IL sees steep increase in opioid ER visits

09 March, 2018, 09:48 | Author: Lynne Higgins
  • Opioid crisis: overdoses increased by a third across US in 14 months, says CDC

Comparing the third quarter of 2016 to the third quarter of 2017, researchers found a 29.7 percent jump in ER visits due to opioids.

Although not all overdoses in the study were fatal, they are part of the grim toll opioids have taken.

"We think that the number of people addicted to opioids is relatively stable".

"This fast-moving epidemic does not distinguish age, sex or state or county lines, and it's still increasing in every region of the United States", she said during a media briefing on Tuesday. 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. Schuchat later added: "The infrastructure to fully tackle this problem is fragile".

The Vital Signs report was published online March 6 in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

Some decreases were seen in five states, with Kentucky experiencing the most significant decrease of 15 percent.

The Midwest experienced a 70 percent increase over that time, a spike that was driven by rises in Wisconsin of 109 percent, IL at 66 percent, and in at 35 percent. There was a 32 percent increase among those 55 and older.

In Baton Rouge, overdose death rates also grew from 2016 to 2017.

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Emergency rooms saw a big jump in overdoses from opioids past year - the latest evidence the nation's drug crisis is getting worse.

The CDC defines opioids as prescription pain medications, heroin, and illicitly manufactured fentanyl, a synthetic opioid pain reliever. "More Americans are dying each day from opioid overdoses, in every community across the nation".

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Only two states in the country saw a more dramatic rise. They said it was unclear if decreases were persistent or anomalies.

The programs software collects data on more than 60 percent of all emergency room visits across the USA in 45 states.

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). Time after time addicts are essentially resuscitated and sent home without follow-up mind, just to overdose once more, she says. And just last week, he held a high-profile summit on the epidemic at the White House. Others say one key could be training emergency room doctors and nurses to make sure addicts get help to break their addiction.

For example, the Trump administration has approved work requirements for Medicaid coverage in Arkansas, Kentucky and Indiana.

Some changes to health programs, especially the public health insurance program for the poor, Medicaid, may be counterproductive to treating people addicted to opioids.

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