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Pharmacists should be aware of the mortality rates and adverse outcomes, including hospitalisation and imprisonment, that occur at higher rates in illicit drug users and patients on opioid substitution therapy

Overdose and drug-related death contribute to the increased mortality rate in patients using illicit drugs and opioid substitution therapy (OST); however, other multi-faceted and complex risk factors include age, gender, timing, injecting practices, polydrug use, discharge from hospital and release from prison

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