CDC: US Opioid Crisis Getting Worse – “We Have An Emergency On Our Hands”

Thursday, March 8, 2018
By Paul Martin

by Tyler Durden
Thu, 03/08/2018

Across the United States, government officials are struggling to combat the next wave of the opioid epidemic, which is expected to deliver a massive blow to the heartland. A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirms the opioid crisis has dramatically worsened since the second half of 2016. Raw data from hospital emergency rooms show a significant increase in drug overdoses across the U.S.

In a press briefing on Tuesday, CDC Director Anne Schuchat, M.D., warned that the U.S. is currently experiencing the highest drug overdose death rates ever.

In the newly issued report, which examined data from 16 states, emergency department visits for suspected opioid overdoses jumped 30 percent from July 2016 through September 2017. In some regions of the country, overdoses were far more significant, but overall, data from most areas showed the opioid crisis is worsening, despite President Trump’s new initiative to tackle the epidemic.

“We have an emergency on our hands,” says CDC Director Anne Schuchat. “The fast-moving opioid overdose epidemic continues and is accelerating.”

According to the report, opioid overdoses increased for both genders, in all age groups, and across all regions in the U.S.

From July 2016 through September 2017, opioid overdoses increased:

Men (↑30%) and women (↑24%)

People ages 25-34 (↑ 31%), 35-54 (↑36%), and 55 and over (↑32%)

Most states (↑ 30% average), especially in the Midwest (↑70% average)

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