Published: Fri, March 09, 2018
Medical | By Jackie Banks

Opioid overdoses increasing in US

Opioid overdoses increasing in US

"I meet with those on the frontlines of this opioid crisis in OH regularly", said a statement from Portman.

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

In the face of the glaring data for Pennsylvania and similarly embattled states, the CDC provided some recommendations for how to coordinate responses to opioid overdoses. That 90-day emergency declaration was renewed at the end of January - but made no additional funding available to institute program, according to accounts.

A key point from the CDC is that the epidemic has shifted into a new phase.

Now, their fast tracking method has revealed that the crisis is far from over. Additionally, emergency departments can develop post opioid-overdose protocol, health care providers can assess a patient's drug history and only prescribe opioids when the benefits outweigh the risks, and all people can better educate themselves on opioids and the current crisis surrounding their misuse.

But the rates varied between regions and states.

A report out Tuesday says the jump took place between July 2016 and September 2017.

Some decreases were seen in five states, with Kentucky experiencing the most significant decrease of 15 percent.

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In Baton Rouge, overdose death rates also grew from 2016 to 2017.

The CDC also used a second data set, the National Syndromic Surveillance Program (NSSP), which covers 60% of emergency departments in 45 states, to look at regional changes.

Overdoses increased in all five regions of the USA, and in every demographic.

Major metropolitan areas shouldered the brunt of overdose spikes: Large cities in the 16 states surveyed saw a 54 percent increase in ER visits. The largest increases were in Wisconsin (109 percent) and DE (104 percent).

And that 30 percent figure is just an average; the Midwest saw an increase of closer to 70 percent.

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

The rate of opioid overdoses increased on average by 5.6 percent throughout the year, across all demographic groups and all five USA regions.

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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