Opioid overdoses were up 30 percent last year across the United States, according to a new report by the US government, underscoring that the drug abuse epidemic in the country is getting worse.
There were 142,000 visits to US hospital emergency departments due to opioid overdoses between July 2016 and September 2017, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported Tuesday.
“This is really a fast-moving epidemic that’s getting worse,” said Dr. Anne Schuchat, acting director of the CDC and acting administrator of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.
“The increases in overdoses were seen in adults of all age groups. They were seen in men and women. They were seen in every geographic region in the nation,” she said.
“We really think that this is a wake-up call for all of us — that the opioid epidemic is in all of our communities and that there’s more that we need to do,” Schuchat said.
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