Outbreak Report: Opioid-Related Overdose - Huntington, West Virginia, August 2016

This report, published January 27, 2017 by the Office of Epidemiology and Prevention Services with the West Virginia Department of Health & Human Resources, is an outbreak report developed in response to an opioid-related overdose incident that occured in Huntington, West Virginia on August 15, 2016.

May 24, 2017

Overdose Surveillance Committee (ODSC)

The mission of Overdose Surveillance Committee (ODSC) group is to organize and connect community members who are interested in overdose surveillance to discuss various issues concerning to this topic.

To learn more about the committee and participate in its activities, join the bimonthly calls scheduled for the first Friday every two months, from 1 - 2 pm ET. Look at the group calendar to find the next call!

 

November 30, 2018

Going Beyond Chief Complaints to Identify Opioid-Related Emergency Department Visits

Overdoses of heroin and prescription opioids are a growing cause of mortality in the United States. Deaths from opioids have contributed to a rise in the overall mortality rate of middle-aged white males during an era when other demographics are experiencing life expectancy gains. A successful public health intervention to reverse this mortality trend requires a detailed understanding of which populations are most affected and where those populations live.

July 06, 2017

Characterizing Fentanyl-Associated Mortality using the Literal Causes of Death

In October 2015, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released health advisory #384 to inform people about increases in fentanyl fatalities. Florida’s statewide syndromic surveillance system, Electronic Surveillance System for the Early Notification of Community-based Epidemics (ESSENCE-FL), captures electronic death record data in near real time which allows for the monitoring of mortality trends across the state.

August 15, 2017

Prescription Opioid Abuse: Gleaning insights from hospital and vital records data

There is a resurgence in the need to evaluate the economic burden of prescription drug hospitalizations in the United States. We used the Wisconsin 2014 Hospital Discharge data to examine opioid related hospitalization incidence and costs. Fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid, is frequently being used for as an intraoperative agent in anesthesia, and post-operative recovery in hospitals. According to a 2013 study, synthetic Fentanyl is 40 times more potent than heroin and other prescription opioids; the strength of Fentanyl leads to substantial hospitalizations risks.

March 14, 2017

Development of Syndrome Definitions for Acute Unintentional Drug and Heroin Overdose

Nationally, deaths due to opioid overdose have continually increased for the past 15 years . Deaths specifically related to heroin increased more than four-fold between 2002 and 2014. Hospital inpatient discharge data provide information on non-fatal overdoses, but include a significant lag in reporting time. Syndromic ED visit data provide near real-time identification of public health issues and can be leveraged to inform public health actions on the emerging threat of drug overdose.

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May 27, 2017

Builiding Methods for a Proactive Prescription Drug Surveillance System

Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMPs) are operating in 49 states and several U.S. territories.

June 08, 2017

CDC June 2016 Community of Practice Webinar Recording

Drs. Arens, Vo, van Wijk, and Coffin will present a cluster of opioid-related poisoning cases and deaths in San Francisco following ingestion of counterfeit pills designed to look like prescription medication. They will describe the clinical cases and detailed the coordinated public health response, which included the local PCC, a toxicology lab, a public health officer, the local medical examiner, and affected hospitals.

Presenters:

Ann Arens, MD and Kathy Vo, MD, Medical Toxicology Fellows, California Poison Control System, San Francisco Division 

April 10, 2017

From Ebola to Heroin; the Use of EMS Data for Near Real Time Alerting and Surviellance

Arguably the two most significant public health issues over the past two years have been the outbreak of ebola in West Africa and the rising epidemic of heroin use and overdoses. In the case of Ebola, the CDC issued guidance for inpatient facilities to screen for potential cases, however, there was little guidance for screening patients that presented to EMS workers. The West African pateint aht presented to the Emergency Department in Dallas was transported, unknowingly, by EMS, potentially exposing them and others to this deadly disease.

August 31, 2017

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