Emergency admissions to hospital for opioid overdoses rose in every part of the country from March 2016 to September 2017, according to figures released by the Centres for Disease Control (CDC).
Previously, the agency looked at death from opioids, which lag behind reports from emergency rooms.
Between July 2016 and September 2017, data showed there was a 30 percent increase in overdoses across the nation.
"The increases in overdoses were seen in adults of all age groups".
However, 63,632 people died of drug overdose deaths in 2016 in the United States, a 21.4 percent increase from 2015, the CDC said. Visits rose 35 percent in IN, 28 percent in OH and 21 percent in Missouri. "However, if the person is seen in the ED, we are presented with an opportunity to take steps toward preventing a repeat overdose, ideally linking an individual to care and potentially preventing an overdose death". Acting CDC director Dr. Anne Schuchat said emergency room visit data is useful because it shows when and where people are overdosing.
But Harris said many people who have substance use disorder are uninsured, and trying to get the uninsured into a medication-assisted treatment program is hard.
Dr. Aaron Weiner is the director of addiction services at Linden Oaks Behavioral Health.
The fact that the report was only able to capture people who were hospitalized suggests that the grim toll may be much higher, because many people who overdose never go to the ER. Pennsylvania also is expanding a "warm-handoff" program that strives to steer overdose survivors into treatment. "The number of Americans experiencing opioid overdoses is still increasing".
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The crisis is gripping Illinois' urban and suburban communities alike. "It is a chronic illness that must be treated with skill, compassion and urgency", Jerome Adams, MD, MPH, U.S. Surgeon General, said at the telebriefing. And Gov. Scott Walker recently announced opioid prescriptions decreased 20 percent in Wisconsin over a two-year period.
"It's the scariest thing I've ever seen in my career", Eiseman said.
The goal is to better understand, and improve the response to, the crisis that has made drug overdoses the leading cause of death for Americans under 50. Jim Perri said he and his co-workers are also swamped with patients.
After the Midwest, where opioid overdose visits rose an average of 70 percent, the largest regional increase was in the West, where the rise was 40 percent.
However, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island are among states showing a decrease in such visits, according to the CDC data. Emergency room overdoses also jumped 40% in the West, 21% in the Northeast-tied to increases of 105% in DE and 81% in Pennsylvania-20% in the Southwest, and 14% in the Southeast. States in the region, including OH and MI, were already among those with the highest opioid death rates.
"We hope that it's a positive sign that will persist", she said.
That's partly because many overdoses occur away from hospitals.