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Correction: The original data for this entry, posted on Wednesday, July 26, 2017, included a transcription error that affected the results for 34 zip codes in the South Coast and Cape Cod regions.
Later this summer, the HPC will publish a chartpack updating the data from the 2016 Opioid Use Disorder Report in order to better understand the impact of the epidemic on the health care system from 2011 to 2015.From 2011 to 2015, there was a 12% increase in opioid-related discharges among patients ages 20 to 24, a 78% increase among patients ages 35 to 44, and a striking 192% increase among patients ages 25 to 34.Despite accounting for only 34% of the Commonwealth’s population in 2015, patients between the ages of 20 to 44 comprised 70% of opioid-related hospital discharges.The largest annual growth rate during this time period occurred between 20 when the number of opioid-related hospital discharges grew 18%.Source: HPC analysis of the Center for Health Information and Analysis (CHIA), Hospital Inpatient Discharge and Emergency Department Databases, 20As shown in the map below, though some geographic variation exists in opioid-related hospital discharges, this epidemic has affected every region in the Commonwealth.
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