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CDC Report: Emergency Departments Inundated with Opioid Overdoses
The heroin epidemic shows no signs of letting up, as evidenced by a rapid increase in the number of opioid overdoses being treated in emergency departments (EDs) across the nation, according to CDC data. The report revealed that ED visits due to overdose increased 30 percent overall last year. The increases were widespread, but varied by state, with rural/urban differences. “This fast-moving epidemic affects both men and women, and people of every age,” said CDC acting director Anne Schuchat. “It does not respect state or county lines and is still increasing in every region in the United States.”
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