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Drug Related Emergency Room Visits Increase

In recent years, visits to the emergency room as a result of a drug overdose have increased significantly. The Drug Abuse Warning Network issue a report annually on the number of emergency room visits that are drug related in the United States. Following are some statistics from the report released in 2011.

Drug Related Emergency Room Visits

  • In 2011, there were 2,462,948 emergency room visits related to drug misuse or abuse. This is equal to 6,747 visits per day.
  • Visits related to the abuse or misuse of pharmaceuticals was the largest single category, with 835,275 visits. This is a 148% increase since 2004.
  • Visits as a result of combinations of either illicit drugs with alcohol, illicit drugs with pharmaceuticals, alcohol with pharmaceuticals, or illicit drugs with alcohol and pharmaceuticals totaled 853,995.
  • In 2004, the number of drug related emergency room visits was 1,619,056, and this number increased every year from 2004 to 2011 except for in 2005. Altogether drug related emergency room visits saw a 52% increase from 2004-2011.

If you or someone you know is struggling with alcohol or substance addiction, there is help available. At The Bergand Group in Baltimore, MD our therapists have over twenty years’ experience in the mental health and addiction fields. Our focus is on providing comprehensive mental health care and appropriate care for addictive disorders. We offer both alcohol rehabilitation and drug rehabilitation. To speak with someone at our office, please call us at 410-853-7691.

About The Bergand Group:

The Bergand Group is located in Lutherville, MD under the careful supervision of Dr. John Steinberg and Dr. Paul Giannandrea. The pair has created a true Dual Diagnosis and Co-Occurring Disorder treatment program in The Bergand Group. Two complimentary doctors to provide a setting in which patients can be treated and in which clinicians can work that embodies the core principles Dr. Steinberg and Dr. Giannandrea have held to in over 25 years of practice to form the Bergand Group.

As the treatment of mental health and addiction disorders requires addressing each patient’s individual needs, the ability to individualize that treatment is essential. The Bergand Group offers varying levels of intensity in outpatient services, both individual and group. Efforts are made to match clients with appropriate therapists. Pharmacologic therapy, drug monitoring and prescribing, use of antagonist and blocking agents, buprenorphine- both detox and maintenance, are offered.

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