Journal article

Recent contact with health and social services by drug misusers in Glasgow who died of a fatal overdose in 1999

R Jones, L Gruer, G Gilchrist, A Seymour, M Black, J Oliver

ADDICTION | BLACKWELL PUBLISHING LTD | Published : 2002

Abstract

AIM: To explore the recent contact with health and social services by drug misusers who died of a fatal overdose and identify opportunities for preventive intervention. DESIGN: Retrospective case analysis. SUBJECTS: Eighty-seven residents of the Greater Glasgow area who died of a drug misuse-related overdose in 1999. METHODS: Analysis of matched data from several sources: Strathclyde Police; University of Glasgow Department of Forensic Medicine and Science; the Scottish Prison Service; general practitioners' medical notes, including records of accident and emergency attendances and psychiatric assessments; and five specialist agencies for drug misusers or the homeless. FINDINGS: Most of thos..

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