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Graph showing data from a North Carolina study that found recently incarcerated people are over 40 times more likely to die from an opioid overdose than the general public.

Data Source: Opioid Overdose Mortality Among Former North Carolina Inmates: 2000-2015, Table 1. (Graph: Maddy Troilo, 2018)

This graph originally appeared in We know how to prevent opioid overdose deaths for people leaving prison. So why are prisons doing nothing?.

Recently incarcerated people in North Carolina are much more likely to die from an opioid overdose than the general public. The disparity is particularly extreme in the first two weeks after release, but they are still at 10 times greater risk even a year after release.

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