The opioid epidemic in the US continues to worsen based on new data from the Centers for Disease Control.
Emergency department visits for opioid overdoses increased 31 percent in North Carolina from July 2016 through September 2017, according to a new study released Tuesday from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Opioid overdoses in the USA increased by more than 30% in a 14 month period, according to health officials. From data collected by the Enhanced State Opioid Overdose Surveillance program (45 million emergency department visits), opioid overdose visits increased almost 35 percent from 2016 to 2017.
The CDC also looked at data from the National Syndromic Surveillance Program BioSense platform which analyzes 45 states and found increases in all regions of the USA with the largest increase in the Midwest (70 percent).
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"We saw, tragically, that in each locale, in each age gathering of grown-ups, in the two men and ladies, overdoses from opioids are expanding", Schuchat says.
U.S. Surgeon General James Adams was also present during the briefing, and mentioned how he witnessed first-hand his own young brother's struggle with opioid addiction.
The CDC recently started using a new system to track ER overdoses and found the rate of opioid overdoses rose from 14 to 18 per 100,000 ER visits over a year.
Alert communities to rapid increases in overdoses seen in EDs and coordinate an informed and timely response.
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In 2016 the CDC reported 63,632 drug overdose deaths, a 21.4 percent increase from the year before. "The number of Americans experiencing opioid overdoses is still increasing". Dr. Schuchat emphasized, "Bottom line - no area of the U.S.is exempt from this epidemic". The nation has not taken the next steps needed to help people deal with either opioid addiction or chronic untreated pain.
The specialists additionally investigated 45 million crisis division visits that happened in 16 states amid a similar period, which included 119,198 speculated opioid overdoses. Miller said. "People seek alternative means to maintain their addiction or their high". Belated efforts to rein in distribution fueled a resurgence of heroin and the emergence of a deadly, black market version of the synthetic opioid fentanyl.
In the report, the CDC researchers recommended steps to better respond to drug addiction and overdose, including broader access to the overdose prevention drug naloxone (Narcan) and increased availability of treatment services.
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