Emergency room visits for suspected opioid overdoses have risen 30 percent, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
"This fast-moving epidemic does not distinguish age, sex or state or county lines, and it's still increasing in every region of the United States", she said during a media briefing on Tuesday.
Still, many people who overdose never visit a hospital either because they die before reaching the hospital, or because they are revived with the overdose-reversal drug naloxone and decline to go to the hospital.
Benjamin Miller with the Well Being Trust, a national foundation that explores holistic health issues, said the latest CDC data on opioid overdoses is tragic, unsurprising and offers the latest "reflection of our country's inability to have a timely and comprehensive response to these issues". The increase - up 81 percent from 2016 - measured as the third largest in the U.S.
The report explained health departments can alert communities of increases in overdoses and support access and availability to treatment.
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Officials say looking at emergency room data can help responders gather important information before an overdose turns deadly, including where the person was coming from and what day of the week and time of day the overdose occurred.
Opioid overdoses in large cities increased 54 percent in 16 states.
Opioid overdoses in the U.S. increased by more than 30% in a 14 month period, according to health officials.
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STEIN: But some parts of the country are being hit harder than others.
"Opioid overdoses increased for men and women, all age groups, and all regions", said the report.
"I never imagined that overdose deaths would exceed auto accidents, gun violence - it's become the number one cause of accidental death", Aks said. And just last week, he held a high-profile summit on the epidemic at the White House. The surgeon general, Jerome Adams, said: "Addiction is a chronic disease, and not a moral failing".