Opioid overdoses kill nearly 5 people every hour in the US — CDC

Emergency room visits for opioid overdoses up 31% in NC, says new CDC report

The report compiled from emergency departments in 45 states found overdoses rose 109 percent in Wisconsin, 66 percent in IL, 35 percent in IN, 28 percent in OH and 21 percent in Missouri.

"The potency and toxicity of what's on the street is very high right now", said Schuchat. In the first nine months of 2017, the state had 609 opioid deaths, a 5 percent decrease from the same period in 2016.

People who have had an opioid overdose are more likely to have another.

The reasons for these increases are unclear, but officials say it may have to do with changes in the drug supply, including the availability of newer, highly toxic illegal opioids such as fentanyl, which has been spreading rapidly in recent years.

In spite of the fact that the Trump organization as of late announced the epidemic to be a crisis, a noteworthy increment in subsidizing is direly expected to treat Americans dependent on opioids.

The CDC said tracking hospital visits was more comprehensive than counting overdose related deaths. "We don't have to wait until it's too late", she said at a press briefing.

So how can emergency departments respond to rising overdoses? For example, emergency room staff need better training to make sure people with substance-use disorder get follow-up addiction treatment, says Jessica Hulsey Nickel, president and chief executive officer of the Addiction Policy Forum.

SCHUCHAT: The fast-moving opioid overdose epidemic continues and is accelerating.

Public health experts have asserted that the naloxone - an overdose-reversing drug - and access to counseling and medically-assisted addiction therapies (MAT) may be the greatest weapons against the opioid epidemic, but that the government has been slow to embrace them.

When someone is seen by medical professionals in the emergency department, "we are presented with an opportunity of preventing another overdose", Schuchat said Tuesday.

"I never imagined that overdose deaths would exceed vehicle accidents, gun violence - it's become the number one cause of accidental death", Aks said.

In the face of the glaring data for Pennsylvania and similarly embattled states, the CDC provided some recommendations for how to coordinate responses to opioid overdoses. "It is concerning that 20 years into this epidemic, it is still getting worse".

Last year, President Trump declared the United States 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're about at capacity now and we're seeing a lot of younger people addicted to opioids", said Travis Hall, Executive Director.

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