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1403, 2018

Cleveland ER doctors witnessed spike in opioid overdoses as CDC finds Ohio ER visits surged 28 percent

By | March 14th, 2018|Categories: News|0 Comments

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Cleveland emergency room doctors saw a surge of patients suffering from suspected opioid overdoses in 2017, in a trend the Centers for Disease Control says suggests overdoses are on the rise in Ohio and in major metropolitan areas. The CDC study released last week found that the number of Ohio emergency department visits for opioid overdoses increased by nearly 28 percent between July 2016 and September 2017. Large metropolitan areas across the nation saw an increase of about 54 percent in the same period. The numbers suggest that the opioid epidemic is continuing to worsen across Ohio and in [...]

1203, 2018

Coordinating Clinical and Public Health Responses to Opioid Overdoses Treated in Emergency Departments

By | March 12th, 2018|Categories: Upcoming Event|0 Comments

Join the 20th US Surgeon General, Acting CDC Director, a CDC subject matter expert, and other clinical and public health professionals for a webinar discussing new data and coordinated efforts by clinicians, public health government, and communities to respond to increasing opioid overdose emergency department visits. This combined webinar joins these two audiences together to provide a discussion on how clinicians and public health communities can work together in coordinating a more robust response to the opioid overdose epidemic. The nonmedical use of prescription opioids and illicit opioids causes significant morbidity in the United States. The latest data indicate that rates [...]

603, 2018

Opioid overdoses spiked 28 percent in Ohio last year, CDC says

By | March 6th, 2018|Categories: News|0 Comments

WASHINGTON - Emergency room visits for suspected opioid overdoses spiked 30 percent nationwide from July 2016 through September 2017 with the most severe problems experienced in the Midwest, according to a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report released Tuesday. The report compiled from emergency departments in 45 states found overdoses rose 109 percent in Wisconsin, 66 percent in Illinois, 35 percent in Indiana, 28 percent in Ohio and 21 percent in Missouri. It also found substantial overdose increases among most demographic groups. Among men, it was 30 percent. Among women, it was 24 percent. Incidents climbed 21 percent among [...]

503, 2018

These 10 ERs Sharply Reduced Opioid Use And Still Eased Pain

By | March 5th, 2018|Categories: News|0 Comments

One of the most common reasons patients head to an emergency room is pain. In response, doctors may try something simple at first, like ibuprofen or acetaminophen. And, at least up until recently, if that isn't effective, the second line of attack has been the big guns. "Percocet or Vicodin," says Dr. Peter Bakes, an emergency medicine specialist at Swedish Medical Center in Englewood, Colo. "Medications that certainly have contributed to the rising opioid epidemic." Now though, physicians are looking for alternatives to help reduce opioid use and curtail potential abuse. Ten Colorado hospitals, including Swedish, participated in a six-month [...]

2602, 2018

Attorney General DeWine Files Lawsuit Against Opioid Distributors for Distribution Practices which Fueled Opioid Diversion

By | February 26th, 2018|Categories: News|0 Comments

(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today filed a lawsuit against four major prescription opioid distributors in Madison County Court of Common Pleas. The lawsuit alleges that the drug companies engaged in unsafe distribution practices that ignored their responsibility under law to provide effective controls against opioid diversion. "We believe the evidence will show that these companies ignored their duties as drug distributors to ensure that opioids were not being diverted for improper use. They knew the amount of opioids allowed to flow into Ohio far exceeded what could be consumed for medically-necessary purposes, but they did nothing to stop [...]