Statistics from 2007 emergency room visits have been compiled, and 12 million of those visits (roughly one in eight) involved substance abuse, mental health, or both, according to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Depression was the most frequent concern, followed by anxiety disorders and alcohol-related problems. While accounting for one eighth of all ER visits, mental health and substance abuse visits were more than twice as likely to require admission to the hospital. These statistics underscore the importance of providing those with mental health and substance abuse issues effective therapy and treatment. Ideally, therapy and prevention could reduce the number of people who find themselves in crisis situations that end up in the emergency room.
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