March 9, 2018 – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a new report that shows the disease of addiction and the drug epidemic continues to worsen.
According to Frontline, hospital emergency room visits related to opioid overdoses experienced a 30 percent increase last year. The impact can be found across the nation as all but one state – Kentucky – saw an uptick:
“Opioid overdoses are increasing across all regions, most states, for both men and women and most age groups,” Dr. Anne Schuchat, the CDC’s acting director said during a press conference this week. “This is a very difficult and fast-moving epidemic and there are no easy solutions.”
Overdose deaths have reached an all-time high in the U.S., according to Schuchat. On average, 115 Americans died every day in 2016 due to an opioid overdose, she added.
The ongoing crisis has been driven by prescription opioids and the illicit use of drugs like heroin and fentanyl. While rural areas have traditionally been hit hard by the epidemic, the CDC report indicates that the biggest jumps in opioid-related overdose rates came in large metropolitan areas.
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