Drug-Related Mortality, Arizona, 1986-1996

This report was prepared by Christopher K. Mrela, Ph.D., Assistant Registrar of Vital Statistics

Data Tables


Methods and Sources

Key Findings

This section presents some illustrative findings contained in the figures and tables of the report. It is not intended to be an exhaustive analysis of the tabulated data.

It is impossible to determine how accurately the reported number of drug-related deaths reflects the true incidence of mortality from drug abuse/dependence. Some reasons for underreporting are: 1) social and family pressures to avoid stigmatization and 2) incomplete information at the time of death about the decedent's history of drug use. For these reasons drug dependence and drug abuse may not be given as the cause of death; instead another, less accurate category of underlying cause (e.g. unintentional drug misuse) is used.

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