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Byrne, Ray (2002) Opiate-related deaths investigated by the Dublin City and County Coroners, 1998 - 2001. Dublin: Trinity College Dublin, Addiction Research Centre.

This briefing provides a review of 332 opiate related deaths investigated by the Dublin City and County Coroner from 1 January 1998 to 31 December 2001. The mean age of those who died was 29.1 and the male : female ratio was 6.7 : 1. 88.6% of decedents resided within Local Drug Task Force area. A single drug was implicated in a minority of fatalities. Benzodiazepines were implicated in the highest number of fatalities (67.5%); followed by heroin (61.7%); methadone (57.2%) and alcohol (47%). The author concludes that some opiate related deaths are preventable and that opiate users should be aware of the signs and symtoms of an overdose.


Date:2002
Call No:PB6.12.2, VH4.2 Dublin
Pages:8 p.
Publisher:Trinity College Dublin, Addiction Research Centre
Place of Publication:Dublin
Keywords:AOD overdose mortality, AODR accident mortality, AODR mortality, benzodiazepines, Dublin, heroin, medical examiner, methadone, opiates
Notes:Includes bibliographical references. (Unpublished Report)
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Accession Number:HRB 1667 (Available)
Subjects:P Demography, epidemiology, and history > Population dynamics > Substance related mortality / death
VA Geographic area > Europe > Ireland > Dublin
B Substances > Opioids (opiates)

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