Multiple ER Visits Linked to Risk of Prescription-Drug Overdose Death
THURSDAY May 14, 2015, 2015 — Frequent visits to emergency departments appear to be a predictor of death from a prescription drug overdose, a new study finds.People with four or more ER visits in the past year were 48 times more likely to die of prescription drug overdose compared to those who visited an ER once or not at all, researchers found. With three visits a year, the risk of overdose death from a prescription drug was 17 times greater.
The study, by researchers at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, was recently published online in the journal Annals of Epidemiology.
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