Understanding drug-related mortality in released prisoners: a review of national coronial records
Jessica Y Andrews, Stuart A Kinner
BMC PUBLIC HEALTH | BMC | Published : 2012
BACKGROUND: The prisoner population is characterised by a high burden of disease and social disadvantage, and ex-prisoners are at increased risk of death following release. Much of the excess mortality can be attributed to an increased risk of unnatural death, particularly from drug overdose; however, relatively few studies have investigated the circumstances surrounding drug-related deaths among released prisoners. This study aimed to explore and compare the circumstances of death for those who died from accidental drug-related causes to those who died from all other reportable causes. METHODS: A nationwide search of the Australian National Coroners Information System (NCIS) was conducted..View full abstract
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The authors wish to thank Ms Jessica Wade and Mr Daniel O'Keefe for their assistance with data abstraction, and Mr Glen Russell for database development. This research was supported by Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) grant #456109. Stuart Kinner is supported by NHMRC Career Development Fellowship #1004765.