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Opioid Overdoses in the US Rose 30 Percent in a Year

Opioid Overdoses in the US Rose 30 Percent in a Year

Nationwide, emergency room visits increased 30 percent from July 2016 to September 2017. "We saw, sadly, that in every region, in every age group of adults, in both men and women, overdoses from opioids are increasing".

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

This fast-moving epidemic affects all ages, genders and states and is still increasing across the US, she said. But those increases varied dramatically from state to state, even within a region.

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However, 63,632 people died of drug overdose deaths in 2016 in the United States, a 21.4 percent increase from 2015, the CDC said.

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Rates of opioid overdoses in the ED decreased significantly by 15% in Kentucky.

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Continued rises in cities and towns of all types.

The largest regional increase occurred in the Midwest, which saw a 69.7 percent jump in opioid overdoses, according to the report. She says states can use that information to identify where resources are needed. Increases were seen in rates across demographic groups and all 5 USA regions; the largest increases were seen in the Southwest, Midwest, and West (about 7 to 11% per quarter).

Increase availability of and access to treatment services, including mental health services and medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder. Timely treatment with naloxone can reverse the effects of opioids. It is typical to see overdose increases at the start of the month, when many people get their paychecks, but the spikes could also be due to growing fentanyl use, he said.

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"We're now seeing the highest drug overdose death rates ever recorded in the United States, driven by prescription opioids and by illicit opioids such as heroin and illicitly-manufactured fentanyl,"Anne Schuchat, MD, acting director of the CDC, said during a telebriefing on the report". "Data on opioid overdoses treated in emergency departments can inform timely, strategic, and coordinated response efforts in the community as well".