Fatal Opioid Overdoses Four Times More Likely Immediately After Discharge

A new study shows just how risky the period after hospital discharge can be for people who use illicit opioids such as heroin. Fatal opioid overdoses are four times more likely in the first two days after hospital discharge than at other times. The research, published in PLOS Medicine, supports the notion that people who use illicit drugs need extra support when being discharged from the hospital.

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