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Hospital visits for opioid overdoses rose 30 percent nationwide — CDC report

Hospital visits for opioid overdoses rose 30 percent nationwide — CDC report

Emergency admissions to hospital for opioid overdoses rose in every part of the country from March 2016 to September 2017, according to figures released by the Centres for Disease Control (CDC).

The increase was worst in the Midwest and in large metropolitan areas. Northeast states such as DE (105%), Pennsylvania (81%), and ME (34%) also reported significant increases, as well as Southeast state North Carolina (31%).

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

However, the CDC says it's seeing its highest-ever opioid-related death rates. We asked him if he saw Fentanyl and well as heroin.

Among the solutions is increasing access to medication-assisted treatment, which combines behavioral therapy with medication to reduce withdrawal symptoms, Shah said.

Dr. Aaron Weiner is the director of addiction services at Linden Oaks Behavioral Health. Pennsylvania also is expanding a "warm-handoff" program that strives to steer overdose survivors into treatment.

The crisis is gripping Illinois' urban and suburban communities alike.

"This fast-moving epidemic affects both men and women, and people of every age", Schuchat said. Per quarter, this rate increased on average by 5.6%.

"It's the scariest thing I've ever seen in my career", Eiseman said.

The objective is to better understand, and improve the response to, the crisis that has made drug overdoses the leading cause of death for Americans under 50.

Furthermore, overdoses increased 40.3 percent in the West, 21.3 percent in the Northeast, 20.2 percent in the Southwest, as well as 14 percent in the Southeast. Wisconsin had more than 3,400 ER visits for suspected opioid overdoses during the period studied.

For example, overdoses increased 105 percent in DE, compared with 80.6 percent in Pennsylvania and 34 percent in Maine. But, she later added, "whether we are seeing real, true persistent declines or they are statistic fluctuations, we just don't know yet".

"As medical professionals are becoming more aware of the potential for a patient to have an opioid overdose, the number of suspected cases will increase", she said.

Opioids were involved in two-thirds of all overdose deaths in 2016.

"There's a lot more we can do", he said.


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