UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — The U.S. opioid epidemic appears to be getting worse.
New numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show a 30 percent increase in suspected opioid overdoses nationwide.
On March 6, acting CDC Director Anne Schuchat said overdoses were up across all regions, both sexes and most age groups in the third quarter of 2017.
The increase is most evident in the Midwest, where overdoses spiked 70 percent over the prior year.
Cases more than doubled in Wisconsin.
Schuchat recognizes the conversation usually revolves around the staggering number of opioid deaths (42,000 in 2016 alone). But she says that for every death “there are many more nonfatal cases, each one with its own emotional and economic toll.”
President Trump highlighted the crisis in his recent State of the Union address.
He’s calling for new funding for prevention and treatment as well as a crackdown on the opioid drug trade.