The tide of America’s drug overdose and the opioid crisis isn’t turning. In fact, the epidemic seems to be getting worse, according to a detailed new report by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
The public health crisis will take an all-hands effort to solve.
“Effective, synchronized programs to prevent drug overdoses will require coordination of law enforcement, first responders, mental health/substance-abuse providers, public health agencies, and community partners,” said Dr. Puja Seth, the new CDC report’s lead author.
From 2016 to 2017 emergency room visits from opioid related incidents jumped 25%. The CDC is recommending that healthcare organizations contribute to the management of the crisis by doing the following:
+ Issue citizen warnings in the case of overdose incident spikes
+ Make nalaxone accessible to community officials as well as users and their family and friends
+Increase the availability and access to addiction treatment centers and mental health services
+Monitor opioid-related disease from unsafe usage (HIV, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, bacterial endocarditis, etc.)
“Research shows that people who have had an overdose are more likely to have another. Emergency department education and post-overdose protocols, including providing naloxone and linking people to treatment, are critical needs.Data on opioid overdoses treated in emergency departments can inform timely, strategic, and coordinated response efforts in the community as well.” Alana Vivolo-Kantor, Ph.D., behavioral scientist at CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control.
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