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Opioid Overdose Rates Surge 30 Percent in the previous year

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Becky Salazar | 09 March, 2018, 09:52

The CDC report found the opioid-related emergency room visits rose an average 35 percent across 16 states between July 2016 and September 2017.

The CDC reported that overdose rates were highest in Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Ohio, and Missouri.

That investigation demonstrated a 34.5 percent expansion between similar periods in 2016 and 2017. He added that communities and the country should broaden their perspective to include looking at health care, education, economy and more, and in that process, may develop better ideas on how to stem early death. The largest increases in ER visits from opioid overdoses were seen in the West, Southwest and Midwest with 7 to 11 percent increases per quarter.

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. "It's going to take a comprehensive program to fix it", said Pennsylvania Rep.

"We're seeing the highest ever death rates in the U.S.", Schuchat said.

CDC officials say emergency rooms can be a critical point of contact to try to keep people in recovery after an overdose.

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.

STEIN: That's Anne Schuchat, the CDC's acting director.

The report said its findings "suggest a worsening of the epidemic into late 2017 in several states, possibly related to the wide variation in the availability and potency of illicit drug products (e.g., fentanyl sold as or mixed into heroin) that increase overdose risk and drive increases in mortality".

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.

Lynch says its plays out that way at all local ER's like ECMC, Millard Fillmore Suburban, and other hospitals covered by him and his colleagues at UB MD Emergency Medical group.

ANDREW KOLODNY: It is concerning that 15, 20 years into this epidemic, it is still getting worse. It's kind of like pointing to a burning building and saying, oh, there's a fire there; there's an emergency, and then not calling the fire department and watching it burn down. Adams said his brother has long struggled with addiction. Jessica Hulsey Nickel heads the Addiction Policy Forum.

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