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Drug-induced death rate(a)
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Footnote(s): (a) Age standardised to the 2001 Australian population, per 100,000 people.

Source(s): ABS data available on request, Causes of Death Collection

DRUG-INDUCED DEATHS

Drug-induced deaths are mostly due to the use of opiates such as heroin, and can reflect the fact that some individuals may not be well integrated into a supportive community. It can also reflect the levels of crime and illicit drug use in the community.

As with suicide, the drug-induced death rate for women has been relatively low and stable over recent years (around four per 100,000 women since 2005) compared with the rate for men. For men, the rate rose from around seven per 100,000 men in 2005, to close to eight deaths per 100,000 men in 2008.

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