Drug disorders and cardiovascular disease: the impact on annual hospital length of stay for the Medicare population.

@article{Ingster1995DrugDA,
  title={Drug disorders and cardiovascular disease: the impact on annual hospital length of stay for the Medicare population.},
  author={Lillian M. Ingster and William S. Cartwright},
  journal={The American journal of drug and alcohol abuse},
  year={1995},
  volume={21 1},
  pages={93-110}
}
We studied 3,942,868 Medicare patients (comprised of elderly and disabled) discharged with cardiovascular disease (CVD) during 1987, of which 41,095 (1%) had a drug disorder. Among this small subgroup, the percent of those overlapping with an alcohol and/or mental disorder is 33% for the elderly and 47% for the disabled. The presence of a drug disorder… CONTINUE READING