10 states see big increases in opioid overdoses

Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Missouri, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin all had sharp increases in opioid overdoses from July 2016 through September 2017, according to a new survey of hospital data. Only one state – Kentucky – saw a significant decrease.

Overall, the largest increases were in the Midwest and in central metropolitan areas.

“Despite data from the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health indicating that heroin use and opioid misuse might be stabilizing, this analysis suggests that prevalence of suspected opioid overdose ED visits substantially increased,” the survey concludes.

Click here to read the survey.