Preliminary Findings from 2021 Report on Drug-Related Emergency Department Visits

SAMHSA recently released the Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN) 2021 preliminary report on drug-related emergency department (ED) visits. The report identified 141,529 drug-related ED visits for 2021 from 52 participating hospitals, with the top drugs involving alcohol, opioids, methamphetamine, marijuana, and cocaine. DAWN’s report also found decreasing trends of alcohol, methamphetamine, marijuana, and heroin-related ED visits but increases for fentanyl and unspecified narcotic analgesics.

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