lack resources to fully test and record all the substances in a person's system at the time of death, especially as more people use increasingly potent synthetic opioids, such as fentanyl, carfentanil and analogues.

"[This] means 115 people die each day from opioid overdose", she said.

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Emergency department visits, as outlined in Tuesday's report, capture a snapshot of the opioid crisis faster, and the picture shows virtually no sign of improvement across much of the U.S.

"I meet with those on the frontlines of this opioid crisis in OH regularly", said a statement from Portman.

The biggest local increment happened in the Midwest, which saw a 69.7 percent bounce in opioid overdoses, as per the report.

Repeat opioid overdoses can be avoided through treatment referrals provided during emergency department visits.

STEIN: But some parts of the country are being hit harder than others. In 2016 the coroner's office reported 89 drug-related overdose deaths.

The study comes just a week after the White House held a week-long opioid summit.

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

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