All numbers and rates pertain to place of residence (not occurrence).

If an Age group, Race, Sex, Ethnicity or Education Level are chosen, all rates/percentages include only the choices in both the numerator and denominator.

This Web Query contains ER-Inpatient Visits data for Drug Overdoses generally, and Opioid subsets specifically.

The categories are not mutually exclusive and as follows:

A) DRUG OVERDOSES: ER visit or hospitalization involving any drug overdose (caused by acute poisoning only. Excludes alcohol). May include any over-the-counter, prescription, or illicit drug. Specifically:

B) ALL OPIOIDS SUBSET: ER visit or hospitalization involving any opioid overdose. Includes prescription opioid pain relievers (e.g., hydrocodone, oxycodone, and morphine), opioids used to treat addiction (e.g., methadone), as well as heroin, opium, and synthetic opioids (e.g., tramadol and fentanyl that may be prescription or illicitly-manufactured). Specifically:

C) HEROIN: ER visit or hospitalization involving a heroin overdose. Specifically:

Note: ER visits and hospitalizations may represent multiple visits by the same individual. Also, figures are split roughly 61% ER, and 39% Hospital Discharge. Overall, ~1% were discharged dead (based on 2017-2019 data).

ICD10-CM Code Description

Poisoning by:

Clinical Modifications for Intent/Initial Visit:

6th Character:
7th Character:

Age-Adjusted Rate
A weighted average of the age-specific rates, where the weights are the proportions of persons in the corresponding age groups of a standard population. The calculation of an Age-Adjusted Rate uses the year 2000 U.S. standard million. Benefit: Controls for differences in age structure so that observed differences in rates across areas such as counties are not due solely to differences in the proportion of people in different age groups in different areas. Rates are per 100,000 population.
ER-Inpatient Visits
The number of ER Visits and Hospital Discharges from non-Federal, acute-care, inpatient facilities. Only ER Visits and Hospital Discharges of Georgia residents who were seen in a Georgia facility are included.
Patients can be counted more than once if readmitted. Patients who were admitted through the ER but subsequently admitted as an inpatient are counted only once.
ER Visits and Hospital Discharges include patients discharged living or dead.
Since the number and rate reflect only ER Visits/Hospital Discharges, they do not include all existing cases (prevalence) or new cases (incidence) among residents of Georgia. ER-Inpatient Visits are reported by date of discharge, not admitting date.
ER-Inpatient Visit Rate
Formula = [Number of ER-Inpatient visits / Population] * 100,000.
Hispanic or Latino includes persons of Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin, regardless of race. Non-Hispanic + Hispanic may not equal the total number of events due to persons of unknown ethnicity.
International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision, (ICD-10)
An alphanumeric coding scheme that replaces ICD-9, and used for mortality data since 1999. ICD-10 codes were developed by the World Health Organization Collaborating Centres for Classification of Diseases.
An age year grouping methodology based upon predictable mortality. Georgia uses the following Lifestages: <1 Infancy, 1-4 Early Childhood, 5-12 Later Childhood, 13-19 Adolescence, 20-29 Early Adulthood, 30-44 Young Adulthood, 45-59 Middle Adulthood, 60-74 Late Adulthood, and 75+ Older Adulthood. The highest value for age is 120 years.
Any county with 50,000 or more total population according to the United States decennial census of 2010 or any future such census (O.C.G.A. Section 31-6-2).
Payor is the primary entity responsible for payment of services. Values for Payor include:
Per the Federal Office of Management and Budget, Directive 15 (1997),
Any county having a population of less than 50,000 according to the United States decennial census of 2010 or any future such census (O.C.G.A. Section 31-6-2).

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