Opioid Overdoses Up 30 Percent Last Year: CDC

Opioid crisis: overdoses increased by a third across US in 14 months, says CDC

Opioid crisis: overdoses increased by a third across US in 14 months, says CDC

The overall increase in opioid overdoses seen in hospital emergency rooms between the third quarter of 2016 and the third quarter of 2017 occurred across the nation.

Overdose rates showed a significant increase across all areas.

Emergency room visits for suspected opioid overdoses spiked 30 percent nationwide from July 2016 through September 2017 with the most severe problems experienced in the Midwest, according to a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report released Tuesday.

The 142,557 emergency visits in 45 states marked a almost 30 percent increase between July 2016 and September 2017, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Tuesday. Substantial increases in overdose rates cut across all categories, including men (30 percent) and women (24 percent), and people aged 25 to 34 (31 percent), 35 to 54 (36 percent), and 55 or older (32 percent). The report analyzed overdoses from emergency department visits in the across 52 jurisdictions in 45 states from July 2016 through September 2017.

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"With continued increases in opioid overdoses, availability of timely data are important to inform actions taken by emergency departments and public health practitioners", the report concluded.

"I often don't know if it's heroin, methadone or fentanyl they've overdosed on". Overdoses expanded 40.3 percent in the West, 21.3 percent in the Northeast, 20.2 percent in the Southwest, and 14 percent in the Southeast.

"All five regions of the USA saw significant increases during this time period", said Anne Schuchat, MD, acting CDC director, in a CDC tele-briefing Tuesday.

The CDC also looked at data from the National Syndromic Surveillance Program BioSense platform which analyzes 45 states and found increases in all regions of the US with the largest increase in the Midwest (70 percent). And researchers there estimate 63,000 people died after they overdosed on drugs in 2016.

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"We're seeing the highest ever death rates in the U.S.", Schuchat said.

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.

While overdoses increased across the country, some regions were hit harder than others.

The study comes just a week after the White House held a week-long opioid summit.

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

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