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Demographic, geographic, and temporal patterns of ambulance runs for suspected opiate overdose in Rhode Island, 1997-20021
Preventive and Behavioral Medicine Publications and Presentations
  • Roland C. Merchant, Brown University
  • Beth L. Schwartzapfel, Brown University
  • Francis A. Wolf, Brown University
  • Wenjun Li, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Lynn Carlson, Brown University
  • Josiah D. Rich, Brown University
UMMS Affiliation
Department of Medicine, Division of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine
Date
7-25-2006
Document Type
Article
Subjects
Adolescent; Adult; Aged; Aged, 80 and over; Ambulances; Child; Child, Preschool; Continental Population Groups; Databases, Factual; Demography; Drug Overdose; Female; Geography; Humans; Infant; Male; Middle Aged; Naloxone; Opioid-Related Disorders; Rhode Island
Abstract
We examine ambulance runs for suspected opiate overdose from 1997 to 2002 using a Rhode Island Department of Health database. Of the 8,763 ambulance runs for overdoses, 18.6% were for suspected opiate overdoses. Most cases were males under age 54. Suspected opiate overdoses were more likely to occur in a private residence, were more frequent on Fridays and Saturdays, and peaked in incidence around 9:00 p.m. The incidence rate of suspected opiate overdose by year was similar. The study results may help identify areas for preventive intervention and demonstrate the limitation of using naloxone as a marker of opiate overdose events.
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Citation: Merchant RC, Schwartzapfel BL, Wolf FA, Li W, Carlson L, Rich JD. Demographic, geographic, and temporal patterns of ambulance runs for suspected opiate overdose in Rhode Island, 1997-20021. Subst Use Misuse. 2006;41(9):1209-26. Link to article on publisher's site
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PubMed ID
16861173
Citation Information
Roland C. Merchant, Beth L. Schwartzapfel, Francis A. Wolf, Wenjun Li, et al.. "Demographic, geographic, and temporal patterns of ambulance runs for suspected opiate overdose in Rhode Island, 1997-20021" Vol. 41 Iss. 9 (2006) ISSN: 1082-6084 (Linking)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/wenjun_li/76/