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Smoking and drug abuse could more than triple annual ER visits

from Medical Xpress

Smokers are four times more likely than non-smokers to become frequent visitors of emergency rooms. That is one of the findings uncovered by a preliminary study led by Jessica Castner, a University at Buffalo emergency room utilization researcher. The research – which sought to shed light on whether patients are replacing visits to their primary care physicians with trips to hospital ERs– also found that Americans with chronic diseases use both services equally and that, overall, medical care visits have soared in recent years. more

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