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‘We’ve been to too many funerals’: Study shows one third of homeless deaths linked to drugs or alcoh

HOMELESSNESS AND ADDICTION campaigners have expressed concern after a new report showed that the rate of deaths among homeless people in Dublin was up to 10 times higher than the general population.

New research published in the BMJ Open medical journal looked at deaths among a cohort of homeless people in Dublin over a five-year period as well as the leading causes of death.

The study – which was commissioned by the Dublin Regional Homeless Executive (DRHE) and carried out by researchers from Trinity College Dublin – looked into 209 deaths recorded by the DRHE between 2011 and 2015.

Of these deaths, 201 were verified either from death certificates or coroner’s records. The other eight deaths were left out of the study.

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Source: Cormac Fitzgerald, The Journal, 1st February 2019

Posted by drugs.ie on 02/01 at 10:48 AM in
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