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NCJ Number: 204891 Find in a Library
Title: Highlights From DAWN: Washington, DC, 2002
Corporate Author: Westat
United States of America
Date Published: January 2004
Page Count: 4
Sponsoring Agency: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Admin (SAMHSA)
Rockville, MD 20857
Rockville, MD 20850
Sale Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Admin (SAMHSA)
US Dept of Health and Human Services
1 Choke Cherry Road
Rockville, MD 20857
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Statistics
Format: Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This DAWN (Drug Abuse Warning Network) report presents data on the number and types of drug-related visits to 15 hospitals in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area in 2002.
Abstract: Currently hospitals in the Washington area and 20 other metropolitan areas participate in the DAWN network, as they follow standard procedures for keeping records on cases that have involved medical treatment for drug abuse. This 2002 report for DAWN hospitals in the Washington area indicates that of the 1.3 million visits to the participating hospital emergency departments (ED's) in 2002, approximately 1 percent (10,554) were related to drug abuse. The most common drugs involved in these ED visits were alcohol in combination with other drugs, cocaine, marijuana, heroin, and phencyclidine (PCP). Between 2001 and 2002, the rate of PCP-related ED visits increased 143 percent, from 13 to 31 visits per 100,000 population. Among the 21 DAWN areas in 2002, Washington had one of the highest rates of ED visits that involved PCP. From 1995 to 2002, the rate of cocaine-related ED visits in Washington remained stable at 71 visits per 100,000 population. Washington's rate of marijuana-related ED visits in 2002 (55 visits per 100,000 population) was near the national average (47). From 1995 to 2002, the rate of heroin-related ED visits in Washington remained stable at 38 visits per 100,000 population. Figures are presented to show Washington's rate of ED visits for cocaine, heroin, marijuana, and PCP compared with the other 20 DAWN metro areas.
Main Term(s): Drug statistics
Index Term(s): Alcohol abuse; Cocaine; District of Columbia; Drug abuse; Drug effects; Drug information; Drug overdose; Drug Use Indicators; Heroin; Marijuana; Medical and dental services; PCP (phencyclidine hydrochloride); Trend analysis
Note: The DAWN Report, January 2004; downloaded March 31, 2004.
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