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Health effects of involuntary displacement of homeless individuals who inject drugs


Peer-Reviewed Publication

JAMA Network

About The Study: This simulation modeling study of 23 U.S. cities projects that involuntary displacement of people experiencing homelessness who inject drugs may yield substantial increases in morbidity and mortality over a 10-year period. Involuntary displacement is estimated to worsen overdose and hospitalizations, decrease initiations of medications for opioid use disorder, and contribute to deaths. These findings have implications for the practice of involuntary displacement, as well as policies such as access to housing and supportive services, that could mitigate these harms. 

Authors: Joshua A. Barocas, M.D., of the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Aurora, is the corresponding author.

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