How to spot an over-the-counter opioid drug overdose at a nursing home
The CDC says opioid overdoses are up in nursing homes, and the number of opioid overdose deaths has doubled in the past five years.
In the last five years, the CDC reported more than 2,100 deaths linked to opioids, with many of those being attributed to methadone and oxycodone.
“We’ve seen a dramatic increase in the use of opioids over the past 5 years, and it’s a major concern,” CDC Chief Scott Follmer said on Tuesday.
“We know that methadones and oxytocin are the two drugs that are the most commonly abused drugs, and they’re also the most dangerous, so there are a lot of people out there who are abusing those drugs.”
Follmer told CNN that the CDC has issued a new guidance for the community, which includes reminding people to use an antidote to methacostasone in a hospital setting, not a nursing facility, to reduce the risk of overdose.
The CDC has also said it will conduct its own research to determine the effectiveness of the new guidelines, which are meant to help improve the lives of the nursing home community.
“Our focus has been to get people back into the community so they can get better care, so that’s what we’re trying to do, to help those patients get better,” Follmers said.
“I think this is the right time for this.
I think we need to have a conversation about what’s working and what’s not.”
Fellow CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden said that the new CDC guidelines are an important step forward, but he also urged people to keep the drug in their system for at least 24 hours.
“There are a number of drugs that can cause addiction in a short amount of time,” Frieden told CNN.
“If someone is using methadons, then there are other drugs that they can be abusing that are not methadon, that can have a long-term impact on your life, too.
And so it’s important that you’re not using methads for that long, and there are drugs that we know work really well.”
Frieden added that the best way to prevent people from abusing opioids is to have someone with a prescription in their care.
“If you’re getting help, you’re probably going to be doing the right thing,” he said.
“So you have to have that in place, because you have an addiction, you have a drug problem.”