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

Coolen, P.; Lima, A.; Sabel, J.; Paulozzi, L.
October 2009
MMWR: Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report;10/30/2009, Vol. 58 Issue 42, p1171
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.


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