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Roberts, Emmert and Copeland, Caroline and Robson, Deborah and McNeill, Ann (2021) Drug‐related deaths associated with vaping product use in the United Kingdom. Addiction , Early online . (In Press) https://doi.org/10.1111/add.15468.

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Background and Aims: Between March 2019 and February 2020, there was an outbreak of acute lung injury associated with vaping tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), contaminated with vitamin E acetate, in the United States. To date there has been no comprehensive study of drug‐related deaths associated with vaping products in the United Kingdom. We aimed to identify any trends in drug‐related deaths associated with vaping product use in the UK.

Methods: We retrospectively identified any deaths associated with the use of vaping products reported to the UK National Programme on Substance Abuse Deaths (NPSAD). This contains voluntarily reported information from UK Coroners on over 42,000 deaths related to psychoactive drugs, other than nicotine or caffeine, which occurred between 1997 and 2020.

Results: Two drug‐related deaths were reported which were associated with vaping products, one person having died in 2017 and one in 2018. Both decedents were men currently serving prison sentences in England and were aged 26 and 42 at the time of death. Both deaths were associated with recent use of Synthetic Cannabinoid Receptor Agonists (SCRAs), with no other substances found to be implicated in death. No details regarding the type of vaping products were available.

Conclusions: In a UK sample (1997 to 2020) of 42,000 deaths related to psychoactive drugs other than nicotine or caffeine, only two deaths were associated with vaping products, and those involved use of Synthetic Cannabinoid Receptor Agonists.

Item Type
Article
Publication Type
International, Open Access, Article
Drug Type
Cannabis
Intervention Type
Harm reduction
Date
March 2021
Identification #
https://doi.org/10.1111/add.15468
Volume
Early online
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