Jump In Overdoses Shows Opioid Epidemic Has Worsened

Source: NPR

Opioid overdoses seen in hospital emergency rooms are way up. Timely treatment with naloxone can reverse the effects of opioids. Spencer Platt/Getty Images

There’s more bad news about the nation’s devastating opioid epidemic.

In just one year, overdoses from opioids jumped by about 30 percent, according to the a report released Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The overall increase in opioid overdoses seen in hospital emergency rooms between the third quarter of 2016 and 2017 occurred across the nation. Some parts of the country experienced far greater increases than others while a few reported declines, the analysis shows.


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

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