Opioid overdose ER visits up 30 percent

New report from the CDC finds the nation's deadly opioid epidemic is worsening, with a nearly 30 percent jump in emergency room visits for overdoses in a 15-month period. The increases were seen among both men and women, and with all age groups. Dr. Tara Narula joins "CBS This Morning" with more on the nation's opioid crisis.
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Sidewalk prayers near shoot-up spots. Sunday sermons in the back of a bar. Pleas to struggling souls to surrender to God. Funerals for members of their flock who didn't make it. Clergy members have become spiritual first responders in the opioid crisis, often leaving the pulpit to minister on the streets. They can be reverends, rabbis, priests or pastors. Though their faiths differ, they invariably approach people with addiction as equals. No Bible-thumping, no blaming. Quite a few are in recovery themselves. Despite some signs of a slowdown, the nation's all-time deadliest drug overdose epidemic endures. Opioids were invo...
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Conclusions: These results highlight that elderly trauma patients are at risk of long-term opioid use, especially if they had preinjury or early postinjury opioid consumption.
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) - To say the opioid problem in Knox County is still a problem would be an understatement. According to the Knox County Drug Related Task Force, 293 deaths were linked to opioid overdoses in 2017. This year, 253 lives have been lost with six of those coming during the first seven days of November. This problem has been extremely evident than with the paramedic crews of the Knoxville Fire Department.
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Introduction: As the opioid epidemic progresses, a better understanding of those at elevated risk of opioid overdose is needed, particularly for populations whose growing risk may be overlooked. Medicare recipients under age 65 (Medicare-disability beneficiaries [MDBs]) are one such population. We sought to analyze characteristics of opioid-overdose hospitalizations among MDBs and quantify the contribution of this population to opioid-overdose hospitalizations overall. Methods: This retrospective cohort study included patients hospitalized for opioid overdose in the National/Nationwide Inpatient Sample from 1998 to 2013. ...
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The numbers tell the story for themselves – of the 64,000 drug-overdose deaths in the U.S. in 2016, three quarters were caused by opioids, according to the Centers for Disease Control. And recent reports from the CDC show opioid overdoses increased 30 percent between July 2016 and September 2017. The opioid epidemic is not new and it’ s not going away. It is a complex problem that tragically affects too many people. As a company, Tufts Health Plan has made it a priority to support our members,…
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Robert R. Redfield, M.D., director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), will deliver the 2018 Joseph J. Kinyoun Memorial Lecture on the intersection between the national opioid crisis and the management of infectious diseases. Titled, “ Opioids: Epidemic of Our Time and Impact on Infectious Disease, ” Dr. Redfield ’ s talk will explore the impacts of the unprecedented use of opioids in the United States on the management of infectious diseases. While overdose remains the leading cause of death among people who use opioids, this population is also disproportionately affected by viral he...
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Ethimedix, a Swiss medical device company, has developed the SmartBottle, a drug administration device for analgesics. The device is a programmable “lockbox” which allows for the controlled administration of single doses of opioid painkil...
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(CNN) — Despite the ongoing opioid crisis plaguing the nation, the US Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved a new opioid medication five to 10 times more powerful than fentanyl. Dsuvia, made by AcelRx Pharmaceuticals Inc., is a tablet in a single-dose, prefilled applicator to be administered under the tongue by health care providers to patients in settings such as hospitals, surgical centers and emergency rooms, according to the company. FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb was quick to defended the approval in a statement Friday: “The agency is taking new steps to more actively confront this crisis, ...
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CONCLUSIONS: The findings of this review offer clinical insight and reinforce the importance of psychosocial interventions in CNCP and opioid use disorders. However, little empirical data are available to guide practitioners in treating patients with CNCP who misuse opioid medications, and thus future research on integrated approaches, is needed. PMID: 30387858 [PubMed - in process]
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