CDC report maps ongoing opioid epidemic in the USA

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Emergency department visits for opioid overdoses rose 30 percent in the US from July 2016 to September 2017, new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show.

According to the CDC, the number of people rushed to the hospital after an opioid overdose jumped 30 percent nationwide between July 2016 and September 2017.

"We have an emergency on our hands", acting CDC Director Anne Schuchat told NPR.

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However, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island are among states showing a decrease in such visits, according to the CDC data.

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".

"This fast-moving epidemic affects both men and women, and people of every age", Schuchat said.

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The greatest increases were noted in states in the Midwest region, including Wisconsin (109%), IL (66%), in (35%), OH (28%), and Missouri (21%). The state had more than 600 opioid deaths during the first nine months of 2017, a 5 percent decrease compared to that same period in 2016. But those increases varied dramatically from state to state, even within a region. Consistent with the program report, it indicates that the Midwest (70%) is the most burdened region.

Increases among the 3 observed age groups were very consistent: 31% in ages 25-34; 36% in ages 35-54; 32% in ages 55 or older.

For example, overdoses increased 105 percent in DE, compared with 80.6 percent in Pennsylvania and 34 percent in Maine. The response plan includes allowing emergency room doctors to start overdose survivors in medication. "Research shows that people who have had at least one overdose are more likely to have another". "Data on opioid overdoses treated in emergency departments can inform timely, strategic, and coordinated response efforts in the community as well".

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