The public health crisis of opioid epidemic that has hit the United States seems to be worsening. Opioid overdose deaths are still on the rise across all demographic categories in the United States, as revealed in the latest report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). After examining data on fatal overdoses from 31 states, including District of Columbia, the researchers found that from 2014 to 2015, drug overdose deaths increased by 11.4 percent, claiming 52,404 lives in 2015, including 33,091 opioid-related fatalities. The numbers increased in 2016 with 63,632 drug overdose deaths, including 42,249 opioid cases. The reported increase in drug overdose cases was primarily due to an increase in deaths involving synthetic opioids, heroin, cocaine, prescription opioids as well as psychostimulants.
In 2015-16, opioid-related deaths affected both men and women, but men aged 25-44 years were affected the most due to synthetic opioids. Whites were found to be the most likely ethnic group to die from a drug overdose but the biggest change was reported among blacks (56.1 percent). As per the report, some states like Ohio (32.9 deaths per 100,000 people), New Hampshire (35.8 deaths per 100,000 people) and West Virginia (43.4 deaths per 100,000 people) struggled most with high death rates.
Need for multifaceted, collaborative public health and safety approach
In an earlier report released this month, the CDC reported an increase in emergency department (ED) visits of about 30 percent from July 2016 to September 2017. The report also highlighted the need of medication-assisted treatment (MAT) to prevent repeated overdoses in opioid use disorders (OUDs). As per the CDC, ED data provides warning signals for health departments to identify overdoses cases quickly and devise response strategies.
Given the scale of the opioid epidemic, experts at the CDC have demanded the need for immediate action and suggested a series of recommendations – increasing access to treatment for OUDs, greater access to naloxone (opioid antagonist), safe prescribing practices, faster access to data to understand emerging threats in local communities and devise tailor-made programs to resolve those issues, among others. The report also recommended support for law enforcement strategies to reduce illicit drug supply.
Opioids are used to treat moderate to severe pain, including pain associated with an injury, after a surgical procedure or chronic back pain. However, owing to their addictive nature and euphoria-generating properties, opioids are more prone to misuse and abuse. On an average, 115 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose. Opioid misuse has also contributed to an increase in health care costs, loss of productivity, rise in addiction treatments and increase in criminal justice activities.
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