CDC Reports Sharp Increase in Opioid Overdoses Emergency Room Visits

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A report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds DE hospitals have seen a more than 100 percent increase in suspected opioid overdoses.

But Delaware, Illinois, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin all saw increases of 50 percent or more in opioid overdose emergency visits.

"Long before we receive data from death certificates, emergency department data can point to alarming increases in opioid overdoses", Schuchat said in a press release Tuesday.

"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.

The rate varied by state, with rural/urban differences, with eight states reporting increases of 25% or greater in the rate of opioid overdose ED visits.

That study demonstrated an expansion of 29.7 percent in 52 wards in 45 states between July through September of 2016 and a similar period in 2017, as per the report.

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It shows overdoses increased in both men and women of all ages and in both urban and rural areas.

The Midwest has been the hardest hit, with an overall 70 percent increase in overdose treatment rates in emergency rooms, the data showed.

Beforehand the office took a gander at death from opioids, which fall behind reports from crisis rooms.

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

Almost two thirds of drug overdose deaths in 2016 involved prescription opioids, illicit opioids, or both, an increase of 27.7 percent from 2015.

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Schuchat said she is cautiously optimistic that strategies implemented in these states to combat opioid addiction may be working. They're up an eye-popping 30 percent.

The CDC recommends a better response to drug addiction and overdose to fight the issue, including broader access to the overdose prevention drug narcan. In the USA in 2016, illicit and prescription drug overdoses killed 64,000 people.

The opioid epidemic, which has been the source of innumerable headlines, studies, policy decisions, costs the US more than $500 billion per year, according to some estimates.

Other major outbreaks of overdoses included a 105 percent increase in DE, an 81 percent increase in Pennsylvania, and a 34 percent increase in Maine.

It was also determined that people who have suffered opioid overdoses in the past are more prone to suffering one in the future as well.

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