PA opioid overdose emergency room visits spiked 81 percent
09 March, 2018, 09:51 | Author: Samuel Hayes
Kentucky's emergency opioidoverdose visits decreased by 15 percent, and Rhode Island and New Hampshire both saw decreases of 10 percent or less. And New Castle County accounted for almost 75 percent of the more than 2,000 ER visits.
The Midwest saw a whopping 70 percent increase in opioid-related ER visits related to opioid overdoses.
Increases in other states across the nation are even more alarming - Wisconsin up 108 percent, Pennsylvania 80 percent, DE nearly 105 percent in suspected overdoses.
The programs software collects data on more than 60 percent of all emergency room visits across the U.S. in 45 states.
According to Ben Miller, chief strategy officer for Well Being Trust, a national health policy foundation, the continued worsening of the opioid crisis isn't surprising given that the United States has failed to come up with a comprehensive response to the epidemic.
"People who have had an overdose are more likely to have another, so being seen in the ED [emergency department] is an opportunity for action", the CDC report said. Of those, 42,000 deaths were linked to opioid use.
To curb the crisis, officials said communities would need more naloxone (which reverses overdoses); better access to mental health services and medication-assisted addiction treatment; harm reduction programs to screen for injection-drug associated diseases such as HIV and hepatitis C; and for physicians to use prescription monitoring services.
"We want there to be more hand-off in the emergency department between resuscitation or saving a life and addressing the longer-term needs for that individual or their support system", she said.
So how can emergency departments respond to rising overdoses?
SCHUCHAT: The fast-moving opioid overdose epidemic continues and is accelerating.
Narcan, also known as Naloxone is an opiate overdose antidote. That year, the powerful painkiller fentanyl and its close opioid cousins played a bigger role in the deaths than any other legal or illegal drug.
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