Opioid abuse and poisoning: Trends in inpatient and emergency department discharges

Dario Tedesco, Steven M. Asch, Catherine Curtin, Jennifer Hah, Kathryn M. McDonald, Maria P. Fantini, Tina Hernandez-Boussard

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Abstract

Addressing the opioid epidemic is a national priority.We analyzed national trends in inpatient and emergency department (ED) discharges for opioid abuse, dependence, and poisoning using Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project data. Inpatient and ED discharge rates increased overall across the study period, but a decline was observed for prescription opioid-related discharges beginning in 2010, while a sharp increase in heroin-related discharges began in 2008.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1748-1753
Number of pages6
JournalHealth Affairs
Volume36
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2017
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy

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