Emergency Departments See Opioid Overdoses Skyrocket

Emergency Departments See Opioid Overdoses Skyrocket

Emergency Departments See Opioid Overdoses Skyrocket

Acting CDC director Dr. Anne Schuchat said in a statement to media that emergency room visit data is useful because it shows when and where people are overdosing.

West Virginia is taking action with new laws to limit painkiller prescriptions, improve overdose reporting and equip all emergency responders with opioid antidotes. But other areas saw a rise as well, with large cities in 16 different states experiencing a 54% increase in the number of opioid overdoses.

ESOOS data for the Midwest region states, in particular, showed significant increases in opioid overdose-related ED visits: Wisconsin, about 109 percent; IL, almost 66 percent; in, about 35 percent; OH, nearly 28 percent; and Missouri, slightly more than 21 percent. In four states - Wisconsin, Illinois, Pennsylvania, and DE - there was more than a 50% increase in the number of emergency department visits for opioid overdoses. The largest was in the Midwest (nearly 70 percent), followed by the West (about 40 percent), Northeast (almost 21 percent), Southwest (about 20 percent) and Southeast (14 percent). In an accompanying editorial published in the Annals of Emergency Medicine, the authors noted that EDs typically do not have consistent protocols or guidelines for what to do after the overdose is resolved. She says states can use that information to identify where resources are needed.

Emergency Departments See Opioid Overdoses Skyrocket

According to the CDC, emergency department visits for suspected opioid overdoses increased by 34 percent between 2016 and 2017. "The CDC Vital Signs report signaled that the ED is a critical entry point for primary and secondary prevention of opioid overdose", they said.

Houry DE, Haegerich TM, Vivolo-Kantor A. Opportunities for Prevention and Intervention of Opioid Overdose in the Emergency Department. In 2017, there were 13 fatal opioid overdoses recorded in the county.

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