In 2018, the months of January and February were not kind to those fighting the opioid crisis in the state of Connecticut. According to statistics, some 1,300 people went to emergency rooms across the state in those two months.
The statistics were released by the Department of Public Health. The release of these statistics is part of an effort to shed light on the opioid crisis and drug overdose issues in the state. The statistics will also help provide responses to drug overdoses and track the patterns. The county with the highest number of visits to the emergency room was New Haven County with 405 visits. The county with the lowest number of emergency rooms visits was New London County with 54 visits.
As of mid-March 2018, the opioid crisis is not showing any signs of slowing down not only in Connecticut but also across the country. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a Vital Signs report in the middle of March. The report stated that the number of visits to emergency rooms increased by 30 percent due to suspected opioid overdoses. This increase occurred from July 2016 to September 2017.
The report showed increases in overdoses in both men and women of all ages and in every geographic region of the United States. The report’s data might be able to help track overdoses and improve how emergency services department respond to these calls for service.
“The opioid crisis continues to grow throughout Connecticut,” Peter Billings of Billings & Barrett, said. “Fighting your way out of a drug addiction is difficult and can be downright impossible when faced with drug crimes charges.”
Connecticut’s increase in opioid overdoses from July 2016 to September 2017 by 30 percent is nowhere near the highest increase in the country for that timeframe. Connecticut came in towards the lower half of the list. The state with the biggest increase was Wisconsin at 108.6 percent. The state with the lowest increase was New Mexico at 8.3 percent.
Opioid addiction can occur in multiple ways: people can become addicted to medications prescribed to them for various injuries or illnesses or they could become addicted to opioids they purchase on the street. However, it is important to understand its impact to continue to fight it.