Lead: Preventing deaths after prison release

This Week in Addiction Medicine from ASAM

Apr 23 2024 • 6 mins

Preventing deaths after prison release

The Lancet

Formerly incarcerated people have exceptionally poor health profiles and are at increased risk of preventable mortality when compared to their general population peers. This accompanying editorial discusses a study by Borschmann et al published in the same issue of The Lancet. Using administrative data from the multi-national Mortality After Release from Incarceration Consortium (MARIC) study, the authors examined mortality outcomes for 1,471,526 people released from incarceration in eight countries. 75,427 deaths were recorded. The markedly elevated rate of death in the first week post-release underscores an urgent need for investment in evidence-based, coordinated transitional healthcare, including treatment for mental illness and substance use disorders to prevent post-release deaths due to suicide and overdose. Temporal variations in rates and causes of death highlight the need for routine monitoring of post-release mortality.

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