Published: Thu, March 08, 2018
Medical | By Jackie Banks

Illinois Sees Steep Increase In Opioid ER Visits

Illinois Sees Steep Increase In Opioid ER Visits

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the nation is in the grip of a fast-moving epidemic for which there are no easy solutions.

Overdoses increased by almost 30 percent between July 2016 and September 2017, which works out to around 142,557 emergency visits.

That survey showed an increase of 29.7 percent in 52 jurisdictions in 45 states between July through September 2016 and the same period in 2017, according to the report.

That rate of increase was the third highest in the country, behind only Wisconsin, where overdose cases went up 109 percent, and DE, where they went up 105 percent.

The overall increase in opioid overdoses seen in hospital emergency rooms between the third quarter of 2016 and the third quarter of 2017 occurred across the nation. Visits rose 35 percent in IN, 28 percent in OH and 21 percent in Missouri. An ER visit also is a time when people can get help before their drug use kills them.

"Yep", he said. "We see a little of everything".

Eight states from three US regions reporting substantial increases-25 percent or greater-in the rate of opioid overdose ED visits. We asked him if he saw Fentanyl and well as heroin. But it could also be a statistical anomaly since that data was collected from just 16 states.

"We have an emergency on our hands", says acting CDC Director Anne Schuchat.

Increase naloxone distribution (an overdose-reversing drug) to first responders, family and friends, and other community members in affected areas, as policies permit.

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At Loretto Hospital in Chicago's Austin neighborhood, there has been a steady increase in opioid-related admissions over the past year, said Dr. Sandeep Mellacheruvu, director of behavioral health.

Loretto is expanding its program to include medication-assisted treatment, Mellacheruvu said. "Closer coordination between public health and public safety can serve to address changes in the illicit opioid supply and use of illicit opioids, which affects overdose rates", she continued.

The crisis is gripping Illinois' urban and suburban communities alike.

United States Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams said his family has been affected by the opioid crisis.

According to the CDC, 40 percent of all U.S. opioid overdose deaths involve a prescription opioid.

"It's the scariest thing I've ever seen in my career", Eiseman said.

StateImpact's Jackie Fortier reports on new data about drug overdose deaths.

The opioid epidemic in America seems to be getting worse with each passing year. Overdoses in the Southeast rose at the slowest rate, increasing by 14 percent. Other states in the Eastern region, such as Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island, showed nonsignificant decreases of less than 10%. Emergency room overdoses also jumped 40% in the West, 21% in the Northeast-tied to increases of 105% in DE and 81% in Pennsylvania-20% in the Southwest, and 14% in the Southeast. However, Schuchat noted that these drops are likely insignificant because those states previously saw high rates of overdose.

"We hope that it's a positive sign that will persist", she said. "But the substances are more risky than five years ago", Schuchat said. Overdose visits alone don't capture the severity of the problem.

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