ER visits for opioid overdose double in Wisconsin

  • ER visits for opioid overdose double in Wisconsin

ER visits for opioid overdose double in Wisconsin

Significant increases in opioid overdoses were also seen across all five regions in the United States, with the Midwest showing the most dramatic increase (69.7%), followed by the West (40.3%), Northeast (21.3%), Southwest (20.2%) and Southeast (14%).

The US opioid epidemic is accelerating, with hospital emergency room visits for overdoses from drugs like heroin, fentanyl, and prescription painkillers up 30 percent from 2016 to 2017, US officials said March 6. In 2016 alone, opioids were the cause of almost 42,000 deaths across the country, more than any previous year on record.

"We saw increases in every geographic region, increases in men and women, increases in all adult age groups", said Dr. Anne Schuchat, the acting director of the CDC. "Research shows that people who have had at least one overdose are more likely to have another".

The report found that emergency department visits due to suspected opioid overdoses continued to climb - about 30% - from July 2016 to September 2017 across the country. "So we think there probably is not an increase in people using drugs, but there is an increase in the danger associated with a single use".

"Seeing frequent overdoses, especially in young patients, can take an emotional toll", Sharp said. In Kentucky, which has been hit especially hard by the opioid abuse epidemic, the rate dropped 15 percent, which could reflect fluctuations in drug supply, Schuchat said.

For example, overdoses increased 105 percent in DE, compared with 80.6 percent in Pennsylvania and 34 percent in Maine.

Public health experts say use of the overdose antidote Naloxone, coupled with a decline in opioid prescriptions may be working.

The report examines the timeliest data available to CDC on ED visits for opioid overdoses across multiple states.

"There's a lot more we can do", he said. But some states, such as Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island showed a slight decrease.

Significant increases in all states reporting in the Midwest, including Wisconsin (109 percent), IL (66 percent), in (35 percent), OH (28 percent), and Missouri (21 percent).