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Columbia Study Reports Death from Drugs Linked to Economically Disadvantaged Neighborhoods

Death from analgesic overdose, including the painkillers oxycodone and codeine, is more concentrated in economically disadvantaged neighborhoods with a prevalence of high divorce and single-parent homes than deaths from unintentional causes, according to research conducted at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. Yet, compared to heroin overdose deaths, analgesic overdoses were found to occur in higher-income neighborhoods. This study is among the first to provide a framework that helps explain the geographical distribution of analgesic overdose in urban areas. Findings are highlighted in the current online American Journal of Public Health.