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Health Research Board. Alcohol and Drug Research Unit. (2010) Drug-related deaths and deaths among drug users in Ireland, 1998 to 2007: data from the National Drug-Related Deaths Index. Dublin: Health Research Board.

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This paper presents new NDRDI figures on drug-related deaths and deaths among drug users in 2006 and 2007, and updates previously published figures for the years 1998–2005.

Overview
• Between 1998 and 2007 a total of 3,465 drug-related deaths and deaths among drug users met the criteria for inclusion in the NDRDI database. Of these deaths, 2,120 were due to poisoning and 1,345 were due to traumatic or medical causes (non-poisoning) (Table 1).

• In 1998, almost three-quarters (73.6%) of drug-related deaths recorded in the NDRDI were poisonings. The percentage of such deaths decreased over the 10-year reporting period, with 57% of deaths in 2007 due to poisoning and 42% to other causes (non-poisoning).

• The annual number of deaths more than doubled in nine years, rising from 242 in 1998 to 491 in 2006. The number fell to 476 in 2007, but this figure may be revised upwards when data relating to late inquests becomes available (Table 1).


Date:14 June 2010
Publisher:Health Research Board
Corporate Creators:Health Research Board. Alcohol and Drug Research Unit
Place of Publication:Dublin
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Accession Number:HRB (Electronic Only)
Subjects:VA Geographic area > Europe > Ireland
P Demography, epidemiology, and history > Population dynamics > Substance related mortality / death

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