ED opioid overdoses rise 30% — CDC

Emergency admissions to hospital for opioid overdoses rose in every part of the country from March 2016 to September 2017, according to figures released by the Centres for Disease Control (CDC). "We saw, sadly, that in every region, in every age group of adults, in both men and women, overdoses from opioids are increasing".

However, 63,632 people died of drug overdose deaths in 2016 in the United States, a 21.4 percent increase from 2015, the CDC said.

The report found that urban centers saw a greater increase in overdose visits than rural areas, which have traditionally been seen as the hardest hit by the nation's opioid epidemic.

The greatest increases were noted in states in the Midwest region, including Wisconsin (109%), IL (66%), in (35%), OH (28%), and Missouri (21%).

A recent report from Massachusetts Health Department shows an estimated 8.3 percent decline in opioid-related deaths in 2017 from the previous year.

The researchers also analyzed 45 million emergency department visits that occurred in 16 states during the same period, which included 119,198 suspected opioid overdoses. Consistent with the program report, it indicates that the Midwest (70%) is the most burdened region.

The rate rose most in the Midwest - 70 percent, including a 65 percent hike in IL. They can serve as important links for follow up for opioid use disorder. Emergency room overdoses also jumped 40% in the West, 21% in the Northeast-tied to increases of 105% in DE and 81% in Pennsylvania-20% in the Southwest, and 14% in the Southeast. "Data on opioid overdoses treated in emergency departments can inform timely, strategic, and coordinated response efforts in the community as well".

According to the CDC, overdoses kill about five people every hour across the USA with the victims totaling 5,400 more in 2016 then the soldiers who died during the entire Vietnam war.

  • Sylvester Abbott