Opioid overdoses kill nearly 5 people every hour in the US — CDC

Opioid overdoses kill nearly 5 people every hour in the US — CDC

Opioid overdoses kill nearly 5 people every hour in the US — CDC

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows emergency department visits for opioid overdoses rose a year ago.

Substantial increases in overdoses were seen nationwide, said the report released by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The next most afflicted region is the West (40%), followed by the Northeast (21%), Southwest (20%) and Southeast (14%).

In the Northeast, opioid overdose emergency room visits rose by 105 percent in DE and 81 percent in Pennsylvania.

"In every region, in every age group of adults, in both men and women, overdoses from opioids are increasing", CDC Acting Director Anne Schuchat told NPR.

The data also highlight the need to enhance mental health services, medication-assisted treatment for addiction and distribution of naloxone, the overdose-reversing drug, Schuchat said.

IL emergency rooms experienced a 66 percent jump in opioid overdose visits previous year, according to a new report that suggests the epidemic of heroin and prescription painkiller abuse continues to worsen in some states.

"Up until now, we have been reporting on the tragic loss of life from overdoses, but for every fatal case, there are many more nonfatal cases, each one with its own emotional and economic toll", Schuchat said during a telebriefing on the report.

Others say the key is integrating addiction treatment better into the health care system. "The number of Americans experiencing opioid overdoses is still increasing". "Having the right data available at the right time can help direct the right resources to the most impacted areas".

The report found there were more than 142,000 ER visits for suspected opioid overdoses between July 2016 and September 2017 in 45 states, which represented a 30 percent increase from the third quarter of 2016 to the third quarter of 2017. But some states, such as Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island showed a slight decrease. Kentucky, meanwhile, reported a statistically significant decrease (15%).

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