Monday, March 12, 2018

CDC COCA Webinar: Public Health Responses to Opioid Overdoses Treated in Emergency Departments


Last week, in advance of this week's webinar/COCA Call, the CDC released a brief summary on a larger Vital Signs report on the rapidly growing opioid crisis across the country.

Emergency Department Data Show Rapid Increases in Opioid Overdoses

Data from emergency departments (EDs) show that the U.S. opioid overdose epidemic continues to worsen, according to the latest Vital Signs report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The report examines the timeliest data available to CDC on ED visits for opioid overdoses across multiple states. Overall, ED visits (reported by 52 jurisdictions in 45 states) for suspected opioid overdoses increased 30 percent in the U.S., from July 2016 through September 2017. Opioid overdoses increased for men and women, all age groups, and all regions, but varied by state, with rural/urban differences. The findings highlight the need for enhanced prevention and treatment efforts in EDs and for greater access to evidence-based opioid use disorder treatments, including medication-assisted treatment and harm reduction services.

“Long before we receive data from death certificates, emergency department data can point to alarming increases in opioid overdoses,” said CDC Acting Director Anne Schuchat, M.D. “This fast-moving epidemic affects both men and women, and people of every age. It does not respect state or county lines and is still increasing in every region in the United States.”

Read the full press release here. For more information about opioid overdose and prevention including guidance to healthcare providers, click here.

Tomorrow afternoon (March 13th) the CDC will hold a combination COCA Call/Webinar on the public health response to this fast growing epidemic of opioid overdoses.
While primarily of interest to clinicians and healthcare providers, COCA (Clinician Outreach Communication Activity) calls are designed to ensure that practitioners have up-to-date information for their practices.
If you are unable to attend the live webinar the presentation is generally made available on the COCA website within a few days.

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

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Date: Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Time: 2:00-3:30 pm (Eastern Time)

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Please join the webinar with digital audio, video and presentation formats from a PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone or Android device.

At the time of the call, please click this link to join the webinar:

Or iPhone one-tap:
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US: +1 669 900 6833 or +1 408 638 0968 or +1 646 876 9923

Webinar ID: 662 731 210

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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 of overdoses treated in emergency departments are rising across all regions and require a coordinated response between public health, clinicians, public safety, and community organizations.
During this call, clinicians and public health practitioners will learn about the increases in opioid-related morbidity and steps they can take together to reverse these trends.

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