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National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse. (2011) Drug-related deaths: setting up a local review process. London: National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse.

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Reviewing the causes of drug-related deaths can make a vital contribution to preventing future deaths. This document contains ideas and examples of local practice in reviewing drug-related deaths. It is for people who commission and plan local strategic responses to drug misuse, including service providers.

What is it about? The document contains ideas and examples of local practice in investigating and reviewing the causes of drug-related deaths. All are drawn from existing local systems in England. The document also takes partnerships through the chain of decisions they will want to consider in setting up their own review processes within their existing organisational frameworks. Partnerships may find it useful to have review processes to investigate, and learn lessons from, drug-related deaths. This document can help by offering real-world examples and advice on what to consider. However the advice in this document does not promote one system as better than another, and what works well for some local areas may not work as well in others.


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