Heroin-related deaths: new epidemiologic insights.

  title={Heroin-related deaths: new epidemiologic insights.},
  author={A. James Ruttenber and James L. Luke},
  volume={226 4670},
Deaths associated with injected street preparations of heroin increased substantially in the District of Columbia between April 1979 and December 1982. The 1981 population-based mortality rate (17.4 per 100,000) is possibly the highest ever reported. A case-control study based on toxicologic analyses of postmortem blood samples indicates that concentrations of both heroin and ethanol are substantial risk factors for heroin-related deaths. Analyses of the composition of street-level preparations… CONTINUE READING

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