Overdose Deaths Have Risen at Alarming Rates over the Last Year
More than 83,000 Americans died of drug overdoses in the 12-month period ending June 2020, the most ever recorded in a single year, according to data from the CDC.
Weekly counts of all drug and opioid overdoses increased by as much as 45 percent from mid-April to October 2020 compared with the same weeks in 2019. -THE HILL
There are resources available to help healthcare professionals address the drug and opioid overdose emergency:
- Naloxone reverses opioid overdoses and is a life-saving drug when administered at the onset of an overdose. The Jefferson County Department of Health has developed online training for Naloxone administration and is making available free Naloxone kits to those that need them. To acquire a kit, please email JCDH or call 205-930-1065.
- The American Medical Association offers extensive information on the current overdose crisis. Two recent articles, As COVID-19 surges, AMA sounds alarm on nation’s overdose epidemic and The opioid epidemic: What is the physician’s responsibility? explore the current crisis and identify resources for medical professionals.
- The CDC offers a library of information on overdose prevention.
- The Alabama Department of Mental Health also offers a list of resources to assess and assist people with the potential for overdose.
Please take a moment to review these resources. As medical professionals, you have the opportunity to detect and potentially mitigate or avoid intentional and accidental overdoses in your patients.