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Opioid Overdose Cases Escalate By 30% in the United States

Opioid overdose cases escalate by nearly 30 per cent just in a year, according to the recently released report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday, which informs that the states in the U.S. including Indiana, Wisconsin and Illinois are in more dangers of epidemic of opioid overdoses.

Emergency departments (ED) have been observed with highly increased number of visits for the cases related to opioid overdoses, especially during the third quarter of the year 2016 and 2017. The hospitals have been trying to prevent the repeated overdoses by the medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for the opioid use disorder (OUD). It is referred as controversial patterns of opioid use.

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An all-hours helpline was established by the Opioid Overdose Prevention and Intervention Task Force in December in order to support those victims affected pain killer addiction. However, the statewide opioid helpline in Illinois has been made available at 1-833-2FINDHELP, which is funded as the federal grant by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Co-director of opioid policy research, Dr. Andrew Kolodny from the Brandeis University said in a statement that, “Overall as a nation, we are still failing to adequately respond to the opioid addiction epidemic. It is concerning that 20 years into this epidemic, it is still getting worse. The number of Americans experiencing opioid overdoses is still increasing.”

Anne Schuchat, CDC Director stated that, “We have an emergency on our hands. The fast-moving opioid overdose epidemic continues and is accelerating. We saw, sadly, that in every region, in every age group of adults, in both men and women, overdoses from opioids are increasing.”

 

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