“For almost 80 percent of inmates, life after release often lands them back in prison. For others, that “revolving door” stops with a fatal drug overdose, usually days after their sentence ends, researchers said.
Within the first two weeks of their release, former inmates were 40 times more likely to die of an opioid overdose than an average citizen, a study published Thursday in the American Journal of Public Health found.
The risk of fatal opioid overdose was highest among male white prisoners ages 26 to 50, especially those who had served more than two previous sentences and received substance abuse and mental health treatment during past terms.”
Source: Newsweek.com – July 21, 2018