Drug related deaths in the Strathclyde region of Scotland, 1995-1998

Forensic Sci Int. 2001 Oct 15;122(1):52-9. doi: 10.1016/s0379-0738(01)00466-2.


The misuse of drugs, both illicit and prescribed has increased dramatically in the west of Scotland over the last few decades. Consequently, the number of drug related deaths has risen as a direct result. Since, discrepancies exist between data collected by the Department of Forensic Medicine and Science, University of Glasgow and official statistics, this project, was funded to investigate all known drug related deaths that occurred within the Strathclyde region of Scotland in an effort to improve the accuracy of statistics and the dissemination of information pertaining to them. Changes in medical treatment, legislation and patterns of drug taking were noted and the effects of these on the year-by-year death tolls evaluated.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Cause of Death*
  • Diazepam / blood
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Male
  • Methadone / blood
  • Middle Aged
  • Morphine / blood
  • Prisoners
  • Scotland / epidemiology
  • Substance-Related Disorders / blood
  • Substance-Related Disorders / epidemiology
  • Substance-Related Disorders / mortality*
  • Temazepam / blood


  • Morphine
  • Temazepam
  • Diazepam
  • Methadone