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Missouri's Fentanyl Problem: State Recently Topped Nation In Rate For Overdose Deaths

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Missouri reflects the national trends, with most drug overdose fatalities related to opioids. Recent trends nationally show an overall decrease in death rates from opioids, including prescription opioids and heroin. Missouri deviated from this trend recently and for a brief time was the state with the largest absolute and percentage per year increase in opioid-related overdose fatality rates.

Rates per capita rose in 2018 over the previous year (18.3 percent and 3.1/100,000). This increase occurred despite an overall national decrease in U.S. opioid-related death rates in the same period.

Michigan Government Working With EMS to Reduce Opioid Overdose Deaths

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LANSING, MI — In honor of Overdose Awareness Day, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is launching a new program with emergency medical services (EMS) providers to further prevent opioid overdose deaths.

EMS providers will give overdose survivors extra naloxone kits, the medication that reverses opioid overdoses.

In 2018, overdoses killed 2,599 Michigan citizens. Nearly 80 percent of those deaths involved opioids. Overdose Awareness Day memorializes the individuals whose lives have been lost to an overdose, and marks an occasion to offer support to the family, friends and communities impacted by this epidemic.

Issue brief: Reports of increases in opioid-related overdose and other concerns during Covid pandemic

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As the COVID-19 global pandemic continues, so does the nation’s opioid epidemic. The AMA is greatly concerned by an increasing number of reports from national, state and local media suggesting increases in opioid-related mortality—particularly from illicitly manufactured fentanyl and fentanyl analogs. More than 40 states have reported increases in opioid-related mortality as well as ongoing concerns for those with a mental illness or substance use disorder in counties and other areas within the state. This also includes new reports about the need for evidence-based harm reduction services, including sterile needle and syringe services and naloxone. 

COVID-19 hurting efforts to combat overdose deaths; Knox Co. DA looks to community for help

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KNOX COUNTY, Tenn — August 31 is Overdose Awareness Day, and Knox County District Attorney General Charme Allen presented a report Monday in hopes of bringing awareness to recent trends and efforts to try and curb the number of overdoses locally.

So far in 2020, 218 people in Knox County have died to suspected overdose. That's much higher than at this point in 2019, when the number of suspected overdoses sat at 170 at the end of August.

U.S. Sees Deadly Drug Overdose Spike During Pandemic

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New data from around the U.S. confirms that drug overdoses are spiking during the coronavirus pandemic, rising by roughly 18%.

Reports collected in real time by the Washington, D.C.-based group ODMAP — the Overdose Detection Mapping Application Program, located at the University of Baltimore — also found a significant spike in the number of fatal overdoses.

"Overdose clusters have shifted from traditional centralized urban locations to adjacent and surrounding suburban and rural areas," said ODMAP program manager Aliese Alter.

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