Four Reasons Why the Opioid Epidemic Is Getting Worse, Not Better

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says ER visits for opioid overdoses rose 30 percent in 45 states from July 2016 through September 2017

The largest increase - 109 percent - was in Wisconsin.

Data from 16 states in CDC's Enhanced State Opioid Overdose Surveillance (ESOOS) Program were analyzed, showing quarterly trends by state and rural/urban differences from July 2016 through September 2017.

The greatest increases were noted in states in the Midwest region, including Wisconsin (109%), IL (66%), in (35%), OH (28%), and Missouri (21%).

That's not to say they're the sole region affected by the opioid epidemic. We asked him if he saw Fentanyl and well as heroin. But it could also be a statistical anomaly since that data was collected from just 16 states.

This report contains crucial new information regarding opioid overdoses and how to respond, according to Schuchat.

Dr. Aaron Weiner is the director of addiction services at Linden Oaks Behavioral Health.

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.

The ED2Recovery Program has also expanded to UW Hospital and there are efforts to expand it statewide using federal grant money.

Officials are working to decrease the supply of and the demand for opioids, as well as reduce the stigma around addiction, said U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams. Per quarter, this rate increased on average by 5.6%.

"It's the scariest thing I've ever seen in my career", Eiseman said.

The goal is to better understand, and improve the response to, the crisis that has made drug overdoses the leading cause of death for Americans under 50. The Midwest saw the most dramatic increase - about 70 percent.

The regions particularly hit hard were Wisconsin (108.6 percent), DE (105 percent), Pennsylvania (80.6 percent), and IL (65.5 percent).

The other states in the study were Indiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina and Ohio, Rhode Island and West Virginia. Overdoses in the Southeast rose at the slowest rate, increasing by 14 percent.

"Even with the declines we've seen in the past few years, (opioid prescriptions) are still three times higher in the United States than in Europe".

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