Opioid Overdoses Treated in Emergency Departments: CDC Vital Signs Report
April 6, 2018 - Read the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Vital Signs Report on Opioid Overdoses Treated in Emergency Departments.
Emergency Department (ED) visits for opioid overdoses rose 30% in all parts of the US from July 2016 through September 2017. People who have had an overdose are more likely to have another, so being seen in the ED is an opportunity for action. This epidemic does not stay within state and county lines. Coordinated action between EDs, health departments, mental health and treatment providers, community-based organizations, and law enforcement can prevent opioid overdose and death.