A new Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) Statistical Brief, #224 — Patient Characteristics of Opioid-Related Inpatient Stays and Emergency Department Visits Nationally and by State, 2014 — based on AHRQ’s Fast Stats data shows that between 2005 and 2014, the national rate of opioid-related hospital stays increased substantially more for women than for men. Stays involving opioid pain relievers or heroin increased 75 percent for women and 55 percent for men during the same timeframe. By 2014, the rates of opioid-related hospitalizations for men and women were virtually identical (about 225 per 100,000 people). A new AHRQ infographic illustrates the States in which opioid-related hospitalization rates were higher among women than men in 2014.
- Patient Characteristics of Opioid-Related Inpatient Stays and Emergency Department Visits Nationally and by State, 2014. HCUP, AHRQ. June 2017 (PDF)
- AHRQ Infographic: Women Have Higher Rates of Opioid-related Hospitalizations in Most States