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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

ER Visits for Opioid Abuse Soaring

A new government report released more stats surrounding America's opioid epidemic – and, once again, it’s pretty scary.

In the new report, researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identified 142,557 opioid overdose victims from 45 states spilling into ERs from July 2016 to September 2017. Emergency room visits for opioid overdoses increased nationwide and across all demographic groups. The Midwest was hit hardest; data showed an overall 70 percent increase in overdose treatment rates in emergency rooms.

"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," said Dr. Anne Schuch, CDC Acting Director, during a press conference. "This data sends a wake-up call about the need to improve what happens when patients leave the emergency department."

Added U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams during the briefing: "It is a chronic illness that must be treated with skill, compassion and urgency."

Do You Know About the "Good Samaritan" Law?
Indeed, acting with urgency is imperative for saving the life of someone overdosing on opioids. And, yet, it’s common for friends and family members who are also misusing drugs to delay help for fear of arrest. 911 “Good Samaritan” laws exempt an individual from arrest and prosecution for mild drug and alcohol law violations if they call for help to save someone else’s life. All 50 states and the District of Columbia have some type of Good Samaritan law.

Getting Help for Opioid Abuse
The Haven at Pismo provides a continuum of care that includes medical detox, residential programs for men and women, partial hospitalization and outpatient programs. If you or a loved one is showing signs of an opioid addiction, call today: 805-202-3440.

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