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European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction. [EMCDDA] (2015) Mortality among drug users in Europe: new and old challenges for public health. Luxembourg: Office for Official Publications of the European Communities. 21 p.

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This paper examines the overall number of lives lost due to drug use. All-cause mortality among problem drug users is investigated by means of cohort studies, which link data from death registries to drug treatment records. Building on earlier work, the paper presents data from nine European countries not previously studied using the same methodology. The study finds that the risk of death among problem drug users is typically 10 or more times that among their peers in the general population. The analysis shows that the deaths of problem drug users are overwhelmingly premature and preventable.

Table of contents:
• Introduction
• Methods and data sources
• Key findings from recent mortality cohorts in Europe
• Public health perspectives and implications
• Conclusion
• Glossary
• References


Item Type:Evidence resource
Publication Type:Report
Drug Type:Alcohol or other drugs in general, Opioid
Intervention Type:AOD disorder harm reduction
Source:EMCDDA
Date:February 2015
Pages:21 p.
Publisher:Office for Official Publications of the European Communities
Corporate Creators:European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction
Place of Publication:Luxembourg
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Accession Number:HRB (Electronic Only)
Subjects:J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Health services, substance use research
P Demography, epidemiology, and history > Population dynamics > Substance related mortality / death
VA Geographic area > Europe
VA Geographic area > Europe > Ireland

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