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Drug Abuse Warning Network: Findings from Drug-Related Emergency Department Visits, 2021

This report provides an analysis of final 2021 Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN) data, including: (1) nationally representative weighted estimates, including percent and unadjusted rates per 100,000, for all drug-related emergency department (ED) visits; (2) nationally representative weighted estimates for the top five drugs in drug-related ED visits; (3) an assessment of monthly trends and drugs involved in polysubstance ED visits in a subset of sentinel hospitals; and (4) the identification of drugs new to DAWN’s Drug Reference Vocabulary. A key report finding was that patients ages 18–25 had the second highest percentage of ED visits related to marijuana (26.77%) and fentanyl (16.77%).

This report, “Drug Abuse Warning Network: Findings from drug-related emergency department visits, 2021,” was produced by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

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