By News24.com, March 25, 2018 15:55:45More than 20,000 nursing homes in the US have closed as part of a sweeping sweeping federal opioid crisis.
The number of nursing homes closed is more than double the number that were actually opened.
In all, nearly 3,000 US nursing homes are currently in crisis.
The number of closed nursing homes rose by more than 100% last year, according to the American Nurses Association.
The number is even higher now that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has officially declared the opioid epidemic a public health emergency.
A total of 539 nursing homes across the US are closed due to the crisis.
A total number of deaths has increased by 3.6% from January through March.
According to the CDC, there have been 1,062 confirmed cases of opioid-related deaths in the United States since January, which is up from 664 in January and 648 in February.
It has also increased by more of the 6.4% of deaths from January to March.
In the last year alone, the number of Americans suffering from an opioid-induced illness has increased more than 500%.
It’s estimated that there were over 1.3 million opioid-involved deaths in 2015, a 5% increase from 2014.
With a surge in overdose deaths and deaths related to opioids, there are fears the epidemic is not over yet.
With a new coronavirus and a rise in opioid-linked deaths, it’s clear that the current crisis is far from over, the American Academy of Pediatrics said in a report released Monday.
‘We’re still not there’ ‘There are still many nursing homes that are still not fully staffed and the nursing staff is still overwhelmed with the challenges of the epidemic,’ said Nancy Gee, executive director of the American Association of Health Care Providers (AACH).
Gee noted that it takes two to three years for nursing homes to reopen.’
We still don’t have the capacity to do it on a regular basis,’ she said.’
If we do, then it will be even harder to put a dent in the epidemic.’
The AACH report also highlighted the lack of resources to address the crisis, particularly the opioid overdose crisis, and said the nation needs to be more proactive to reduce the deaths from opioids.
More than 4 million Americans are currently suffering from opioid-associated diseases, the AACH said.