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Overdoses increased in nearly every state, with the Midwest seeing a particularly steep 70 percent rise between July 2016 and September 2017.

Emergency room visits for opioid overdoses jumped about 30 percent in the U.S.in just over a year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The data did not reveal what types of drugs or drug combinations led to these suspected opioid overdoses, Schuchat said.

The CDC also looked at data from the National Syndromic Surveillance Program BioSense platform which analyzes 45 states and found increases in all regions of the US with the largest increase in the Midwest (70 percent).

During a briefing of the latest Vital Signs report, CDC's Acting Director Dr. Anne Schuchat said overall the most dramatic increases were in the Midwest, where emergency visits went up 70 percent in all ages over 25.

However, 63,632 people died of drug overdose deaths in 2016 in the United States, a 21.4 percent increase from 2015, the CDC said.

The opioid epidemic in the US continues to worsen based on new data from the Centers for Disease Control.

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The CDC's new report urges state health departments to take actions like distributing more naloxone, improving access to drug-assisted addiction therapies and coordinating across state lines to combat the opioid epidemic.

"Decreases in the Southeast (Kentucky and West Virginia) were unanticipated and might foreshadow changes in opioid overdose death trends in 2017", the report said. Among those states, DE and Pennsylvania, along with Wisconsin, topped the list of states where the rate of ER visits for overdoses grew the most quickly. Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island reported smaller decreases.

"I often don't know if it's heroin, methadone or fentanyl they've overdosed on".

The most recent information could disparage the overdoses, since numerous individuals who overdose never wind up in the crisis room.

While overdoses increased across the country, some regions were hit harder than others.

The supply of those progressively perilous medications is expanding speedier in a few sections of the nation than in others, which may help clarify the geographic varieties, Schuchat says.

ANDREW KOLODNY: It is concerning that 15, 20 years into this epidemic, it is still getting worse. President Trump recently declared the epidemic a national emergency. Jessica Hulsey Nickel heads the Addiction Policy Forum.


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