A new study from Columbia University assesses who is most at risk for death from opioids. According to the 13,000 overdose deaths sample, just over 60 percent of individuals who died from an opioid overdose had been diagnosed with a chronic pain condition, and many had been diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder. According to the researchers at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC), their study is the first to determine the proportion of those who died of an opioid overdose with chronic pain. The findings were published online this week in the American Journal of Psychiatry. The Columbia University study is titled, “Service Use Preceding Opioid-Related Fatality.”
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