Opioid-related hospital visit rates higher in ERC, but rising like the rest of the nation

From 2005 and 2014 the national rate of opioid-related ED visits almost doubled and inpatient hospital stays rose by 64.1% according to a new report by AHRQ. Unfortunately ERC states are among the highest in the nation on both measures. Massachusetts had by far the highest ED rates in 2014 at two and a half times the national rate. Maryland topped the 2014 list for opioid-related inpatient stays. In better news, ERC states’ growth in those rates from 2009 to 2014 was more modest.

Compared to US average

 

Opioid-related inpatient stays per capita, 2014 Growth in inpatient stays, 2009 – 2014 Opioid-related ED visits, 2014 Growth in ED visit rates, 2009 – 2014
CT 28% higher 20% worse 37% higher 42% better
MD 61% higher 39% better 62% higher 31% worse
MA 42% higher 56% worse 149% higher 14% worse
NJ 16% higher 62% worse 17% higher 23% better
NY 49% higher 4% worse 2% higher 15% worse
PA 8% higher 179% worse    
RI 48% higher 129% worse 62% higher 16% worse
VT 75% higher 192% worse 12% higher 73% better