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Percentage of ED discharges with opioid prescriptions U.S. 2006 to 2017, by age

From 2010 until 2017, the rates at which opioids have been prescribed to patients discharged from emergency departments has decreased from 25.5 percent to 15.3 percent among 18- to 44-year-old adults. In comparison, the rates of ED opioid prescriptions has slightly risen for adults over the age of 65 years from 2012 to 2017. This statistic shows the percentage of emergency department visits by adults at which opioids were prescribed at discharge in the U.S. from 2006 to 2017, by age.

Percentage of emergency department visits by adults at which opioids were prescribed at discharge in the U.S. from 2006 to 2017, by age

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Release date

January 2020

Region

United States

Survey time period

2006 to 2017

Age group

18 years and older

Special properties

Patients discharged from emergency departments

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