CDC: Opioid overdoses jump 30% across US

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Overdoses increased in nearly every state, with the Midwest seeing a particularly steep 70 percent rise between July 2016 and September 2017.

Tuesday, the CDC released a new report saying hospital emergency departments saw a 30 percent spike in opioid overdoses between July of 2016 and September of 2017.

Schuchat said the United States is now seeing its highest drug overdose death rates ever. "It does not respect state or county lines and is still increasing in every region in the United States".

"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.

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).

The agency also released specific data for 16 states that are among the hardest hit by the opioid crisis and get extra funding to report overdose data more quickly. More than 63,000 drug overdose deaths occurred in the country during 2016, and more than 40,000 of those involved opioids.

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Naloxone can reverse the effects of opioid overdoses and save lives in emergency situations if administered in time, but "it's a tourniquet", said Dr. Jay Butler, chief medical officer and director of public health at the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services. In Wisconsin and DE, the rate of visits more than doubled. Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island reported smaller decreases. We asked him if he saw fentanyl and well as heroin.

It was also determined that people who have suffered opioid overdoses in the past are more prone to suffering one in the future as well. "Increases in opioid overdoses varied by region and urbanization level, indicating a need for localized responses". In Wisconsin, overdoses are up a 109 percent.

The supply of those progressively perilous medications is expanding speedier in a few sections of the nation than in others, which may help clarify the geographic varieties, Schuchat says. Andrew Kolodny is an addiction policy expert at Brandeis University.

"With the attention this has been getting, it's very disappointing we are seeing these increases".

The study comes just a week after the White House held a week-long opioid summit. The surgeon general, Jerome Adams, said: "Addiction is a chronic disease, and not a moral failing".

STEIN: Too often, she says, addicts are simply revived and sent home only to overdose again.

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