MedicalResearch.com Interview with:
Tyler Winkelman MD, MSc
Division of General Internal Medicine, Hennepin Healthcare
Center for Patient and Provider Experience, Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute
Departments of Medicine & Pediatrics
University of Minnesota
MedicalResearch.com: What is the background for this study?
Response: Opioid overdose deaths continue to escalate, and there have been reports that jails and prisons are bearing the brunt of the opioid epidemic. However, it wasn’t known, nationally, how many people who use opioids were involved in the criminal justice system. We also didn’t have recent estimates of common physical and mental health conditions among people with different levels of opioid use.
We used two years of national survey data to understand these associations, which are critical in developing a public health response to the opioid epidemic.