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ICU Opioid Admissions, Death Rising

May 20, 2016

(MedPage Today) – In-hospital opioid overdose deaths among intensive care patients in the United States have increased by a rate of 0.5% each month since 2009, and ICUs across the country are feeling the strain of dealing with a rising number of heroin and prescription opioid overdose patients, researchers reported here. A review of billing codes data involving 4.9 million ICU admissions at more than 200 hospitals in 44 states showed a 46% increase in ICU admissions for opioid overdoses during the 6-year period between 2009 and 2015, and an 86% increase in opioid deaths.

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