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Drug-related Deaths in Scotland in 2002

Drug-related Deaths in Scotland in 2002

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3. Drug-related deaths are identified using details from death registrations supplemented by information from a specially designed questionnaire, completed by forensic pathologists, for all deaths involving drugs or persons known or suspected to be drug-dependent. Additionally, the National Records of Scotland (NRS) follows up all cases of deaths of people where the information on the death certificate is vague or suggests that there might be a background of drug abuse. A copy of the questionnaire currently used is at Annex B (85 Kb pdf file). A paper [Reference 2] published in June 1995 by NRS described this enhancement to the data collection system.


2. Christophersen O, Rooney C and Kelly S. Drug-related mortality: methods and trends. Population Trends 93, Office for National Statistics, 1998.

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