Years of potential life lost among heroin addicts 33 years after treatment.

@article{Smyth2007YearsOP,
  title={Years of potential life lost among heroin addicts 33 years after treatment.},
  author={Breda Smyth and Valerie Hoffman and Jing Fan and Y H Hser},
  journal={Preventive medicine},
  year={2007},
  volume={44 4},
  pages={
          369-74
        }
}
OBJECTIVE To examine premature mortality in terms of years of potential life lost (YPLL) among a cohort of long-term heroin addicts. METHOD This longitudinal, prospective study followed a cohort of 581 male heroin addicts in California for more than 33 years. In the latest follow-up conducted in 1996/97, 282 subjects (48.5%) were confirmed as deceased by death certificates. YPLL before age 65 years was calculated by causes of death. Ethnic differences in YPLL were assessed among Whites… CONTINUE READING
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