Opioid overdoses spiked 28 percent in OH past year, CDC says


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) sounded an alarm Tuesday over a troubling trend in IL - a dramatic rise in emergency room visits for suspected overdoses.

IL had a 66 percent increase in opioid overdoses from July 2016 through September 2017, while Missouri's rate increased by 21 percent, according to a Tuesday report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"We saw increases in every geographic region, increases in men and women, increases in all adult age groups", said Dr. Anne Schuchat, the acting director of the CDC.

Drawing on overdose data from 45 states between July 2016 and September 2017, CDC officials said ER visits for opioid overdoses rose in every region of the country, with the Midwest seeing the largest spike.

There were a few states in New England, as well as Kentucky, that showed decreases in ER visits related to opioid overdoses. In the first nine months of 2017, the state had 609 opioid deaths, a 5 percent decrease from the same period in 2016.

SCHUCHAT: The Midwestern region was most hard hit with an increase of 70 percent.

Analyzing emergency room data is a quicker way to track overdose trends; data from death certificates for the same period takes longer to compile.

The CDC reported that overdose rates were highest in Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Ohio, and Missouri.

Almost two thirds of drug overdose deaths in 2016 involved prescription opioids, illicit opioids, or both, an increase of 27.7 percent from 2015.

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Miller attributed the decline in opioid deaths "to increased awareness about the opioid crisis, as well as an increase in the use of naloxone to reverse opioid overdoses".

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

There's more bad news about the nation's devastating opioid epidemic.

"That gives us an opportunity to give them lifesaving Naloxone", she said. They're up an eye-popping 30 percent.

The opioid epidemic, which has been the source of innumerable headlines, studies, policy decisions, costs the US more than $500 billion per year, according to some estimates. It's not that more people are abusing drugs, it's the kind of drugs they're using.

Timely and coordinated response efforts can also better prevent more opioid overdoses in the community.

Other major outbreaks of overdoses included a 105 percent increase in DE, an 81 percent increase in Pennsylvania, and a 34 percent increase in Maine.

Increasing treatment services, medical support programs, and the medication-assisted treatment programs including methadone or other drugs would also potentially curb repeat overdose cases.