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Percentage of ED discharges with opioid prescriptions U.S. 2006-2017, by strength

From 2010 to 2017, the rates at which opioids stronger than morphine were prescribed to adults discharged from U.S. emergency departments have decreased. In contrast, the rate of prescriptions for opioids weaker than morphine has increased from 3.2 percent in 2012-2013 to 5 percent in 2016-2017. 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 opioid strength.

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

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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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Statistics on "Opioid use in the U.S."

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