The causes of death among injecting drug users (IDUs) are still being discussed worldwide.
We analysed the causes of death among IDUs attending 26 centres for drug users in North-Eastern Italy from 1985 to 1994.
The study of a total number of 1,022 deaths reveals the following :
(1) AIDS has become the primary cause of death among IDUs since 1991 and is rising even in an area with a moderate HIV seroprevalence ;
(2) the mean age of death in AIDS patients proved higher than among patients who died of other causes (which may be due to the long incubation period of AIDS) ;
(3) our data do not reveal higher HIV seroprevalence among IDUs who died of overdose and suicide as opposed to IDUs who died of other causes ;
(4) the mortality rate in IDUs is significantly higher when compared to that of the general population in the same age group.
Mots-clés Pascal : Toxicomanie, Mortalité, Facteur risque, SIDA, Virose, Infection, Surdosage, Prévalence, Epidémiologie, Italie, Europe, Adolescent, Homme, Adulte jeune, Adulte, Immunopathologie, Immunodéficit
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Drug addiction, Mortality, Risk factor, AIDS, Viral disease, Infection, Overdosing, Prevalence, Epidemiology, Italy, Europe, Adolescent, Human, Young adult, Adult, Immunopathology, Immune deficiency
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 98-0127273
Code Inist : 002B05C02D. Création : 22/06/1998.