Mortality and increasing drug use in Edinburgh: implications for HIV epidemic

Scott Med J. 1990 Aug;35(4):100-2. doi: 10.1177/003693309003500402.


Mortality among a group of known drug users shows small numbers of deaths from AIDS so far but increasing deaths from overdose, especially in young women. Steadily rising numbers of drug injectors are observed. The need for a distinctly different educational approach in areas of very high seroprevalence is discussed and the requirement for close co-operation between prescribing sources identified.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Cause of Death
  • Disease Outbreaks / statistics & numerical data*
  • Drug Overdose / mortality
  • Female
  • HIV Seropositivity / epidemiology*
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Male
  • Scotland / epidemiology
  • Sex Factors
  • Substance-Related Disorders / mortality*
  • Suicide / statistics & numerical data
  • Survival Rate