PA opioid overdose emergency room visits spiked 81 percent

Narcan also known as Naloxone is an opiate overdose antidote

The American opioid epidemic claimed more than 64,000 lives in 2016 alone.

It was also determined that people who have suffered opioid overdoses in the past are more prone to suffering one in the future as well. We asked him if he saw fentanyl and well as heroin.

The largest increase was in the Midwest region (69.7 percent), followed by the West (40.3 percent).

"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 opioid crisis seemed to be worsening most quickly in Wisconsin, where 109 percent more people went to the emergency room for an overdose in September 2017 than did in July 2016.

Nearly 100 people are dying every day across America from opioid overdoses - more than vehicle crashes and shootings combined.

When someone is seen by medical professionals in the emergency department, "we are presented with an opportunity of preventing another overdose", Schuchat said Tuesday. 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).

Increase naloxone distribution (an overdose-reversing drug) to first responders, family and friends, and other community members in affected areas, as policies permit.

In his organization's recent report, Pain in the Nation, Miller, along with the Trust for America's Health, called for a national resilience strategy to address "deaths of despair", that in 2015 amounted to 127,500 deaths driven by drug overdoses, alcohol and suicide.

Others say the key is incorporating fixation treatment better into the social insurance framework.

ANDREW KOLODNY: It is concerning that 15, 20 years into this epidemic, it is still getting worse.

"This is a major public health problem that once again needs federal attention and state attention to get the treatment programs that are really necessary", Dr. Kruse said. And just last week, he held a high-profile summit on the epidemic at the White House. It's kind of like pointing to a burning building and saying, oh, there's a fire there; there's an emergency, and then not calling the fire department and watching it burn down. Miller said. "People seek alternative means to maintain their addiction or their high". The surgeon general, Jerome Adams, said: "Addiction is a chronic disease, and not a moral failing".

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

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