Opioid-Related Hospital Use Down for Some, Not All

The Health Policy Commission (HPC) released this report last week tracking hospital emergency department (ED) and inpatient use in the battle against the opioid use disorder.
The main takeaway is that the concerted efforts by hospitals, the general healthcare community, and the state has resulted in a decline (2.3%) in opioid-related hospital utilization in Massachusetts between 2016 and 2017. But opioid-related hospital use varies in Massachusetts based on patient age, income, race/ethnicity, and geographic region, highlighting where there is further work to be done. This HPC powerpoint lays out the issue in detail.