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Drug Overdose Sending More Americans to the ED
Drug overdoses send more than 1 million Americans to the emergency department (ED) each year, and the number is rising, according to a new data brief from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS).
A substantial portion of drug-poisoning visits involve analgesics, antipyretics, and antirheumatics, as well as sedatives, hypnotics, tranquilizers, and other psychotropic agents.
"Poisoning is the leading cause of injury-related mortality in the United States, with more than 40,000 deaths annually. Drugs account for 90% of poisoning deaths, and the number of deaths from drug poisoning has increased substantially in recent years," Michael Albert, MD, MPH, and colleagues from the NCHS note in their article.