Opioid Overuse on the Rise: More Widespread Across the United States

Opioid Overuse on the Rise: More Widespread Across U.S. This infographic shows data for three factors affected by Opioid Overuse: Hospitalizations, Costs, and Demographics.  The first graph, for Hospitalizations, is a line graph showing data for 2002-2012 on Rate of Stays per 100,000 Population. This graph shows data increasing from slightly over 200 per 100,000 in 2002 to approximately 300 per 100,000 in 2012. Between 2002 and 2012, the rate of hospitalizations for opioid overuse among adults 18 years and older increased by more than 60 percent.  By 2012, U.S. hospitals recorded a total of 709,500 opioid-related hospitalizations. Rates were highest in the Northeast and Midwest regions.  The second graph, for Costs, is a bar chart showing Out-of-Pocket Cost and Total Expenditures (in billions of dollars) for 2002-2012.  Total out-of-pocket spending began at slightly over $2 billion in 2002 and fell by more than 30 percent through 2012, while total spending on prescription opioids (painkillers like morphine, codeine, fentanyl, and oxycodone) more than doubled between 2002 and 2012, from $4.1 billion to $9 billion. The third graph, Demographics, shows a multiple line plot of the Rate of Stays per 100,000 Population for several age groups: 18-24, 25-44, 45-64, 65-84 and 85+.  The beginning (2002) and ending (2012) data points for each group per 100,000 were approximately as follows:18-24: 110 and 220, 25-44: 280 and 300, 45-64: 180 and 325, 65-84: 110 and 220, 85+: 150 and 250.In 2002, young adults between the ages of 25 and 44 had the highest hospitalization rates for opioid overuse.  Over the next 10 years, hospitalization rates for other groups grew more rapidly. The highest rate is currently in adults between the ages of 45 and 64.

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Sources: Pamela L. Owens, Ph.D., Marguerite L. Barrett, M.S., Audrey J. Weiss, Ph.D., Raynard E. Washington, Ph.D., and Richard Kronick, Ph.D., AHRQ Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) Statistical Brief #177: Hospital Inpatient Utilization Related to Opioid Overuse Among Adults, 1993-2012

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Page originally created August 2014
Internet Citation: Opioid Overuse on the Rise: More Widespread Across the United States. Content last reviewed August 2018. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. https://www.ahrq.gov/data/infographics/opioid-overuse.html
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