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Comiskey, Catherine and Barry, Joseph (2001) A capture-recapture study of the prevalence and implications of opiate use in Dublin. European Journal of Public Health , 11 , (2) , pp. 198-200.

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To date there have been no studies estimating the hidden prevelance of opiate users in Dublin. In this study a multiscore enumeration followed by the application of the capture-recapture method with log-linear modelling including age and gender stratification to remove heterogeneity was implemented to provide an estimate of the unknown size of the opiate-using population. Two medical and one legal data sources were used. It was found that the ratio of known to unknown opiate users 1:1.15 with a total of 13,460 (95% Cl: 12,037-15,306) users estimated in Dublin in 1996. The authors conclude that the findings of this study have important ramifications for service delivery.


Item Type:Article
Date:2001
Call No:BL, PD6.4, VH4.2
Page Range:pp. 198-200
Publisher:Oxford University Press
Volume:11
Number:2
Keywords:capture recapture technique, Dublin, heroin, opiates, prevalence
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Accession Number:HRB (Electronic Only)
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Subjects:R Research > Data collection method
VA Geographic area > Europe > Ireland > Dublin
B Substances > Opioids (opiates)
A Substance use, abuse, and dependence > Prevalence
R Research > Data analysis method

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