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News by Topic: Emergency department and urgent care services

Emergency Department Data Show Rapid Increases in Opioid Overdoses
Mar 6, 2018 - Press release from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) highlighting their recently released report which found that emergency department visits related to suspected opioid overdoses increased 30% in the U.S. from July 2016 through September 2017, according to data collected from 45 states. Overdoses increased for men and women of all age groups and in all regions, but varies by state and by rural/urban classification.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Montana Father’s Heart Attack Leads Daughter into Medicine
Feb 8, 2018 - Highlights the sometimes life-and-death impacts of having physicians available in rural Montana. Through the Targeted Rural and Underserved Track (TRUST), which sends medical students to rural primary care settings, new doctors are encouraged to later practice in rural areas to improve access for patients. Only 8% of Montanans live within an hour of a major emergency room facility.
Source: The Daily Yonder
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Study: Opioid Use Curbed By Colorado Emergency Rooms
Jan 26, 2018 - Details the results of a six month Opioid Safety Pilot Study where emergency departments gave less-addictive alternatives to opioids. Participating hospitals came from both urban and rural areas.
Source: KUNC
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