JHU continues collaboration with BC-CDC on research on overdose after release from prison

Justice Health Unit researcher Claire Keen and Unit Head, Prof Stuart Kinner, have collaborated with researchers from the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control (BC-CDC), to produce a total of three publications on overdose after release from prison in Vancouver, Canada.

Claire led the work on two papers. These are Prevalence of co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorder, and association with overdose: a linked data cohort study among residents of British Columbia, Canada published in Addiction and available here, and Periods of altered risk for non-fatal overdose: a self-controlled case series published in The Lancet Public Health, available here. This research examined the association between mental illness, substance use disorder and overdose and identified factors that could decrease the incidence of non-fatal overdose.

Stuart led the work on the publication High rate of fatal overdose after release from prison in BC: a retrospective data linkage study (In press), to be published in CMAJ Open.

We acknowledge Claire and Stuart for building on the collaboration with BC-CDC through these key publications, and for their contribution to this research, supported by funding from Murdoch Children's Research Institute and the National Health and Medical Research Council, on overdose in people after release from prison.