Individuals recently released from prison in Oregon 10 times more likely to overdose, study says

Researchers have found that a person who has recently been released from prison is 10 times more at risk of a drug overdose in Oregon, the Journal of Substance Use and Addiction Treatment reported Feb. 21. 

The study was conducted by Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon Health and Sciences University in Portland, and the Oregon Department of Corrections. It evaluated more than 18,000 individuals who had been released from an Oregon prison between 2014 and 2017. 

Researchers evaluated fatal and nonfatal overdoses. 

Results further showed that the risk of overdose was double during the first two weeks after release from prison. Women were found to have a greater risk, according to the study.

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