Published: Thu, March 08, 2018
Health Care | By Alice Shelton

CDC: Increases in Opioid-Involved Overdoses in All Five US Regions

CDC: Increases in Opioid-Involved Overdoses in All Five US Regions

Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show the country as a whole had a 30-percent increase in emergency room visits for opioid overdoses from July 2016 through September 2017.

In the Midwest, Wisconsin saw a 109 percent jump in suspected opioid overdose visits.

The report found that from July 2016 to September 2017, a total of 142,557 emergency room visits were due to suspected opioid overdoses. But CNN reports the increases in emergency room overdoses in the West and Southwest weren't expected and "might foreshadow death trends to come", as one overdose increases a person's chance of a second.

The epidemic is a complicated one as opioids are used as both medical treatments and recreational drugs, and carry a high risk of addiction.

The data show that opioid overdoses increased for men and women, all age groups, and all regions, but varied by state, with differences also between rural and urban populations.

While there was no state-by-state breakdown of visits by the CDC, the Maine Hospital Association estimated that there were about 1,500 to 2,000 visits to Maine emergency departments for opioid overdoses in the year measured. This includes naloxone for first responders, and mental health programs and medication for patients with opioid use disorder. Timely treatment with naloxone can reverse the effects of opioids.

Oscars Reportedly Planning To Address Trump & Stormy Daniels Affair
Cohen reportedly lamented to those close to him about not being reimbursed right away following the payment to Daniels. Asked for comment on the report, Cohen replied, "Fake news", according to The Wall Street Journal .

Based on the report, some emergency departments could enhance prevention and treatment and improve efforts to connect patients with resources to help prevent future overdoses.

Rates of opioid overdoses in the ED decreased significantly by 15% in Kentucky.

That's partly because many overdoses occur away from hospitals.

"We think that the number of people addicted to opioids is relatively stable. However, there an increasing number of high quality studies that are demonstrating, for a number of conditions, injuries, and surgeries, a combination of ibuprofen or naproxen and acetaminophen is as effective or more effective than an opioid in reducing pain", Hull said.

Others say the key is integrating addiction treatment better into the health care system. "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.

Like this: