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Deaths Due to Drug and Alcohol Misuse

  • P. Fineron
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Abstract

While drugs have been used by mankind since prehistoric times [1] there has been an apparent large increase in the misuse of drugs in the United Kingdom (UK) and elsewhere in the last three decades. There is great variation in the pattern of drug misuse over time and between regions, which reflects on the number of drug- related deaths. There are multiple factors which influence the pattern of drug misuse including availability, cost, fashion, social context and underlying mental illness. While, at least in the UK, drug misuse is common in all social classes, deaths are over represented in poorer socio-economic groups (author’s unpublished observations). Many young people experiment with drugs, but relatively few go on to become problematic long-term users. Children of drug using parents may accidentally ingest oral drugs such as methadone [2] and without a high index of suspicion such cases will be missed by the pathologist.

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Anabolic Steroid Anabolic Androgenic Steroid Toxicological Analysis Heroin User Drug Misuse 
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