ER visits for opioid overdoses soar in Wisconsin

ER visits for opioid overdoses increased in the majority of the 16 states that have been worst affected by the addiction epidemic the CDC's latest data reveals

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And those visits - viewed as a harbinger of overdose death rates - are growing particularly quickly in Pennsylvania and Delaware.

'It does not respect state or county lines and is still increasing in every region in the United States, ' she added.

From July 2016 through September 2017, opioid overdoes "increased for men and women, all age groups, and all regions".

In states where the opioid crisis has been especially prevalent, backlogs have emerged.

The agency also released specific data for 16 states that are among the hardest hit by the opioid crisis and get extra funding to report overdose data more quickly. Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Delaware and IL reported an uptick of 50 percent or more, the report said. In Wisconsin, visits spiked 107 percent between July 2016 and September 2017, compared with 105 percent in DE, and 81 percent in Pennsylvania, with by far the largest population of the three.

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STEIN: That's right. She said overdoses spiked 70 percent in Midwestern states like Illinois, Indiana and Ohio.

The "amount of prescription #opioids prescribed was approximately three times as high in 2015 as it was in 1999 - enough for every American to be medicated around the clock for 3 weeks", acting CDC Director Anne Schuchat said on Twitter last week.

Opioid overdoses shot up by 30 percent in emergency rooms across the USA in a single year, according to newly-released data from the CDC. Emergency cases in DE rose by 105 percent.

In Philadelphia, fentanyl-cocaine overdoses point to an unpredictably deadly drug supply.

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.

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Modest decreases were seen in Kentucky, at 15 percent, and statistically insignificant drops of less than 10 percent in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island.

The CDC concluded in their report that emergency room data can serve as "an early warning system, alerting communities to changes in prevalence of overdoses and permitting a timely, informed and localized response".

The report claims that opioid overdoses and deaths can be prevented by providing medication-assisted treatment, naloxone (an overdose-reversing drug), treatment and referral services to people suffering from opioid use disorder, and coordinating efforts with other health departments, mental health care providers, community-based organizations and law enforcement.

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

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