CDC Head on Opioid Report: 'This Is a Wake-Up Call'

CDC Head on Opioid Report: 'This Is a Wake-Up Call'

CDC Head on Opioid Report: 'This Is a Wake-Up Call'

The report found that from July 2016 to September 2017, a total of 142,557 emergency room visits were due to suspected opioid overdoses. In 16 states hard-hit by the opioid epidemic, ER visits from overdoses rose 35 percent during that time. The exact number was not released. The continued increase in overdoses amid a coordinated effort to bring down opioid deaths is a troubling sign of the stubborn stranglehold of addiction.

"The increases in overdoses were seen in adults of all age groups". Emergency room overdoses also jumped 40% in the West, 21% in the Northeast-tied to increases of 105% in DE and 81% in Pennsylvania-20% in the Southwest, and 14% in the Southeast. Pennsylvania also is expanding a "warm-handoff" program that strives to steer overdose survivors into treatment.

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 rates of suspected opioid overdoses rose by 5% each quarter on average.

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the nation is in the grip of a fast-moving epidemic for which there are no easy solutions. But some states, such as Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island showed a slight decrease.

Increases in other states across the nation are even more alarming - Wisconsin up 108 percent, Pennsylvania 80 percent, DE nearly 105 percent in suspected overdoses. Many more people come in with infections, withdrawal symptoms and complications from missing routine appointments like dialysis because they were busy getting high, he said. That would involve training hospital physicians to administer the first dose of medications that reduce patients' opioid withdrawal symptoms so that they aren't sent out into the city without any defense against the itch for their next fix.

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