Opioid overdose ER visits soared 30% from July 2016 to September 2017, CDC study finds
"This is a wake-up call for all of us," acting CDC director says
A study also found that treating pain with opioids was not superior to treatment with non-opioid medications
The opioid epidemic in the United States shows no signs of slowing, according to a Vital Signs report released Tuesday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The report found that emergency department visits due to suspected opioid overdoses continued to climb – about 30% – from July 2016 to September 2017 across the country.
“This is really a fast-moving epidemic that’s getting worse,” said Dr. Anne Schuchat, acting director of the CDC and acting administrator of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, who was not an author of the report.
“The increases in overdoses were seen in adults of all age groups. They were seen in men and women. They were seen in every geographic region in the nation,” she said.