The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality released a study Tuesday showing 1.27 million emergency room visits and inpatient stays in 2014, the latest year numbers were available. 

Introduction

Between 2005 and 2014 there was a dramatic increase nationally in hospitalizations involving opioids: the rate of opioid-related inpatient stays increased 64 percent, and the rate of opioid related emergency department (ED) visits nearly doubled.

In a series of Statistical Briefs, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is providing descriptive information on opioid related hospitalizations nationally and at the State level, based on data from the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) Fast Stats online tool. In a previous Statistical Brief, AHRQ reported that across States in 2014 the rate of opioid-related inpatient stays varied more than five-fold and the rate of opioid-related ED visits varied more than ten-fold. Rates were reported for each State at the overall State level.