CDC Report on ED Opioid Overdoses Shows Epidemic Is Getting Worse

A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report released this week revealed that from 2015 to 2016, opioid overdose deaths increased 27.7 percent nationally, indicating a worsening of the opioid overdose epidemic. The report is based on data from emergency department (ED) syndromic and hospital billing and included data from North Carolina.

Our state showed a significant increase of 31.1 percent between the third quarter of 2016 and the third quarter of 2017. Overall, the Southwest, West and Midwest regions saw the greatest increases in opioid involved overdoses. Kentucky was the only state to have a decrease. The largest increases were seen in major metropolitan areas.

Read the report.


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