Opioid overdoses sending more people to ERs, especially in Pennsylvania, Delaware

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New CDC numbers released today showed that opioid overdoses increased a staggering 30 percent from July 2016 through September 2017.

The most recent information could disparage the overdoses, since numerous individuals who overdose never wind up in the crisis room.

To curb the crisis, officials said communities would need more naloxone (which reverses overdoses); better access to mental health services and medication-assisted addiction treatment; harm reduction programs to screen for injection-drug associated diseases such as HIV and hepatitis C; and for physicians to use prescription monitoring services.

Major metropolitan areas shouldered the brunt of overdose spikes: Large cities in the 16 states surveyed saw a 54 percent increase in ER visits.

"As medical professionals are becoming more aware of the potential for a patient to have an opioid overdose, the number of suspected cases will increase", she said.

The data did not reveal what types of drugs or drug combinations led to these suspected opioid overdoses, Schuchat said. "It does not respect state or county lines and is still increasing in every region in the United States".

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Health officials have been playing catch-up with the opioid epidemic all along, leaving many questioning how we got to the crisis point we've reached. In the first nine months of 2017, the state had 609 opioid deaths, a 5 percent decrease from the same period in 2016.

Opioid overdoses in the USA increased by more than 30% in a 14 month period, according to health officials.

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".

Other major outbreaks of overdoses included a 105 percent increase in DE, an 81 percent increase in Pennsylvania, and a 34 percent increase in Maine.

The report compiled from emergency departments in 45 states found overdoses rose 109 percent in Wisconsin, 66 percent in IL, 35 percent in IN, 28 percent in OH and 21 percent in Missouri.

STEIN: That's right. She said overdoses spiked 70 percent in Midwestern states like Illinois, Indiana and Ohio.

The study comes just a week after the White House held a week-long opioid summit.

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