Numbers

HEALTH CARE

110.2 million Number of emergency-department (ED) patients in 2004, up from 93.4 million in 1994. The number of hospitals operating 24-hour EDs decreased 12% in that same period

150% Increase from 1997 to 2004 in average wait time for treatment for ED heart-attack patients, according to a Cambridge Health Alliance study. In 1997, it was 8 min.; in 2004, 20 min.

DRUG USE

3.1 million Number of people from age 12 to 25 who have used over-the-counter cough and cold medicines to get high

140 Number of nonprescription medications that contain the cough suppressant DXM, which in high doses...

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