Opioid overdoses in America worsen: CDC report

Kristen Gonzales
March 7, 2018

America's opioid crisis is growing and it's hitting across demographic groups.

"Research shows that people who have had an overdose are more likely to have another".

"We imagine that the quantity of people dependent on opioids is generally steady".

Opioid overdoses in the USA increased by more than 30% in a 14 month period, according to health officials.

"This fast-moving epidemic does not distinguish age, sex or state or county lines, and it's still increasing in every region of the United States", she said during a media briefing on Tuesday.

The report found the rise in overdoses did not discriminate when affecting cities and towns of all types, with the most rural areas seeing a 21 percent increase, and the most urban areas seeing a large and steady increase in overdoses ranging up to 54 percent.

'Coordinated action between [emergency rooms], health departments, mental health and treatment providers, community-based organizations, and law enforcement can prevent opioid overdose and death, ' its new report said.

"We're seeing the highest ever death rates in the U.S.", Schuchat said. Substantial increases in overdose rates cut across all categories, including men (30 percent) and women (24 percent), and people aged 25 to 34 (31 percent), 35 to 54 (36 percent), and 55 or older (32 percent).

Overdoses increased in all five regions of the USA, and in every demographic.

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"I never imagined that overdose deaths would exceed auto accidents, gun violence - it's become the number one cause of accidental death", Aks said. In Wisconsin, overdoses are up a 109 percent.

A study report issued last week by the Minnesota Department of Health, which surveyed data from 2,000 first-time medical marijuana users with intractable pain, said 42 percent of those patients reported a 30 percent decrease or more in their level of pain. Andrew Kolodny is an addiction policy expert at Brandeis University. Overall as a nation, we are still failing to adequately respond to the opiate addiction epidemic.

"With the attention this has been getting, it's very disappointing we are seeing these increases". President Trump recently declared the epidemic a national emergency.

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

KOLODNY: And yet nothing has happened.

"The science is clear - addiction is a chronic disease and not a moral failing", he said.

"We can utilize this close passing background - utilize it as minute to change such individual's reality", Nickel says.

STEIN: Too often, she says, addicts are simply revived and sent home only to overdose again.

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