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Drug related deaths in France. A critical view
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19297110     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: Available data suggest a reduction in the number of overdoses due to psychoactive substances (tobacco and alcohol excluded) in France. Nevertheless, official levels remain considerably low compared to other European countries, and strong differences between the different sources providing information support the hypothesis of under-reporting. METHODS: Two cross-tabulations of the main sources of information (police data and national mortality registry on one hand; police data and on another hand) allow the use of easy-to-compute, capture-recapture based indicators to estimate the invisible population (i.e. hidden overdoses). RESULTS: Results support a significant under-reporting of overdoses, reaching a minimum level of 30%. CONCLUSION: Unlike official claims, there has been a rise in overdoses in France during the last decade. Besides the applied corrections, levels of overdoses still remain low. Attention should be paid to death certification. Other issues of interest are the lack of a common definition and the need for greater institutional coordination.
E Janssen
Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; English Abstract; Journal Article     Date:  2009-03-17
Journal Detail:
Title:  Revue d'épidémiologie et de santé publique     Volume:  57     ISSN:  0398-7620     ISO Abbreviation:  Rev Epidemiol Sante Publique     Publication Date:  2009 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-04-27     Completed Date:  2009-06-19     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7608039     Medline TA:  Rev Epidemiol Sante Publique     Country:  France    
Other Details:
Languages:  fre     Pagination:  126-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Observatoire français des drogues et des toxicomanies (OFDT), 3, avenue du stade de France, 93128 La Plaine Saint-Denis cedex, France.
Vernacular Title:
Les décès par surdose de drogues en France. Une présentation critique.
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MeSH Terms
Cause of Death
Death Certificates
Opioid-Related Disorders / mortality*
Overdose / mortality*
Street Drugs / poisoning*
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Street Drugs

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