Young Patients Make Up Half of Nonmedical Prescription Drug ER Visits

March 6, 2019

(UPI) – As the United States continues to grapple with the years long opioid epidemic, new research shows that an overwhelming amount of overdoses — at least among those who go to the emergency room — is occurring in young users. Adults under age 35 make up more than 50 percent of visits to emergency rooms for nonprescription drug use, according to a new report from the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

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