CDC: Rate of Opioid Overdoses Increasing, Especially in Midwest

“We’ve got an emergency on our hands,” said acting director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control Anne Schuchat, as the agency released a report saying emergency room visits due to opioid overdose have increased an average of 30 percent nationwide. The CDC released its report Tuesday, noting the Midwestern state of Wisconsin saw a 109 percent increase in emergency department visits due to opioid overdose between the third quarters of 2016 and 2017. The East Coast state of Delaware followed with a 105 percent increase. Pennsylvania had an 81 percent increase. The agency said its new numbers could help hospitals play a larger role in mitigating the opioid crisis by widening the availability of the drug naloxone, which has been shown to reverse the effects of overdose in time to save lives. It also recommended more effort be put into getting overdose patients into drug-addiction treatment and mental health services. CDC: Rate of Opioid Overdoses Increasing, Especially in Midwest

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