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Alcohol and other drug use disorder treatment provided or offered at discharge

Excessive use of alcohol has a substantial harmful impact on health and society in the United States. Patients with substance-use problems have a greater risk for serious injury. Brief interventions, especially prior to the onset of addiction, significantly improve health. Similar benefits occur in those with addictive disorders who are referred to treatment. Hospitalization provides a prime opportunity to address substance use, and for many patients, controlling their other health problems requires addressing their substance use.

About this measure

This measure tracks the percent of hospitalized patients who are identified with alcohol or drug dependence who receive a prescription for medications for alcohol or drug dependence, or who receive a referral for addictions treatment.