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Comment & Response
July 8, 2013

Overdose Fatality and Surveillance as a Method for Understanding Mortality Trends in Homeless Populations

Author Affiliations
  • 1New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, New York, New York
  • 2New York City Department of Homeless Services, New York, New York
JAMA Intern Med. 2013;173(13):1264-1265. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.6849

To the Editor Baggett et al1 reported overall and cause-specific mortality rates for a cohort of homeless individuals served by the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program, Boston, Massachusetts, during 2003 through 2008. Compared with a similar cohort from 1988 through 1993, the authors reported that drug overdose has emerged as the leading cause of death. We have previously highlighted the burden of drug overdose deaths among homeless adults in New York City (NYC), New York.2-4

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