Opioid overdoses sending more people to ERs, especially in Pennsylvania, Delaware

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Last year, Pennsylvania saw a huge spike in opioid overdose-related emergency room visits. The biggest increases this year were in urban areas.

Schuchat said the United States is now seeing its highest drug overdose death rates ever.

Overdoses increased in nearly every state, with the Midwest seeing a particularly steep 70 percent rise between July 2016 and September 2017.

Some decreases were seen in five states, with Kentucky experiencing the most significant decrease of 15 percent.

Visits to First State emergency departments because of suspected opioid overdoses more than doubled in the past year.

In fact, according to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it's getting worse. Belated efforts to rein in distribution fueled a resurgence of heroin and the emergence of a deadly, black market version of the synthetic opioid fentanyl.

The programs software collects data on more than 60 percent of all emergency room visits across the USA in 45 states.

"Generally as a country, we are as yet neglecting to sufficiently react to the opioid enslavement epidemic", says Dr. Andrew Kolodny, co-executive of opioid arrangement inquire about at Brandeis University.

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Almost two thirds of drug overdose deaths in 2016 involved prescription opioids, illicit opioids, or both, an increase of 27.7 percent from 2015.

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.

"The bottom line", said Anne Schuchat, the CDC's acting director, "is that no area of the United States is exempt from this epidemic". 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.

However, neither Congress nor the White House has appropriated new funding to treat people affected by the opioid crisis, despite pleas from public health officials, some of whom have put a starting price tag at $6bn.

The specialists additionally investigated 45 million crisis division visits that happened in 16 states amid a similar period, which included 119,198 speculated opioid overdoses.

The study comes just a week after the White House held a week-long opioid summit.

"Science is clear: Addiction is a chronic disease and not a moral failing", the doctor said.