The impact of drug-related death on staff who have experienced it as part of their caseload: an exploratory study

Andrew McAuley, Alasdair Forsyth

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Previous research into drug-related death (DRD) has targeted specific groups such as the deceased themselves, witnesses, or families of victims. There has been no research on staff working in the substance misuse field and the impact that DRD has had on them. A postal questionnaire survey was conducted across a Scottish health authority area and quantitatively measured the impact that this event had on the work, health, and social life.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)68-78
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Substance Use
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2011



  • drug-related death
  • overdose

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