CDC: Increases in Opioid-Involved Overdoses in All Five US Regions

08 March, 2018, 01:34 | Author: Keith Rowe
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IL is one of the hardest hit states, with a almost 66 percent increase in suspected opioid overdose visits to the emergency room previous year. North Carolina saw a 31 percent spike during the same time period. The exact number was not released. Overdose-related trips to emergency departments increased among all age groups and both sexes and increased at the largest rate in the biggest cities. While the jump in overdoses was more pronounced in certain regions of the country, every area experienced an increase, reports NPR.

Alana Vivolo-Kantor, PhD, a behavioral scientist in CDC's National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, said in a statement that people who have already suffered from overdoses are statistically more likely to suffer from another.

"This is a very hard and fast-moving epidemic", she said. Jim Perri said he and his co-workers are also swamped with patients. "The fast-moving opioid overdose epidemic continues and is accelerating ..."

Furthermore, overdoses increased 40.3 percent in the West, 21.3 percent in the Northeast, 20.2 percent in the Southwest, as well as 14 percent in the Southeast.


The report calls on health departments to better inform its communities of these significant rates, as well as increase access to treatments and resources to overdose and addiction. Overdoses may have actually slightly decreased in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island. But, she later added, "whether we are seeing real, true persistent declines or they are statistic fluctuations, we just don't know yet".

"Up until now, we have been reporting on the tragic loss of life from overdoses, but for every fatal case, there are many more nonfatal cases, each one with its own emotional and economic toll", Schuchat said during a telebriefing on the report.

But the hospital does little more than ensure patients are medically stable before discharging them with referral phone numbers to rehab services, Moreno said.

Opioids were involved in two-thirds of all overdose deaths in 2016.

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