Opioid overdoses kill nearly 5 people every hour in the US — CDC

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But preliminary numbers from CDC show drug overdose deaths in Oklahoma rose by 12 percent, to 844 people.

The report found that urban centers saw a greater increase in overdose visits than rural areas, which have traditionally been seen as the hardest hit by the nation's opioid epidemic.

In the Northeast, opioid overdose emergency room visits rose by 105 percent in DE and 81 percent in Pennsylvania.

More recent CDC data shows overdose deaths rose 14 per cent from July 2016 to July 2017, but that data doesn't distinguish opioids from other drugs.

"Opioid overdoses increased for men and women, all age groups, and all regions", said the report.

In 16 states there were 119,198 emergency department visits (26.7 per 10,000 visits) that were suspected opioid-involved overdoses. The biggest jumps were in the Midwest and in cities, but increases occurred nationwide.

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According to the CDC, overdoses kill about five people every hour across the USA with the victims totaling 5,400 more in 2016 then the soldiers who died during the entire Vietnam war. "However, if the person is seen in the ED, we are presented with an opportunity to take steps toward preventing a repeat overdose, ideally linking an individual to care and potentially preventing an overdose death".

"The science is clear: addiction is a chronic disease and not a moral failing". Timely treatment with naloxone can reverse the effects of opioids.

"Local EDs are key players for surveillance because they have direct access to patients who have recently had an overdose". This includes naloxone for first responders, and mental health programs and medication for patients with opioid use disorder.

Opioid overdoses experienced another dramatic spike over the past year across every region of the country, according to a report from federal health officials. It also is increasing community outreach efforts to nursing homes to help address prescription opioid addiction among the elderly.

"We wanted more timely information", Schuchat says. "We don't have to wait until it is too late".