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Drug-related Deaths in Scotland in 2005

Drug-related Deaths in Scotland in 2005

Data Sources

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 available as Annex B. A paper [Footnote] published in June 1995 by NRS described this enhancement to the data collection system.


  1. Arrundale J and Cole S K. Collection of information on drug-related deaths by the General Register Office for Scotland. General Register Office for Scotland, 1995.

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