Tuesday, 19 June, 2018

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

ER visits for opioid overdoses increased in the majority of the 16 states that have been worst affected by the addiction epidemic the CDC's latest data reveals Opioid crisis continues to expand rapidly, emergency-room numbers show
Carol Daniels | 07 March, 2018, 11:43

According to the report, overdoses across many demographics have been on the rise since July 2016, with a 30 percent overdose increase among men, 24 percent increase among women, 36 percent increase in people between ages 35-54 and an especially high increase in overdoses in Midwestern states, at 70 percent.

Some states surveyed did see decreases in ER visits: Overdose visits in Kentucky - among the hardest-hit states in the opioid epidemic - dropped 15 percent. A few sections of the nation experienced far more noteworthy increments than others while a couple of detailed decays, the examination appears.

In a media briefing on Tuesday, CDC Acting Director Anne Schuchat, M.D., said the U.S.is seeing the highest drug overdose death rate ever recorded in the country. "The quick moving opioid overdose epidemic proceeds and is quickening".

Opioid overdoses in the U.S. increased by more than 30% in a 14 month period, according to health officials. The jump was driven in part by a 109 percent increase in Wisconsin.

Nationally, ER visits for suspected opioid overdoses went up for all regions, all age groups, men and women. "So they turn to more lethal means - fentanyl, carfentanyl, heroin - and those typically are leading them to overdose". "It may be much more awful", Schuchat says.

The report didn't specify why overdoses vary across the country.

Nearly 100 people are dying every day across America from opioid overdoses - more than auto crashes and shootings combined. In the USA in 2016, illicit and prescription drug overdoses killed 64,000 people. "But the substances are more risky than five years ago", Schuchat says.

But when a person dies and a drug overdose is suspected, medical examiners and coroners launch investigations that sometimes take weeks, if not months, to complete.

The supply of those more unsafe drugs is increasing faster in some parts of the country than in others, which may help explain the geographic variations, Schuchat says.

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Though there's a lot of work ahead, leaders said they'll continue to fight the epidemic.

The Trump administration launched an opioid commission past year, which produced 56 recommendations for how the nation can move forward in addressing this epidemic. "The quantity of Americans encountering opioid overdoses is as yet expanding".

The US opioid crisis claimed 63,600 lives in 2016, the National Center for Health Statistics has previously said.

"It's kind of like pointing to a burning building and saying, 'Oh, there's a fire there". "There's been a lot of talk from Congress and from the administration and a recognition that we need to do something about this problem". For instance, crisis room staff require better preparing to ensure addicts get follow-up enslavement treatment, says Jessica Hulsey Nickel, president and CEO of the Addiction Policy Forum.

"We can utilize this close passing background - utilize it as minute to change such individual's reality", Nickel says.

But Delaware, Illinois, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin all saw increases of 50 percent or more in opioid overdose emergency visits.

The specialists additionally investigated 45 million crisis division visits that happened in 16 states amid a similar period, which included 119,198 speculated opioid overdoses.

That analysisshowed a 34.5 percent increase between the same periods in 2016 and 2017.

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