The impact of drug-related deaths on mortality among young adults in Madrid

Am J Public Health. 1995 Jan;85(1):102-5. doi: 10.2105/ajph.85.1.102.


The trend from 1983 to 1990 of drug-related mortality (defined as the sum of deaths from acute drug reactions and the acquired immuno-deficiency syndrome [AIDS] in drug users) among the population 15 to 39 years of age in Madrid, Spain, was studied and compared with mortality from all causes. All of the mortality rates increased from 1983 to 1990: all causes, from 101/100,000 to 148/100,000; acute drug reactions, from 3/100,000 to 15/100,000; and AIDS, from 0 to 20/100,000. Drug-related mortality represented 60% of the increase in the rate from all causes in males and 170% of the increase in females. The increases in drug-related mortality are likely to continue in the future.

MeSH terms

  • Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome / etiology
  • Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome / mortality*
  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Drug Overdose / mortality
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Spain / epidemiology
  • Substance Abuse, Intravenous / complications
  • Substance Abuse, Intravenous / mortality*
  • Substance-Related Disorders / mortality*