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European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction. (2019) An analysis of post-mortem toxicology practices in drug-related death cases in Europe. Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union. 52 p.

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The objective of this report is to provide an updated analysis of the post-mortem toxicology practices of drug-related deaths (DRD) in Europe and to discuss the effect of these practices on the monitoring of DRDs. It is based on the results of a project that consisted of two components: a scoping study and a mapping survey. The scoping study analysed the international and national guidance relating to the post-mortem investigation of suspected DRD cases. The mapping survey was conducted in 2017 in 54 forensic toxicology laboratories in Europe. It looked at their technical equipment, analytical strategies and standards for post-mortem investigations, their technical coverage of typical drugs of abuse with special reference to NPS, their reporting standards and potential hindrances to their daily work.

Table of contents

  • Executive summary ◦Background and objectives
  • Key findings
  • Limitations
  • Conclusions

 

Introduction

 

Part 1: Scoping study on national reference documents that address drug-related death toxicology investigations in Europe (28 EU Member States plus Norway and Turkey) ◦1.1. Objective and methods

1.2. Findings

1.3. Discussion

 

Part 2: Survey of practices — mapping the ‘typical’ or ‘standard’ toxicology practices in place in each country ◦2.1. Objective

2.2. Methods

2.3. Results

 

Discussion and conclusions

Item Type:Evidence resource
Publication Type:Report
Drug Type:Alcohol or other drugs in general
Intervention Type:Screening
Date:2019
Pages:52 p.
Publisher:Publications Office of the European Union
Corporate Creators:European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction
Place of Publication:Luxembourg
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Accession Number:HRB (Electronic Only)
Subjects:E Concepts in biomedical areas > Pharmacology and toxicology
G Health and disease > Substance use disorder > Drug use > Drug intoxication > Poisoning (overdose)
P Demography, epidemiology, and history > Population dynamics > Substance related mortality / death
VA Geographic area > Europe

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