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A few areas, including Kentucky, noted decreased overdoses.

In the new report, the CDC researchers identified 142,557 cases of suspected opioid overdose treated in ERs during the study period.

Opioid addiction also has hooked its claws into all groups of US residents.

The St. Tammany's Coroner's office released 2017 data in early February reporting a total of 74 drug overdose-related deaths, increasing from 58 the year before.

Health officials have been playing catch-up with the opioid epidemic all along, leaving many questioning how we got to the crisis point we've reached.

TUESDAY, March 6, 2018 America's opioid epidemic is escalating at breakneck speed, with tens of thousands of overdose victims spilling into the nation's emergency rooms seeking lifesaving treatment, a new government report shows. That 90-day emergency declaration was renewed at the end of January - but made no additional funding available to institute program, according to accounts.

Overdose increases in some states and cities may be due to changes in the volume and type of illicit opioid drugs being sold on the streets, health officials said.


Now, their fast tracking method has revealed that the crisis is far from over. "The fast-moving opioid overdose epidemic continues and is accelerating".

From July 2016 through September 2017, opioid overdoes "increased for men and women, all age groups, and all regions".

Eight of those states included saw "substantial" overdose increases of at least 25%.

The CDC also used looked at a second data set, from the National Syndromic Surveillance Program (NSSP) Biosense platform. "This data sends a wake up call about the need to improve what happens when patients leave the emergency department". But those increases varied dramatically from state to state, even within a region. Two states reported overdoses more than doubled - including in Wisconsin with 109% and DE with 105% increases.

Wisconsin had the biggest increase, 109 percent, and DE saw a 105 percent increase. It's tracking system covers about 60 percent of the ER visits in the whole country and some people who overdose don't go to the hospital, Schuchat said.

According to the report, overdoses across many demographics have been on the rise since July 2016, with a 30 percent overdose increase among men, 24 percent increase among women, 36 percent increase in people between ages 35-54 and an especially high increase in overdoses in Midwestern states, at 70 percent.


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