Zulfiqar Rana, MD, MPH, FACP

Board Certified in Internal Medicine

Hazards: Misuse of Drugs Crowds Emergency Rooms

From The New York Times:

VITAL SIGNS: Hazards: Misuse of Drugs Crowds Emergency Rooms

Some 700,000 Americans are taken to the hospital each year after ingesting drugs, both legal and illegal, a new study reports. And the care costs nearly $1.4 billion in emergency room charges alone.

The study, published in the March issue of The American Journal of Emergency Medicine, was based on data from the 2007 Nationwide Emergency Department Sample, a government database that includes information on 27 million visits to 970 emergency rooms in 27 states…


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