We examine major causes of death amongst persons in contact with drug-treatment services across Scotland during April 1996–March 2006, hereafter Scottish Drug Misuse Database (SDMD) cohort. Drug-treatment records were linked to national registers of deaths and hepatitis C virus (HCV) diagnoses. For eras 1996/97–2000/01 and 2001/02–2005/06, we calculated cause-specific death-rates and standardised mortality ratios (SMRs) using age-, sex- and calendar-rates of the general Scottish population. Major causes of death were identified by high SMRs (>5 across eras) or rates (>50 per 100,000 person-years in either era), and their time-specific influences characterised by proportional hazards analyses.
- drug treatment
- record linkage study
- Hepatitis C
Merrall, E. L. C., Bird, S. M., & Hutchinson, S. J. (2012). Mortality of those who attended drug services in Scotland 1996-2006: record-linkage study. International Journal of Drug Policy, 23(1), 24–32. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.drugpo.2011.05.010