Pharmaceutical abuse sent more than 350,000 people to the ER in 2016

People ages 15–34 made up nearly half of these emergency room visits

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MISUSE EMERGENCY An estimated 358,000 trips to the emergency department in 2016 resulted from the misuse of pharmaceuticals, and 41 percent of those people were admitted to the hospital.


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