A new report from AHRQ provides the most recent state- and county-level statistical analysis of hospitalizations related to the four most common types of substance-related care: alcohol, opioids, cannabis and stimulants. The analysis is based on 2013-15 data from 31 states that provide data to AHRQ’s Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP), the nation’s most comprehensive source of hospital data. North Carolina is identified as one of top states for both cannabis- and stimulant-related stays.

Among the report’s highlights:

  • Alcohol-related stays in Rhode Island and Massachusetts (80 and 71 percent of counties in the top quintile) cost an average of $98 and $95 per resident annually, respectively.
  • Opioid-related stays in West Virginia and Massachusetts (66 and 64 percent of counties in the top quintile) cost $33 and $39 per resident annually, respectively.
  • Cannabis-related stays in North Carolina, Maryland, and Rhode Island (45, 40, and 40 percent of counties in the top quintile) cost $16, $24, and $22 per resident annually, respectively.
  • Stimulant-related stays in California and North Carolina (63 and 56 percent of counties in the top quintile) cost $32 and $15 per resident annually, respectively.

Overall, from 2013 to 2015, there was an average of one substance-related inpatient stay annually for every 100 people in the United States.

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