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Published: Sat, March 10, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Overdoses At Indiana Emergency Rooms Increase — CDC Report

Overdoses At Indiana Emergency Rooms Increase — CDC Report

"Long before we receive data from death certificates, emergency department data can point to alarming increases in opioid overdoses", CDC Acting Director Anne Schuchat said. In fact, the majority of drug overdose cases are as a result of opioid abuse and even more worryingly, drug overdoses have since become the leading cause of death of Americans under 50.

Despite efforts to address the crisis, opioid overdoses in the USA continue to increase at a disturbing rate. Almost 64,000 people died of drug overdoses, two-thirds of them from opioids, in 2016.

In Wisconsin, 827 people died from opioid overdoses in 2016, a 35 percent increase from 2015.

Opioids were involved in two-thirds of all overdose deaths in 2016. The rates of suspected opioid overdoses rose by 5% each quarter on average.

This fast-moving epidemic affects all ages, genders and states and is still increasing across the US, she said.

However, the Midwest - in which OH and in were included - experienced a staggering overdose boost of around 70 percent.

In response to its findings, the CDC has outlined steps to address the rising incidence of overdose. Community mental health care systems are virtually nonexistent in economically depressed areas.

In an open letter to the head of the FAA, the union has called on the agency to make naloxone nasal spray a compulsory item to be carried in emergency medical kits on passenger airlines - a lifesaving medication that quickly reverses the effects of an opioid overdose.

At the same time, the Trump administration has targeted scientific research for funding cuts and the CDC itself has had its funding slashed. These politicians do not merely ignore the social issues that contribute to opioid use-they act to dismantle the social infrastructure that would forestall and interrupt opioid use.

Emergency rooms saw a big jump in overdoses from opioids past year - the latest evidence the nation's drug crisis is getting worse.

The supply of those more risky drugs is increasing faster in some parts of the country than in others, which may help explain the geographic variations, Schuchat says.

"Seeing frequent overdoses, especially in young patients, can take an emotional toll", Sharp said.

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