Frequent Visitors to the ER at Increased Risk of Death From Prescription Drug Overdose

People who visit the emergency room at least four times in one year are at much greater risk of dying from a prescription drug overdose, compared with those who visit the ER once a year or not at all, a new study finds.

Patients with four or more ER visits in the past year were 48 times more likely to die from a prescription drug overdose. Those who visited three times in one year were 17 times more likely, compared with those who visited once or not at all.

The study included data from more than 5,400 patients who visited ERs in New York State between 2006 and 2010, according to HealthDay.

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Will Savage

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