Published: Fri, March 09, 2018
Health Care | By Alice Shelton

80% increase in ER visits in Pennsylvania because of overdoses, CDC finds

80% increase in ER visits in Pennsylvania because of overdoses, CDC finds

Analyzing emergency room data is a quicker way to track overdose trends; data from death certificates for the same period takes longer to compile. Meanwhile, overdoses in large cities rose by 54 percent in 16 states, it added.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that in the past year opioid overdose rates increased across the United States by 30 percent overall, with a 70 percent increase in areas of the Midwest hard hit by the opioid crisis.

The hospital data is collected by the CDC's Enhanced State Opioid Overdose Surveillance program.

"Overall, ED visits for suspected opioid overdoses increased 35 percent in these 45 states hit hard by the epidemic", according to a press release.

Eight of those states included saw "substantial" overdose increases of at least 25%. It recorded 142,000 overdoses in United States hospital emergency departments between July 2016 and September 2017.

In fact, according to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it's getting worse. We asked him if he saw fentanyl and well as heroin.

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.

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The CDC reported that overdose rates were highest in Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Ohio, and Missouri.

"The increases occurred in most demographic groups and USA regions and suggest a worsening of the epidemic into late 2017 in several states, possibly related to the wide variation in the availability and potency of illicit drug products", the report said. Researchers said overdose rates in that system increased about 30% in all regions and most states.

Every state in the Midwest region experienced large increases: Wisconsin (109 percent), IL (66 percent), in (35 percent), OH (28 percent) and Missouri (21 percent).

2 On Your Side reached out to the CDC for more clarification on what has been reported in such cases here in NY state.

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ROB STEIN, BYLINE: Americans have been struggling with the opioid epidemic for years now, so you'd think things might be finally starting to get better. "Increases in opioid overdoses varied by region and urbanization level, indicating a need for localized responses". And just last week, he held a high-profile summit on the epidemic at the White House.

"The science is clear - addiction is a chronic disease and not a moral failing", he said.

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