Emergency department visits for opioid overdoses increased 31 percent in North Carolina from July 2016 through September 2017, according to a new study released Tuesday from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). "It does not respect state or county lines and is still increasing in every region in the United States", said CDC Acting Director Anne Schuchat.
"The increases occurred in most demographic groups and US regions and suggest a worsening of the epidemic into late 2017 in several states, possibly related to the wide variation in the availability and potency of illicit drug products", the report said.
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. No region or demographic group was spared, and two states - Wisconsin and DE - saw overdose visits to their emergency rooms more than double. Additionally, emergency departments can develop post opioid-overdose protocol, health care providers can assess a patient's drug history and only prescribe opioids when the benefits outweigh the risks, and all people can better educate themselves on opioids and the current crisis surrounding their misuse. In Pennsylvania, ER visits for opioid-relared emergencies were up 81 percent. But Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and even hard-hit West Virginia and Kentucky showed declines, with Kentucky's decline being 15 percent.
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The most recent information could disparage the overdoses, since numerous individuals who overdose never wind up in the crisis room. "Increases in opioid overdoses varied by region and urbanization level, indicating a need for localized responses". Wisconsin led the states with a 108 percent spike. Schuchat blames the increase on newer, more potent opioids like fentanyl flooding into some parts of the country faster than others.
"We're actually trying to assess them for a chronic addiction, and then making any interventions that might help with the right person if they're willing to change", Shearer says.
Lynch says its plays out that way at all local ER's like ECMC, Millard Fillmore Suburban, and other hospitals covered by him and his colleagues at UB MD Emergency Medical group.
KOLODNY: And yet nothing has happened. Adams said his brother has long struggled with addiction.