• Comprehensively examines rates and causes of death among illicit drug users • Takes an international perspective • Integrates discussion of epidemiology, causes, risk factors and prevention
1. Why illicit drug-related deaths matter; 2. The global epidemiology of illicit drug use; 3. Mortality amongst illicit drug users; 4. Mortality and drug overdose; 5. Illicit drug use and disease; 6. Mortality and suicide; 7. Mortality and trauma; 8. Reducing drug-related mortality; 9. Summary and conclusions.
'Mortality amongst Illicit Drug Users is a welcome sight. Shane Darke, Louisa Degenhardt and Richard Mattick carefully synthesise the mass of literature on drug-related mortality, delineate its key domains, and provide a rich bibliography for future investigators … This book's documentation of drug-related mortality - so much of it preventable with existing methods readily available to us - is a testament to the poverty of current drug policies and bears stark witness to the price paid for these failures.' Perspectives