Ethical considerations for drug abuse epidemiological research

Fry, Craig L. and Hall, Wayne (2005). Ethical considerations for drug abuse epidemiological research. In Zili Sloboda (Ed.), Epidemiology of Drug Abuse (pp. 145-157) New York: Springer.


Author Fry, Craig L.
Hall, Wayne
Title of chapter Ethical considerations for drug abuse epidemiological research
Title of book Epidemiology of Drug Abuse
Place of Publication New York
Publisher Springer
Publication Year 2005
Sub-type Research book chapter (original research)
ISBN 0-387-24415-8
Editor Zili Sloboda
Chapter number 10
Start page 145
End page 157
Total pages 13
Total chapters 15
Collection year 2005
Language eng
Subjects 321202 Epidemiology
730205 Substance abuse
B1
111706 Epidemiology
2201 Applied Ethics
Abstract/Summary The mortality and morbidity caused by alcohol, tobacco and illicit drug misuse represents a significant public health burden (Ezzati et al., 2002). A key part of the public health response is the collection of epidemiological and social science data to define at-risk populations to identify opportunities for intervention and to evaluate the effectiveness of policies in preventing or treating drug misuse and drug-related harm. The systematic use of epidemiological and social science research methods to study illicit drug use is barely 40 years old in the United States and United Kingdom, which have pioneered this approach. Because of the sensitive nature of epidemiological research on illicit drug use a unique set of ethical challenges need to be explicitly addressed by the field. Although ethics guidelines have been proposed (Council for International Organizations of Medical Sciences, 1991), scholarship on the ethics of epidemiology is scant, and consensus on core values not yet achieved (Coughlin, 2000).
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