Rate of USA children hospitalized for opioid poisoning, overdoses doubles

Rate of USA children hospitalized for opioid poisoning, overdoses doubles

The number of hospitalizations that required admission to the pediatric intensive care unit also doubled.

For the study, researchers assessed hospitalization data compiled in the Pediatric Health Information System at 31 children's hospitals between 2004-15. Those age 12 to 17 made up 60 percent of opioid overdose admissions; the second-largest group was between one and five years old.

The number of children admitted to the hospital for opioid overdoses nearly doubled in a 10-year period, according to a study.

"The increasing number of adult drug prescriptions is strongly associated with rising pediatric exposures and poisonings; young children are at the greatest risk for exposure", the Chicago team wrote.

The researchers identified methadone ingestions, with almost 20 percent of children below 6 years old being admitted with methadone ingestion.

The study authors, from the University of Chicago Medicine, the Children's Hospital Association and Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, wrote that total financial costs associated with pediatric opioid overdoses also grew from 2004 to 2015.

Prescription opioids such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, and morphine are powerful painkillers. The drug can also depress the body's drive to breathe. Prolonged use of opioids can lead to addiction, misuse, and abuse.

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An estimated 2.4 million Americans have an opioid use disorder, according to federal estimates. Synthetic opioid overdoses killed 20,000 people in 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.

Many kids got into methadone, a narcotic used to treat adults addicted to painkillers. "Not only did the absolute number of opioid-related admissions increase but the rate of both hospital and PICU admissions increased as well".

Even more, 30% of the cases were young kids and toddlers, aged between 1 and 5, who have also been hospitalized with opioid overdoses. And while most children had overdosed on prescription opioids or illicit narcotics like heroin, a significant number of children under 6-about 20%-were treated for methadone overdoses. Almost 166 people die each day due to opioids, prompting the United States Department of Health and Human Services to declare opioid addiction a public health emergency.

Last Updated: March 05, 2018.

The study took the most recent look at the opioid epidemic sweeping the United States.

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