CDC Head on Opioid Report: 'This Is a Wake-Up Call'

08 March, 2018, 02:15 | Author: Jared Lewis
  • CDC: Opioid overdose emergency room visits up 30 percent nationwide; decrease in Massachusetts

Emergency department visits for suspected opioid overdoses increased by 34 percent in ME from 2016 to 2017, during a time when drug overdose deaths in the state reached an all-time high.

"This is really a fast-moving epidemic that's getting worse", said Dr. Anne Schuchat, acting director of the CDC and acting administrator of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, who was not an author of the report.

This fast-moving epidemic affects all ages, genders and states and is still increasing across the USA, she said. "It does not respect state or county lines and is still increasing in every region in the United States".

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Emergency department visits jumped 35 percent for the 16 states where overdose visits were tracked by CDC researchers.

States that saw a slight decrease in opioid overdoses included Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and West Virginia. The report also estimated a 30 percent increase for 45 states. The largest increase - 109 percent - was in Wisconsin.

Continued rises in cities and towns of all types. For example, emergency room staff need better training to make sure people with substance-use disorder get follow-up addiction treatment, says Jessica Hulsey Nickel, president and chief executive officer of the Addiction Policy Forum. The rates of suspected opioid overdoses rose by 5% each quarter on average.

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Increase naloxone distribution (an overdose-reversing drug) to first responders, family and friends, and other community members in affected areas, as policies permit.

A $4.8 million program launched by the LePage administration a year ago to help the uninsured gain access to treatment - the Opioid Health Home program - has only helped a handful of uninsured people, according to the Maine Department of Health and Human Services. Timely treatment with naloxone can reverse the effects of opioids. The CDC now recommends against using opioids for chronic pain.

Dr. Brian Sharp, who works in the ER at UW Hospital, said UW has seen an uptick in overdoses of prescription opioids and illicit opioids such as heroin and illegally formulated fentanyl. "Data on opioid overdoses treated in emergency departments can inform timely, strategic, and coordinated response efforts in the community as well".

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