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Student Research: Cold weather increases the risk of fatal opioid overdoses, study finds

June 17, 2019

Cold weather snaps are followed by a marked increase in fatal opioid overdoses, a new study finds. A research team led by Brandon Marshall, an associate professor of epidemiology at Brown University’s School of Public Health, found a 25 percent increase in fatal opioid overdoses after periods of freezing temperatures compared to days with an average temperature of 52 degrees. One possibile cause is that opioid use and exposure to cold weather could combine to create a negative biological effect, said William Goedel, a doctoral student in Epidemiology, who spearheaded the analysis. Read more.