ER visits for opioid overdoses soar in Wisconsin

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A report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds DE hospitals have seen a more than 100 percent increase in suspected opioid overdoses.

All regions included in the study experienced increases in overdose rates, Alana Vivolo-Kantor, of the CDC's National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, and colleagues reported.

That money was distributed to 16 states that are now enrolled in the CDC's Enhanced State Opioid Overdose Surveillance Program.

"This fast-moving epidemic affects both men and women, and people of every age", said Anne Schuchat, the CDC's acting director.

'It does not respect state or county lines and is still increasing in every region in the United States, ' she added.

Midwestern states increased the most dramatically, with a 70% jump fueled by a doubling (109% increase) of overdose ED visits in Wisconsin.

A report out Tuesday says the jump took place between July 2016 and September 2017.

The rate rose most in the Midwest - 70 percent, including a 65 percent hike in IL.

Certain areas in the Northeast were also hit particularly hard, with DE experiencing a 105 percent increase and Pennsylvania an 81 percent increase in opioid overdoses during that time. But a report by NPR suggested the availability of highly potent drugs like fentanyl may have had an impact on the number of overdoses there.

New numbers out Tuesday show America's opioid crisis is getting worse, not better.

Schuchat said she is cautiously optimistic that strategies implemented in these states to combat opioid addiction may be working.

The data did not reveal what types of drugs or drug combinations led to these suspected opioid overdoses, Schuchat said.

"I meet with those on the frontlines of this opioid crisis in OH regularly", said a statement from Portman. Substantial increases in overdose rates cut across all categories, including men (30 percent) and women (24 percent), and people aged 25 to 34 (31 percent), 35 to 54 (36 percent), and 55 or older (32 percent). Because research shows that having one overdose is a good predictor of having another, the data presents an opportunity for targeting prevention efforts-like giving overdose reversal drug naloxone to family members and guiding the overdose victim to treatment-say CDC researchers in an accompanying commentary.

Overdoses increased in all five regions of the U.S., and in every demographic.

Still, many people who overdose never visit a hospital either because they die before reaching the hospital, or because they are revived with the overdose-reversal drug naloxone and decline to go to the hospital. Adams said his brother has long struggled with addiction.

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