Costly Opioid-Related Hospital Stays

HCUP Statistical Brief, No. 219

Opioid-related hospital stays increased nationwide by 64 percent from 2005 to 2014, according to an AHRQ’s Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project report offering new insights into the Nation’s costly opioid epidemic. Trends in opioid-related hospital stays varied widely among States, with rates increasing more than 70 percent in North Carolina, Oregon, South Dakota, and Washington, for example, while declining in Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, and Maryland.

Opioid-Related Inpatient Stays and Emergency Department Visits by State features data from AHRQ’s Fast Stats, an online resource that provides inpatient and emergency department data. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has declared the rise in overdoses linked to opioids, including prescription painkillers and heroin, an epidemic. The Department initiated several strategies to help Americans struggling with opioid addiction, including AHRQ’s series of grants totaling $12 million to address delivering medication-assisted treatment for opioid abuse in rural primary care practices.

Select to access a press release on AHRQ’s report, an infographic that shows State variations in opioid-related hospital stays, and AHRQ Director Andy Bindman’s AHRQ Views blog post on efforts to reduce opioid misuse.

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