Opioid overdoes in USA increased by 30% in only 14 months

Opioid overdoses seen in hospital emergency rooms are way up. Timely treatment with naloxone can reverse the effects of opioids

Opioid overdoes in USA increased by 30% in only 14 months

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.

The study was conducted using data from hospitals in 16 different states including North Carolina, which reported a 31 percent increase.

"Generally as a country, we are as yet neglecting to sufficiently react to the opioid enslavement epidemic", says Dr. Andrew Kolodny, co-executive of opioid arrangement inquire about at Brandeis University.

Schuchat called the report "very, very concerning" and said it served as a "wake-up call about the need to improve what happens when a patient leaves the emergency department".

SCHUCHAT: We saw sadly that in every region, in every age group of adults, in both men and women, overdoses from opioids are increasing.

Although not all overdoses in the study were fatal, they are part of the grim toll opioids have taken.

Jennifer Miller, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Health Services, said many suspected opioid overdoses in ERs don't become confirmed cases.

The states with the largest increases in overdose-related visits during the period were Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, and Missouri.

In Kentucky, a state hit hard by the opioid epidemic, emergency department visits for overdoses decreased by 15 percent over the study period.

West Virginia saw a 5.3 percent decrease.

Pharmacies in the state dispensed 4.1 million opioid prescriptions in 2017, down 20 percent from 5.1 million in 2015, according a report last week from the Controlled Substances Board. Emergency cases in DE rose by 105 percent. Researchers were surprised to find large increases in overdose rates within just 12 recent months.

Emergency room visits for opioid overdoses are skyrocketing across the country.

The rate of such ER visits rose 105 percent in DE and 81 percent in Pennsylvania.

In spite of the fact that the Trump organization as of late announced the epidemic to be a crisis, a noteworthy increment in subsidizing is direly expected to treat Americans dependent on opioids.

According to the report, overdoses across many demographics have been on the rise since July 2016, with a 30 percent overdose increase among men, 24 percent increase among women, 36 percent increase in people between ages 35-54 and an especially high increase in overdoses in Midwestern states, at 70 percent. Dr. Schuchat emphasized, "Bottom line - no area of the U.S.is exempt from this epidemic". Others say one key could be training emergency room doctors and nurses to make sure addicts get help to break their addiction.

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