Hospital Admits For Heroin, Painkiller Overdose Rose Sharply In Last Decade

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Hospital Admits For Heroin and Painkiller Overdose Rose Sharply In Last Decade

According to the U.S Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) report, hospital admissions due to heroin and painkiller overdose climbed 64% in the U.S. between 2005-2014. As abuse and addiction related to prescription drugs and heroin increased, so did the number of hospital stays, which jumped from 137 per 100,00 to 225 per 100,000 during the 10-year period.

Dr. Andy Bindman, director for the UAHRQ:

“These new data provide vital insights into the trends that are shaping one of the nation’s most pressing health challenges.”

“With updated information about state and regional variations in opioid-related hospital care, we’re increasing our potential to develop effective strategies to tackle the crisis.”

The increase, however, reflected a wide variation between states. For example, North Carolina, Oregon, South Dakota and Washington all required at least 70% more hospital beds during the the decade examined.

Additionally, in 2014, the last year analyzed, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island and West Virginia all reported rates over 300 per 100,000 persons.


“ “open the door to valuable insights about the growing burdens that opioid misuse are placing on hospitals and emergency departments. It’s our hope that public health leaders, policymakers and others will use to further target and evaluate their efforts to confront the crisis.”

It is estimated that 90 Americans die every day from a heroin or painkiller overdose. Misuse of opioids costs the U.S. over $20 billion per year in emergency care and hospital treatment.

According to the Centers for Disease and Prevention, since 1999, opioid overdoses have quadrupled in the nation. Opioid abuse and addiction have increased dramatically, and so have the number of babies born addicted to opioids.

G. Nathalee Serrels, M.A. Psychology

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