TITLE

Overdose Deaths Involving Prescription Opioids Among Medicaid Enrollees - Washington, 2004-2007

AUTHOR(S)
Coolen, P.; Lima, A.; Sabel, J.; Paulozzi, L.
PUB. DATE
October 2009
SOURCE
MMWR: Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report;10/30/2009, Vol. 58 Issue 42, p1171
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article reports on the results of an analysis of overdose deaths involving prescription opioids among Medicaid clients in Washington from 2004-2007. The article found that of the 1,668 persons who died from prescription opioids, 30.8 percent of them were Medicaid enrollees. The prominence of methadone in prescription opioids-related overdose deaths and the Medicaid as a high risk group are noted. Health authorities are encouraged to re-examine prescription opioids-related overdose deaths in their localities especially in the Medicaid group.
ACCESSION #
45006048

 

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