PA opioid overdose emergency room visits spiked 81 percent

Opioid overdoses seen in hospital emergency rooms are way up. Timely treatment with naloxone can reverse the effects of opioids

The opioid crisis seemed to be worsening most quickly in Wisconsin, where 109 percent more people went to the emergency room for an overdose in September 2017 than did in July 2016.

Schuchat called the report "very, very concerning" and said it served as a "wake-up call about the need to improve what happens when a patient leaves the emergency department".

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. There were 45 heroin-related deaths and 66 overdoses from opioids.

The most recent information could disparage the overdoses, since numerous individuals who overdose never wind up in the crisis room.

According to Politifact, more than 64,000 people died in the United States in 2016 from drug overdoses - the majority of which were linked to opioids such as oxycodone, fentanyl and heroin.

In states where the opioid crisis has been especially prevalent, backlogs have emerged. "We don't have to wait until it's too late", she said at a press briefing. "The quantity of Americans encountering opioid overdoses is as yet expanding".

Health departments also can notify communities about emerging spikes in emergency department overdoses so that public health and public safety resources can be better coordinated to respond when help is needed most.

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"And, so we think there probably is not an increase in people using drugs, but there is an increase in the danger associated with a single use", Schuchat said.

"I never imagined that overdose deaths would exceed vehicle accidents, gun violence - it's become the number one cause of accidental death", Aks said. Because research shows that having one overdose is a good predictor of having another, the data presents an opportunity for targeting prevention efforts-like giving overdose reversal drug naloxone to family members and guiding the overdose victim to treatment-say CDC researchers in an accompanying commentary.

Increasing availability of and access to treatment services for opioid users, including mental health services and medication-assisted treatment like methadone clinics.

"Incrementalism is insufficient", he said. "This is not just health care", he said. "It is anxious that 20 years into this epidemic, it is as yet deteriorating".

Last year, President Trump declared the U.S. opioid crisis as a "national public health emergency" - although USA media outlets reported that the declaration fell short of a full national emergency and the funding that would come with it.

"We imagine that the quantity of people dependent on opioids is generally steady".


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