In the period 1987-1991 a total of 739 fatalities among drug addicts was investigated at the three University Institutes of Forensic Medicine in Denmark.
The annual number rose from 130-140 in the first 4 years to 192 in 1991, and 80% were males.
The mean and median age for both males and females increased by 1 year in the period.
The main drug of abuse was heroin, in most cases supplemented by various other drugs, and in almost all cases taken intravenously.
In about one-third of the cases each year there was information of abuse of alcohol in addition.
In the poisoning cases, the main drug of poisoning was morphine/heroin, constituting 35-55% of the cases each year.
As regards methadone-poisoning cases, the number increased significantly in 1991 compared to the first 4 years.
Mots-clés Pascal : Mortalité, Toxicomanie, Homme, Epidémiologie, Danemark, Europe, Substance toxicomanogène
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Mortality, Drug addiction, Human, Epidemiology, Denmark, Europe, Drug of abuse
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 94-0634808
Code Inist : 002B03D. Création : 09/06/1995.