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Distribution of opioid prescriptions at ED discharge U.S. 2006-2017, by opioid type

From 2006 to 2017, the proportion of acetaminophen-hydrocodone prescriptions for adults at discharge from emergency rooms has decreased from 55.6 percent of all opioid prescriptions at discharge to 41.5 percent. In contrast, the percentage of tramadol prescriptions, a weaker opioid, has increased from 6.7 percent to 21.1 percent during the same time period. This statistic shows the percentage of opioid prescriptions at emergency room discharge in the U.S. from 2006 to 2017, by opioid type.

Distribution of opioid prescriptions at emergency room discharge in the U.S. from 2006 to 2017, by opioid type

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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

Supplementary notes

* Morphine equivalent
** Weaker than morphine
*** Stronger than morphine

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