Meta-analysis of drug-related deaths soon after release from prison

Eliabeth L.C. Merrall, Azar Kariminia, Ingrid A. Binswanger, Michael S. Hobbs, Michael Farrell, John Marsden, Sharon J. Hutchinson, Sheila M Bird

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The transition from prison back into the community is particularly hazardous for drug-using offenders whose tolerance for heroin has been reduced by imprisonment. Studies have indicated an increased risk of drug-related death soon after release from prison, particularly in the first 2 weeks. For precise, up-to-date understanding of these risks, a meta-analysis was conducted on the risk of drug-related death in weeks 1 + 2 and 3 + 4 compared with later 2-week periods in the first 12 weeks after release from prison.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1545-1554
Number of pages10
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2010


  • prison
  • drug-related death
  • heroin use


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