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4809.0.55.001 - Information Paper: Drug-induced Deaths - A Guide to ABS Causes of Death Data, 2002  
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 08/08/2002   
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August 8, 2002
Embargoed: 11:30 AM (AEST)
One-third of drug-induced deaths occurred in people aged 25-34 in 2000

One in three drug-induced deaths occurred in people aged 25-34 years in 2000, according to figures released today by Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

The ABS has released more in-depth data on drug induced deaths between 1997-2000 along with a comprehensive information paper, Drug-induced Deaths: A Guide to ABS Causes of Death Data, to assist researchers.

There were 1,569 deaths with drug-induced deaths as the cause of death registered in 2000. This is a 9.8% decrease on the record 1,739 drug-induced deaths registered in 1999. The majority of these deaths were from mental and behavioural disorders and accidental overdoses (81%) with a further 273 suicides by drugs. Men accounted for over two-thirds (69%) of all drug-induced deaths. New South Wales had the largest number of drug-induced deaths registered (532) followed by Victoria (485) and Queensland (245).

Researchers can confidently use this information paper as a valuable reference when analysing this data. The information paper provides a guide to data concepts and discusses issues which influence the ABS definition of drug-induced deaths.

The topics covered in this paper include:
  • Registration and coding of deaths in Australia
  • ABS definition of drug-induced deaths
  • Relevant ICD Classifications used to code these data
  • An explanation of the concepts of underlying causes of death and multiple causes of death
  • Issues affecting classification of data
  • Issues affecting data availability

A companion data file Drug-induced Deaths, Australia, 1997-2000 (Cat. No. 3303.0) has been developed for researchers to accompany this information paper and is available only on this website. The data file reports the number of drug-induced deaths as well as range of demographic information relating to the deceased person.

Further details: Drug-induced Deaths: A Guide to ABS Causes of Death Data, (cat. no. 4809.0.55.001)

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