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

Melissa Gambatese, MPH1; Ann Madsen, PhD, MPH1; Dova Marder, MD2
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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.
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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.24

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July 8, 2013
Elise D. Riley, PhD; Jennifer Cohen, MPA; Martha Shumway, PhD
1Department of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco
2Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Francisco
JAMA Intern Med. 2013;173(13):1264. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.6838.
July 8, 2013
Travis P. Baggett, MD, MPH
1General Medicine Division, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston2Department of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts3Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program, Boston, Massachusetts
JAMA Intern Med. 2013;173(13):1265-1266. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.7766.
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