More Opioid-Related Emergency Visits, No Change in Illicit Drug Use Treatment
Emergency department (ED) visits for opioid-related diagnoses grew by an average of 12.3% per year, 2014-2017, but access to treatment for illicit drug use at a specialty facility (i.e., inpatient or outpatient drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility, hospital, or mental health center) did not change 2015-2018. An AHRQ data spotlight (PDF, 825 KB) describes how EDs could improve care by linking patients to specialty treatment programs for illicit drug use.
- ED Visits: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project, Nationwide Inpatient Sample and Nationwide Emergency Department Sample, 2017.
- Access to Treatment: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality, National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 2018.