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Opioid-related ED visits rose 53% among children within 5 years

Opioid-related ED visits rose 53% among children within 5 years
September 19, 2017

Read the Perspective from Daniel M. Fein, MD

CHICAGO — Every day in the United States, approximately 117 children in EDs test positive for opioid abuse or dependence, with reported annual numbers rising from 32,235 in 2008 to 49,626 in 2013, according to research presented at the AAP 2017 National Conference & Exhibition.

“Opioid abuse has been perceived as a problem, and it is definitely a problem in adults; yet our study has shown that there is clearly a problem in the pediatric age group,” Veerajalandhar Allareddy, MD, medical director of the pediatric intensive care unit at the University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital, told Infectious Diseases in Children in an interview. “However, this may be an underestimated problem because not all children are being tested, only the ones where the physician believes they are a concern. In our opinion, this is just the tip of the iceberg, skimming the very top of a pediatric public health crisis.”

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