ER visit rate due to Alcohol/Substance use
Shows the age-adjusted emergency room visit rate for alcohol/substance use per 100,000 population. According to SAMHSA™s National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), more than half of all adults drink alcohol, with 6.6% meeting criteria for an alcohol use disorder. Among Americans aged 12 or older, the use of illicit drugs has increased over the last decade from 8.3% of the population using illicit drugs in the past month in 2002 to 9.4% (24.6 million people) in 2013. Of those, 8.2 million people met criteria for a substance use disorder in the past year. The misuse of prescription drugs is second only to marijuana as the nation™s most common drug problem after alcohol and tobacco, leading to troubling increases in opioid overdoses in the past decade.
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