2021 ICD-10-CM Code F55

Abuse of non-psychoactive substances

Version 2021

Not Valid for Submission

F55 is a non-specific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of abuse of non-psychoactive substances. The code is not specific and is NOT valid for the year 2021 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions. Category or Header define the heading of a category of codes that may be further subdivided by the use of 4th, 5th, 6th or 7th characters.

ICD-10:F55
Short Description:Abuse of non-psychoactive substances
Long Description:Abuse of non-psychoactive substances

Code Classification

Specific Coding for Abuse of non-psychoactive substances

Non-specific codes like F55 require more digits to indicate the appropriate level of specificity. Consider using any of the following ICD-10 codes with a higher level of specificity when coding for abuse of non-psychoactive substances:

  • BILLABLE CODE - Use F55.0 for Abuse of antacids
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use F55.1 for Abuse of herbal or folk remedies
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use F55.2 for Abuse of laxatives
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use F55.3 for Abuse of steroids or hormones
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use F55.4 for Abuse of vitamins
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use F55.8 for Abuse of other non-psychoactive substances

Tabular List of Diseases and Injuries

The Tabular List of Diseases and Injuries is a list of ICD-10 codes, organized "head to toe" into chapters and sections with coding notes and guidance for inclusions, exclusions, descriptions and more. The following references are applicable to the code F55:


Type 2 Excludes

Type 2 Excludes
A type 2 excludes note represents "Not included here". An excludes2 note indicates that the condition excluded is not part of the condition represented by the code, but a patient may have both conditions at the same time. When an Excludes2 note appears under a code, it is acceptable to use both the code and the excluded code together, when appropriate.

Information for Patients


Drug Abuse

Also called: Substance abuse

Drug abuse is a serious public health problem that affects almost every community and family in some way. Each year drug abuse causes millions of serious illnesses or injuries among Americans. Abused drugs include

Drug abuse also plays a role in many major social problems, such as drugged driving, violence, stress, and child abuse. Drug abuse can lead to homelessness, crime, and missed work or problems with keeping a job. It harms unborn babies and destroys families. There are different types of treatment for drug abuse. But the best is to prevent drug abuse in the first place.

NIH: National Institute on Drug Abuse


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Code History

  • FY 2021 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2020 through 9/30/2021
  • FY 2020 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2019 through 9/30/2020
  • FY 2019 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2018 through 9/30/2019
  • FY 2018 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2017 through 9/30/2018
  • FY 2017 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2016 through 9/30/2017
  • FY 2016 - New Code, effective from 10/1/2015 through 9/30/2016 (First year ICD-10-CM implemented into the HIPAA code set)