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Alcohol and Other Drug Health Consequences

Data on the health consequences of alcohol and other drugs (AOD) are now available for deaths, hospitalizations and emergency department (ED) visits. Only drugs with the potential to cause substance use disorders or abuse and dependence are included (e.g., excludes anti-depressants). Health consequences include AOD poisoning (overdoses), mental disorders, and physical diseases 100% attributable to AOD, but not indirect consequences of AOD (e.g., motor vehicle injuries due to AOD impairment).

For deaths, the underlying cause of death is used to identify mental disorders and physical diseases, but multiple cause of death diagnoses are used to capture drug overdoses. This can lead to more than one substance diagnosis per death, thus the sum of the specific substance categories may be greater than the total number of overdose deaths. For hospital discharges and ED visits, AOD consequences can be displayed in two ways. “Principal diagnosis” includes only cases where the AOD diagnosis was the main or most serious condition. “Any mention of AOD” includes all cases with a diagnosed alcohol or drug condition, whether diagnosed as principal or secondary. For “Any mention” queries, more than one substance-related diagnosis may be found. Thus the sum of the specific substance categories may be greater than the total number of cases. In addition, numbers are based on treatment episodes, not individuals. Therefore an individual may be counted more than once in the same year. For more information on the methodology and criteria used, go to Help.

This query was developed with assistance and partial funding from the Substance Use Disorder Prevention, Treatment and Recovery Services Division, California Department of Health Care Services through a SAMHSA SFP-SIG grant.  2012 Hospital and ED data now available!



 
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From Age:   through Age: years old (Enter "0" to capture those < 1 year old)

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Note: By selecting both the “Other Drugs Only” in Drug Category and the “Poisoning Injuries” in Health Consequences category, information on individual substances is available for selection under the Specific Substance category and Intent is available under the Additional Details options

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