Stimulant-related emergency department visits rise 300 percent among younger adults

August 16, 2013

A new report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) shows that some drug-related emergency department (ED) visits increased by 300 percent — from 5,605 visits in 2005 to 22,949 visits in 2011. These visits, made by adults aged 18 to 34, were related to the nonmedical use of central nervous system (CNS) stimulants. On average, about 30 percent of these visits also involved alcohol. In 2011 there were approximately 1.24 million ED visits related to the nonmedical use of pharmaceuticals, which include prescription and over-the-counter medications as well as supplements.

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