Most overdoses now taken to ER are for painkillers

October 28, 2014 2:01 PM

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Most overdoses now taken to ER are for painkillers

As America continues to battle an opiate epidemic, a new study published in JAMA Internal Medicine finds around 68 percent of emergency hospital visits from overdoses are due to prescription opioid overdoses—more than any other opioid types.

Researchers from Stanford University School of Medicine in California recorded the number of opioid overdoses from diagnostic codes in the 2010 Nationwide Emergency Department Sample. They found 135,971 ER visits were classified as opioid overdoses. These were broken down into 67.8 percent from pres...

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