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By the Numbers: 3 May 2021

By the Numbers: 3 May 2021

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The prevalence of opioid use disorder among homeless veterans as compared to non-homeless veterans, according to a recent article in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence -- The association of opioid use disorder and homelessness nationally in the veterans health administration.

Unadjusted odds of homelessness was 13 times higher among veterans with OUD Vs. no OUD.

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Homeless veterans had substantially higher prevalence of OUD than other VHA patients (7.7 % Vs 0.6 %) and OUD was associated with 13 times higher unadjusted odds of homelessness (Odds Ratio [OR] 13.36, 95 % CI 13.09–13.62), which decreased with adjustment for sociodemographic factors (black race, mean income and age), other SUD, medical, and psychiatric diagnoses (final OR 1.57, 95 % CI 1.53–1.61). Other SUDs (alcohol, cannabis, cocaine, and hallucinogens) showed similar or slightly higher odds of homelessness as OUD in the final model.

By the Numbers: 3 May 2021 | Center for Deployment Psychology

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