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Substance Abuse Counseling Program Article on ICU and Opioid Cases

ICU admissions are seeing a dramatic increase due to the recent Opioid epidemic striking our nation.

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ICU’s are swelling with overdose cases
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The article, Surge in ICU admissions linked to opioid overdoses, by Cesar Gamboa states

“Admissions to intensive care units related to opioid overdoses have increased rapidly over a nearly seven-year period, a new study reveals.

“This is the first description of how the epidemic is hitting the most resource-intense parts of our health care system,” said Dr. Jennifer Stevens, lead researcher and associate director of the intensive care unit at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.

The information — collected between January 1, 2009, and September 31, 2015 — exposed a 34 percent increase in these types of admissions, as well as a surge in ICU deaths linked to opioids which nearly doubled.

“This study tells us two important things,” she said. “First, there are growing numbers of people who are so sick from their opioid overdose that they need ICU-level care. Second, despite everything we can do in the ICU, more patients are dying in the ICU with complications from their overdose than ever before.”

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