Drug-related hospital emergency room visits remained virtually flat from 1994 to 1995, the federal government said in its annual National Drug Survey released last week.
The survey said there were nearly 532,000 drug-related trips to emergency rooms in 1995, up from 518,500 in 1994.
One troubling statistic found in the report was that the number of heroin-related trips to emergency rooms rose almost 20% in 1995 to 76,000 episodes.
The number of cocaine-related episodes remained virtually unchanged: 142,500 in 1995 vs. 142,900 in 1994.
The statistics were compiled by the Drug Abuse Warning Network, which tracks hospital emergency room activity.