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IJERPH, Vol. 16, Pages 1831: Geographical Patterns in Drug-Related Mortality and Suicide: Investigating Commonalities in English Small Areas

23 May 2019

IJERPH, Vol. 16, Pages 1831: Geographical Patterns in Drug-Related Mortality and Suicide: Investigating Commonalities in English Small Areas

International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health doi: 10.3390/ijerph16101831

Authors:
Peter Congdon

There are increasing concerns regarding upward trends in drug-related deaths in a number of developed societies. In some countries, these have been paralleled by upward trends in suicide. Of frequent concern to public health policy are local variations in these outcomes, and the factors underlying them. In this paper, we consider the geographic pattern of drug-related deaths and suicide for 2012–2016 across 6791 small areas in England. The aim is to establish the extent of commonalities in area risk factors between the two outcomes, with a particular focus on impacts of deprivation, fragmentation and rurality.

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