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Methadone-related deaths: data from 18 coroners' jurisdictions in England.
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PMID:  10689863     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This paper examines the methadone-related deaths (MRD) among entire cases of inquest on drug-related cases in 18 coroners' jurisdictions in England which were entered on the National Programme on Substance Abuse Deaths during a six-month period in 1997. In 154 deaths methadone, either prescribed or not prescribed, was reported to be the substance directly implicated in the death of 40 individuals. The MRD between the prescribed and non-prescribed cases were compared in respect to various demographic variables and associated risks. The main findings reported are that the majority of deaths in this sample were in cases where methadone had not been prescribed (72%) and that there was a significant difference in age between the methadone prescribed (median = 22 years) and non-prescribed groups (median = 37 years) (Mann-Whitney U = 57.5, p = 0.01). Also significant differences amongst the two groups in respect of the coroners' verdicts are reported. The authors suggest more stringent controls around the prescription and dispensing of methadone, along with measures to alert the population at risk of the hazards of using methadone in a non-controlled fashion.
A Valmana; A Oyefeso; C Clancy; H Ghodse
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Medicine, science, and the law     Volume:  40     ISSN:  0025-8024     ISO Abbreviation:  Med Sci Law     Publication Date:  2000 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2000-04-26     Completed Date:  2000-04-26     Revised Date:  2008-11-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0400721     Medline TA:  Med Sci Law     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  61-5     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Addictive Behaviour and Psychological Medicine, St George's Hospital Medical School, London.
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MeSH Terms
Coroners and Medical Examiners
Drug Prescriptions
England / epidemiology
Methadone / poisoning*
Middle Aged
Poisoning / mortality
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