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ONLY ABOUT 10 PERCENT RECEIVED RECOMMENDED TREATMENT FOLLOWING AN OPIOID OVERDOSE, STUDY SUGGESTS

Only a small fraction of people who had non-fatal opioid overdoses in West Virginia received treatment in the aftermath, a new study led by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health suggests. The finding, the authors say, represents a missed opportunity to prevent future fatal overdoses in a state that leads the nation in these deaths.

West Virginia’s overdose death rate is currently four times the national average. However, study leads Brendan Saloner, PhD, assistant professor in the Bloomberg School’s departments of Health Policy and Management and Mental Health, and Neel Koyawala, a medical student at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, say it’s unclear what happens to people who are at the greatest risk of suffering a fatal overdose: those who overdose and survive.

The paper was published online Jan. 28 in the Journal of General Internal Medicine.

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