Emergency room visits for suspected opioid overdoses increased 109 percent in Wisconsin from July 2016 to September 2017, according to federal health officials.
According to the CDC, the number of people rushed to the hospital after an opioid overdose jumped 30 percent nationwide between July 2016 and September 2017. Overdoses may have actually slightly decreased in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island.
Almost two thirds of drug overdose deaths in 2016 involved prescription opioids, illicit opioids, or both, an increase of 27.7 percent from 2015.
"This is a very hard and fast-moving epidemic", she said.
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Overdoses from Opioids jumped by about 30 percent, CDC says
And that 30 percent figure is just an average; the Midwest saw an increase of closer to 70 percent. Wisconsin had the biggest increase, 109 percent, and DE saw a 105 percent increase.
The greatest increases were noted in states in the Midwest region, including Wisconsin (109%), IL (66%), in (35%), OH (28%), and Missouri (21%). In the Midwest, overdoses jumped 70%, due in part to increases of 109% in Wisconsin and 65.5% in IL, report NPR and CNN.
The more narrow analysis of 16 states during that time frame is based on 45 million emergency department visits and is what shows the greater variation from state to state and among jurisdictions within those states.
Hospitalizations for overdoses rose by 69.7 percent in the Midwest, 40.3 percent in the West, 21.3 percent in the Northeast and 20.2 percent in the Southwest. They were seen in men and women. Overdoses in the Southeast rose at the slowest rate, increasing by 14 percent. He also calls for increasing the availability of naloxone, which reverses the effects of overdoses, and working with law enforcement. They can serve as important links for follow up for opioid use disorder.
The fact that the report was only able to capture people who were hospitalized suggests that the grim toll may be much higher, because many people who overdose never go to the ER. "Data on opioid overdoses treated in emergency departments can inform timely, strategic, and coordinated response efforts in the community as well".