The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new data last week showing that opioid overdoses went up by 30% from July 2016 through September 2017 in 52 areas in 45 states. That overall statistic was dwarfed by statistics in the Midwest that showed increases of 70 percent. The CDC released the information through a CDC Factsheet. The survey is based on regular data the CDC collects from emergency room visits.

The survey found that for men there was a 30 percent increase and women it is 24 percent. For people ages 25-34 31 percent, for ages 35-54 36 percent and for people 55 and older 32 percent. The CDC did not have data broken down for all states but they do indicate that the states of Wisconsin, Illinois Pennsylvania, and Delaware all experienced increases of more than 50 percent. The CDC also reported that there was a 54 percent increase in large cities based on surveys within 16 states.

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John Sciamanna is CWLA's Vice President of Public Policy.

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