Overdoses from Opioids jumped by about 30 percent, CDC says

Posted March 07, 2018

IL is one of the hardest hit states, with a almost 66 percent increase in suspected opioid overdose visits to the emergency room past year.

All regions included in the study experienced increases in overdose rates, Alana Vivolo-Kantor, of the CDC's National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, and colleagues reported.

TUESDAY, March 6, 2018 America's opioid epidemic is escalating at breakneck speed, with tens of thousands of overdose victims spilling into the nation's emergency rooms seeking lifesaving treatment, a new government report shows.

The analysis was based on about 91 million emergency room visits that occurred between July 2016 and September 2017, including 142,557 visits that were suspected opioid overdoses.

The rate of opioid overdoses increased on average by 5.6 percent throughout the year, across all demographic groups and all five USA regions.

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Opioid overdoses in the United States increased by more than 30% in a 14 month period, according to health officials. The increase - up 81 percent from 2016 - measured as the third largest in the U.S.

According to Politifact, more than 64,000 people died in the USA in 2016 from drug overdoses - the majority of which were linked to opioids such as oxycodone, fentanyl and heroin.

Nearly 100 people are dying every day across America from opioid overdoses - more than auto crashes and shootings combined.

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"We're actually trying to assess them for a chronic addiction, and then making any interventions that might help with the right person if they're willing to change", Shearer says. Substantial increases in overdose rates cut across all categories, including men (30 percent) and women (24 percent), and people aged 25 to 34 (31 percent), 35 to 54 (36 percent), and 55 or older (32 percent). She called ERs "essential hubs" in the fight against the opioid epidemic, and said the CDC recommends that emergency departments institute "warm handoffs", a practice in increasing use in the region, where people in addiction can be sent directly to treatment from the ER after an overdose.

U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams told reporters Tuesday that President Donald Trump's administration is trying to decrease supply of and demand for opioids, and reduce the stigma of addiction.

Overdoses increased in all five regions of the USA, and in every demographic.

According to the CDC, overdoses kill about five people every hour across the USA with the victims totalling 5,400 more in 2016 then the soldiers who died during the entire Vietnam war.

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