CDC reports rising opioid-related emergency room visits

CDC reports rising opioid-related emergency room visits

CDC reports rising opioid-related emergency room visits

A key point from the CDC is that the epidemic has shifted into a new phase.

The Midwest had the highest increase of emergency room visits for opioid overdoses in any region, up an average 70 percent in just over a year. A few sections of the nation experienced far more noteworthy increments than others while a couple of detailed decays, the examination appears. "The fast-moving opioid overdose epidemic continues and is accelerating". In Wisconsin, overdoses are up a 109 percent.

Major metropolitan areas shouldered the brunt of overdose spikes: Large cities in the 16 states surveyed saw a 54 percent increase in ER visits.

Still, many people who overdose never visit a hospital either because they die before reaching the hospital, or because they are revived with the overdose-reversal drug naloxone and decline to go to the hospital. "It may be much more awful", Schuchat says.

That report did not specify any local numbers for overdose cases, but 2 On Your Side did learn that our local physicians and other health care professionals are seeking ways to reduce such cases.

Some changes to health programs, especially the public health insurance program for the poor, Medicaid, may be counterproductive to treating people addicted to opioids. "But the substances are more risky than five years ago", Schuchat says. "The room for give and take for taking one of these substances is little now and people may not realize what they have".

STEIN: Other experts say the latest data are alarming. "It is anxious that 20 years into this epidemic, it is as yet deteriorating". There were 45 heroin-related deaths and 66 overdoses from opioids.

The American opioid epidemic claimed more than 64,000 lives in 2016 alone.

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"It's kind of like pointing to a burning building and saying, 'Oh, there's a fire there". "There's been a lot of talk from Congress and from the administration and a recognition that we need to do something about this problem. Be that as it may, nothing yet has happened".

Lynch says that effort has been enhanced over the past year with a program to set up a network of regional addiction treatment centers. She added that the opioid epidemic has come in three waves, and overprescribing represents just the first.

"We really think that this is a wake-up call for all of us - that the opioid epidemic is in all of our communities and that there's more that we need to do", Schuchat said.

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

"We needed all the more opportune data", Schuchat says.

"Overall, ED visits for suspected opioid overdoses increased 35 percent in these 45 states hit hard by the epidemic", according to a press release.

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. "It does not respect state or county lines and is still increasing in every region in the United States", said CDC Acting Director Anne Schuchat.

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