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AHRQ HCUP Statistical Brief: Geographic Variation in Inpatient Stays for Five Leading Substance Use Disorders, 2016-2018

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During 2016 through 2018, inpatient stays for alcohol-related disorders were concentrated in the Midwest, parts of Appalachia, Nevada and Rhode Island, while stays for opioid-related disorders were concentrated in Appalachia and New Jersey, according to findings from an AHRQ Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) Statistical Brief: Geographic Variation in Inpatient Stays for Five Leading Substance Use Disorders, 2016-2018.

This HCUP Statistical Brief presents 3-year aggregate statistics on national, State, and substate regional variation in inpatient stays for Substance Use Disorders (SUDs) among patients of all ages at community hospitals (excluding rehabilitation and long-term care hospitals) using the 2016-2018 National Inpatient Sample (NIS) and the 2016-2018 State Inpatient Databases (SID). Geographic areas are based on the patient ZIP Code of residence. This Statistical Brief focuses on the five leading SUD principal diagnoses for inpatient stays in the United States: alcohol-related disorders, opioid-related disorders, stimulant-related disorders, sedative-related disorders, and cannabis-related disorders. Statistics are presented for 38 States that, at the time this Statistical Brief was written, had released aggregate 2016-2018 data through the Community-Level Statistics path of HCUPnet, an online query tool for county- and substate region-level statistics. These States represented 80 percent of the U.S. population in 2018.

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AHRQ, Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project Statistical Brief #289, Geographic Variation in Inpatient Stays for Five Leading Substance Use Disorders, 2016-2018.

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