Overdoses Without Borders

US emergency department (ED) visits for suspected opioid overdoses jumped 30% from July 2016-September 2017. The increase spanned men and women across all age groups and regions, according to the CDC’s latest Vital Signs report.

State and county variations, and increases in cities highlight the need to stop overdose outbreaks spilling across borders, the report found. While North Carolina reported a 31% increase, Kentucky clocked a significant 15% drop.

ED overdose data can help communities tailor their response, said the CDC’s Alana Vivolo-Kantor: “Emergency department education and post-overdose protocols, including providing naloxone and linking people to treatment, are critical needs.”


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