Quoting Rabbit™:" Do you think ERs are being abused more often these days? I don't mean for pills and what not, I'm talking ... [snip!] ... situations crowding up the ERs instead of utilizing urgent care centers or waiting until the doctor opens on Monday."
I think that people who go to the ER for pills are more concerning...
But I'm not really sure that it's abuse. Some people don't understand what an emergency truly is. I've went before when I probably shouldn't have for a migraine, but how do I know that it wasn't going to lead to something else if not stopped or examined? My kids have been for croup, but with asthma, I don't take the chance. These are usually over the weekend/after business hours for their clinic.
Some things seem trivial, but sometimes those "trivial" things can kill you. I don't risk waiting a weekend in those cases.