One reason why getting addicts good primary care physicians is so important

pill-death-big-225x300Frequent emergency room visits is associated with overdose:

According to the study from researchers at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, the risk of dying from a prescription drug overdose was five times the rate for patients who visited the ER twice in the past year, compared to patients with one or fewer trips in the past year.

The risk of death was 17 times greater for patients with three visits, and 48 times for those with four or more visits, according to the new study.