Published: Wed, March 07, 2018
Medicine | By Earnest Bishop

United States drug crisis deepens as opioid overdoses jump

United States drug crisis deepens as opioid overdoses jump

Kentucky saw the largest decrease of any state previous year in emergency room visits related to opioid overdoses.

Data from emergency departments (EDs) show that the US opioid overdose epidemic continues to worsen, according to the latest Vital Signs report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). A spokesperson says 115 people die each day across the country from opioid overdoses.

Of the 16 states hit hardest by the opioid epidemic, 10 saw significant increases in hospitalizations for overdoses.

That's partly because many overdoses occur away from hospitals.

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The report found there were more than 142,000 ER visits for suspected opioid overdoses between July 2016 and September 2017 in 45 states, which represented a 30 percent increase from the third quarter of 2016 to the third quarter of 2017. "But on top of that, the heroin and other illicit drug supply has gotten even more unsafe than it used to be", said Schuchat. The response plan includes allowing emergency room doctors to start overdose survivors in medication. "We know that prescribing patterns for opioids have been high in some rural areas", Schuchat said.

At Loretto Hospital in Chicago's Austin neighborhood, there has been a steady increase in opioid-related admissions over the past year, said Dr. Sandeep Mellacheruvu, director of behavioral health. While calling for increased funding for addiction treatment, Kolodny compares the Trump administration's labeling of the crisis as an emergency to a person pointing out a house on fire, "then not calling the fire department. It does not respect state or county lines and is still increasing in every region in the United States". In 16 states hard-hit by the opioid epidemic, ER visits from overdoses rose 35 percent during that time. Northeast states such as DE (105%), Pennsylvania (81%), and ME (34%) also reported significant increases, as well as Southeast state North Carolina (31%). But some states that historically have had the worst opioid problems, including West Virginia, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island, experienced small decreases in overdose visits.

The CDC also has compiled data via the National Syndromic Surveillance Program (NSSP) BioSense platform, which analyzes data from 52 jurisdictions in 45 states-covering more than 60% of ED visits in the US. In Kentucky, the CDC's analysis showed a 15 percent drop in overdoses.

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