Challenges and approaches to estimating mortality attributable to the use of selected illicit drugs

Warner-Smith, M., Lynskey, M., Hall, W. and Monteiro, M. (2001) Challenges and approaches to estimating mortality attributable to the use of selected illicit drugs. European Addiction Research, 7 3: 104-116. doi:10.1159/000050728


Author Warner-Smith, M.
Lynskey, M.
Hall, W.
Monteiro, M.
Title Challenges and approaches to estimating mortality attributable to the use of selected illicit drugs
Journal name European Addiction Research   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1022-6877
1421-9891
Publication date 2001-08-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1159/000050728
Volume 7
Issue 3
Start page 104
End page 116
Total pages 13
Place of publication Basel, Switzerland
Publisher Karger
Language eng
Subject 11 Medical and Health Sciences
1117 Public Health and Health Services
Abstract A number of unique challenges are faced when attempting to estimate mortality attributable to illicit drugs. The hidden nature of illicit drug use creates difficulties in quantifying the prevalence of such use; identifying adverse health effects associated with exposure, and calculating the risk of these effects. The use of cohort studies of drug users allows the identification of causes of mortality associated with drug use and the determination of the risk of these causes. This risk estimate can then be used in conjunction with estimates of the prevalence of drug use to, extrapolate the burden of mortality. We identify a number of such studies and present some solutions to the major challenges faced when attempting to estimate the global burden of mortality attributable to illicit drug use. Copyright (C) 2001 S. Karger AG, Basel.
Keyword Substance Abuse
Epidemiology
Prevalence
Illicit Drugs
Cohort Study
Mortality
Attributable Fraction
Non-aids Mortality
22-year Follow-up
New-york-city
Methadone Treatment
Heroin-addicts
Hiv-infection
Polydrug Use
Death
Cohort
Stockholm
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Public Health Publications
 
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