Overdoses in PA emergency rooms nearly doubled, according to CDC report

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The most recent report from the CDC's Enhanced State Opioid Overdose Surveillance (ESOOS) Program stated that, from July 2016 through September 2017, opioid overdoses have increased 35% in the program's 16 participating states.

Overdoses in Pennsylvania emergency rooms almost doubled from 2016 to 2017, making it one of the hardest hit states in the opioid crisis, according to a Tuesday report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Statewide data was not available for the other New England states - Vermont and CT.

After the Midwest, where opioid overdose visits rose an average of 70 percent, the largest regional increase was in the West, where the rise was 40 percent. In 16 states there were 119,198 emergency department visits (26.7 per 10,000 visits) that were suspected opioid-involved overdoses. North Carolina saw a 31 percent spike during the same time period. The data is not yet available for the entire nation. The highest increases in rates were seen in large central metropolitan areas.

Schuchat cautioned the CDC data could be a low-end estimate, as some drug users may avoid going to an emergency department when they overdose.

Overdoses from opioids have increased by 30 per cent across the USA in eighteen months, prompting experts to warn that the epidemic of addiction that has already claimed tens of thousands of lives is getting worse.

"Research shows that people who have had an overdose are more likely to have another".

Increase availability of and access to treatment services, including mental health services and medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder.

URL destination="https://specialprojects.pressherald.com/lost/" Meanwhile, the opioid crisis continues to worsen in Maine.

"Yep", he said. "We see a little of everything".

Dr. Nirav D. Shah, director of the Illinois Department of Public Health, said the rise in overdoses in the state is not unexpected given the upsurge in fentanyl-laced heroin across the state. But the substances are more risky than five years ago. Kentucky, meanwhile, reported a statistically significant decrease (15%).

"It's widespread in the community now in a way that it never was before", Southall said.

Emergency departments at SSM Health St. Mary's in both Madison and Sun Prairie started a program where people who overdose are encouraged to seek drug treatment. Timely treatment with naloxone can reverse the effects of opioids.

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