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Title: Drug Abuse Warning Network Annual Emergency Department Data, 1997
Author(s): Peter Blood
Corporate Author: Westat
United States of America
Editor(s): A. Joseph Stribling
Project Director: Josefina Moran
Date Published: August 1999
Page Count: 169
Sponsoring Agency: NCJRS Photocopy Services
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
SAMHSA's National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information
Rockville, MD 20852
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Admin (SAMHSA)
Rockville, MD 20857
Rockville, MD 20850
Publication Number: (SMA) 99-3331
Sale Source: SAMHSA's National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information
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United States of America

NCJRS Photocopy Services
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Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report presents estimates of emergency department visits related to drug abuse in 1997, using data from the Drug Abuse Warning Network’s representative sample of 470 non-Federal, short-stay, general medical and surgical hospitals with 24-hour emergency department facilities.
Abstract: An estimated 527,058 drug-related emergency department episodes involving 943,937 drug mentions occurred during the year. Fifty-four percent of the episodes involved more than one drug. Alcohol-in-combination was the most frequently mentioned drug nationwide with 171,982 mentions, followed by cocaine (161,087 mentions), heroin/morphine (72,010 mentions), and marijuana/hashish (67,744 mentions). The total number of drug abuse episodes did not change from 1996 to 1997 overall or by gender or race/ethnicity of the individual. Increases in mentions occurred from 1996 to 1997 for methamphetamine/speed and marijuana/hashish. Fifty-one percent of the episodes involved males; 48 percent involved females. Twelve percent of the episodes involved persons ages 6-17 years, 20 percent involved persons ages 18-25 years, 26 percent involved persons ages 26-34 years, and 42 percent involved persons ages 35 and older. Suicide was the motive for drug use in 36 percent of the episodes; drug dependence was the motive in 34 percent of the episodes. Tables and appended methodological information, glossary, reporting form, and additional findings
Main Term(s): Drug overdose
Index Term(s): Controlled Substances; Drug statistics; Emergency operations centers; Hospitals; Medical and dental services
Note: SAMHSA Drug Abuse Warning Network Series: D-9
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