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National expert working group to investigate drug-related deaths in England. [Public Health England] (2016) Understanding and preventing drug-related deaths. London: Public Health England. 36 p.

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This report presents the independent findings, conclusions and recommendations of an expert group supported by Public Health England and the Local Government Association. The expert group investigated drug-related deaths in England with the aim of understanding recent rises in deaths and helping local areas to prevent future premature deaths.

The report is based on two meetings of the group, which heard a range of evidence, supported by commissioned data analysis and informed by five stakeholder events around the country. Across these local events, around 400 stakeholders helped gather intelligence on local thinking and practice in relation to drug-related deaths.

The group’s findings are based on their synthesis of this evidence and their individual experience and expertise, as clinicians, academics or service users. The report is intended primarily for commissioners and providers of specialist services for people who use drugs. Its recommendations are also applicable locally for clinical commissioning groups, NHS and other health, social care, criminal justice, employment and housing and homelessness services, and coroners; and nationally for Public Health England, NHS England, government departments, the Office for National Statistics, the Care Quality Commission and the Chief Coroner.

Item Type:Evidence resource
Publication Type:Report
Drug Type:Alcohol or other drugs in general, Opioid
Intervention Type:AOD disorder harm reduction
Source:Public Health England
Date:September 2016
Pages:36 p.
Publisher:Public Health England
Corporate Creators:National expert working group to investigate drug-related deaths in England
Place of Publication:London
Subjects:J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Substance use prevention > Substance use harm reduction
MP-MR Policy, planning, economics, work and social services > Policy > Policy on substance use > Harm reduction policy
P Demography, epidemiology, and history > Population dynamics > Substance related mortality / death
VA Geographic area > Europe > United Kingdom > England

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