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Dextropropoxyphene-related deaths--a problem that persists?
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PMID:  7947339     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A total of 48 cases of dextropropoxyphene-related deaths that occurred over a 6-year period (1987-1992) in the Lothian and Borders region of Scotland were reviewed. No significant gender difference was found but a significantly greater proportion of the deaths occurred in the urban areas (P < 0.05). Suicide accounted for 81.3% of cases while the other deaths were caused accidentally and involved drug addicts, alcoholics and those who had taken their dextropropoxyphene-containing prescriptions following consumption of alcohol. Overall concomitant alcohol abuse was identified in 41.7% of all the victims. Compound analgesic preparations containing dextropropoxyphene are still widely prescribed and the persistence of deaths from its overdose may suggest the need for stricter prescription control and for educational programmes for users.
J O Obafunwa; A Busuttil; A M al-Oqleh
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  International journal of legal medicine     Volume:  106     ISSN:  0937-9827     ISO Abbreviation:  Int. J. Legal Med.     Publication Date:  1994  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1994-12-20     Completed Date:  1994-12-20     Revised Date:  2008-11-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9101456     Medline TA:  Int J Legal Med     Country:  GERMANY    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  315-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Pathology, University of Edinburgh, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Alcoholism / complications,  epidemiology
Cause of Death
Dextropropoxyphene / poisoning*
Drug Prescriptions / statistics & numerical data
Drug Utilization
Middle Aged
Poisoning / complications,  mortality
Population Surveillance*
Residence Characteristics
Risk Factors
Scotland / epidemiology
Suicide / statistics & numerical data
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