The CDC report found the opioid-related emergency room visits rose an average 35 percent across 16 states between July 2016 and September 2017.
The number of visits rose 30 percent across the country from July 2016 to September 2017.
The increase was worst in the Midwest and in large metropolitan areas.
"Research shows that people who have had an overdose are more likely to have another".
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"Educating emergency department physicians and staff members about appropriate services for immediate care and treatment and implementing a post-overdose protocol that includes naloxone provision and linking persons into treatment could assist emergency departments with preventing overdose", the authors write.
"We have an emergency on our hands", says acting CDC Director Anne Schuchat.
"Up until now, we have been reporting on the tragic loss of life from overdoses, but for every fatal case, there are many more nonfatal cases, each one with its own emotional and economic toll", Schuchat said during a telebriefing on the report. He said the expansion of Narcan use - an opioid overdose antidote - in the greater Portland area has probably led to decreased numbers of overdoses ending up in emergency rooms.
"We know that up to 90 percent of people will relapse in the first year going through rehab", he said. "EDs can link these patients to mental health and substance abuse treatment centers, which can assist them in gaining access to medication-assisted treatment", Adams said. And common painkillers don't have side effects, such as leading people into opioid addiction, the study concluded. Closer coordination between public health and public safety agencies can support identification of changes in supply and use of illicit opioids, further allowing communities to take appropriate action to reduce opioid overdoses. The CDC now recommends against using opioids for chronic pain.