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CDC reports rising opioid-related emergency room visits

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Springfield, Mo. -- (3/6/2018) Emergency room visits for opioid overdoses are skyrocketing across the country.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report on Tuesday showing the midwest had the highest increase of emergency room visits for opioid overdoses in any region, which is up an average 70 percent in just over a year. Missouri's rate increased by 21 percent.

The CDC recommends a better response to drug addiction and overdose to fight the issue, including broader access to the overdose prevention drug narcan.

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