Among individuals who are released from prison, opioid overdose is a leading cause of death with a risk more than ten-fold the general population. Although the epidemiology of opioid-related fatalities has been described, few studies have characterized both fatal and nonfatal opioid-related poisonings. The objective of this study was to estimate risk of fatal and nonfatal opioid overdose among adults released from prison.
- Justice-involved individuals have a high burden of addiction and overdose risk.
- Opioid overdose is markedly elevated after prison release.
- The risk of opioid overdose is particularly high in the first two weeks.
- In women, elevated overdose risk is mediated through greater mental health burden.
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