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Opioid abuse-related deaths up fourfold in US hospitals

An analysis of federal hospital data showed that inpatient mortality from opioid-related hospitalizations rose more than fourfold from 0.43% in 2000 to 2.02% in 2014, while admissions for opioid and heroin poisoning rose and admissions for opioid abuse fell. The findings, published in Health Affairs, might indicate more cases of dependence are being handled in community settings with only serious cases handled at hospitals, said researcher Zirui Song.

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