CDC Head on Opioid Report: 'This Is a Wake-Up Call'

CDC Head on Opioid Report: 'This Is a Wake-Up Call'

According to a report published by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the nation's hospitalization rate directly linked to opioid misuse has risen about 30 percent, which is an alarming figure bar none. "It does not respect state or county lines and is still increasing in every region in the United States." said CDC Acting Director Dr. Anne Schuchat in a statement.

That's not to say they're the sole region affected by the opioid epidemic. "This data sends a wake up call about the need to improve what happens when patients leave the emergency department".

Research shows people who have overdosed once are likely to do so again, making the ER a gateway for connecting people with treatment, Schuchat said.

"Seeing frequent overdoses, especially in young patients, can take an emotional toll", Sharp said. The Midwest saw the most dramatic increase - about 70 percent.

Opioid overdoses experienced another dramatic spike over the past year across every region of the country, according to a report from federal health officials.

Emergency department visits jumped 35 percent for the 16 states where overdose visits were tracked by CDC researchers.

They found that during the study period, opioid overdoses were suspected in 142,557 ED visits, or 15.7 per 10,000 visits, from 52 jurisdictions in 45 states.

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Emergency department visits for suspected opioid overdoses increased by 34 percent in ME from 2016 to 2017, during a time when drug overdose deaths in the state reached an all-time high.

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

Most of Wisconsin's increase came in late 2016 and early 2017, with the trend slowing last spring and summer.

A few of the 16 states saw a decrease in ER overdose cases.

The regions particularly hit hard were Wisconsin (108.6 percent), DE (105 percent), Pennsylvania (80.6 percent), and IL (65.5 percent). Overdoses may have actually slightly decreased in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island.

/URL Gordon Smith, executive vice president of the Maine Medical Association, which represents doctors before the Legislature, said emergency department usage is yet another sign that Maine's response to the opioid crisis has been tepid.

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