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Byrne, Ray Opioid-related deaths investigated by the Dublin City and County Coroners in 1999: background, analysis and prevention initiatives. (Unpublished) [Dublin]: [Department of Social Studies, Trinity College Dublin].

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This report outlines the findings of the second in a series of surveys on the inquest files of the Dublin City and County Coroners. The majority of the decedents were young (mean age, 29.73), male (male: female ratio; 8.55: 1), single (75.6%) and unemployed (70.9%). Benzodiazepines were implicated in the highest number of deaths (73.3%). There was a 9.17% increase and an 11.55% decrease in the number of cases proving positive for heroin and methadone respectively. However 90.71% of cases had two or more drugs (mean 3.38) implicated per death.

The increased risk of overdose among those recently released from prison was highlighted and the heightened risk of suicide among opiate users was also discussed.


Call No:PB6.12, VH4.2
Pages:28 p.
Publisher:[Department of Social Studies, Trinity College Dublin]
Place of Publication:[Dublin]
Keywords:AOD overdose mortality, AODR mortality, AODR suicide mortality, Dublin, heroin, medical examiner, medical examiner report, methadone, opiates
Notes:The interim report from an M.Litt project 'The relative mortality risks of heroin, methadone and other drugs implicated in opiate-related deaths investigated by the Dublin City and County Coroner in 1998, 1999 and 2000.'Includes bibliographical references
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Accession Number:HRB 1442 (Available), HRB 1443 (Available), HRB 1744 (Available)
Subjects:VA Geographic area > Europe > Ireland > Dublin
P Demography, epidemiology, and history > Population dynamics > Substance related mortality / death
G Health and disease > Substance use disorder > Drug use > Drug intoxication > Poisoning (overdose)
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Substance use prevention > Substance use harm reduction

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