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Table 2 Health, treatment and drug-use characteristics according to cause of death

From: Understanding drug-related mortality in released prisoners: a review of national coronial records

  Accidental drug-related (n = 175) (%) All other causes (n = 213) (%) p-value
General health condition 45 (25.7) 53 (24.9) 0.795
Mental health condition 51 (29.1) 111 (52.1) <0.001
Recorded risk of self-harm 9 (5.1) 58 (27.2) <0.001
Health service use (around time of death) 30 (17.1) 42 (19.7) 0.502
 General health 16 (9.1) 25 (11.7) 0.601
 Mental health 17 (9.7) 19 (8.8) 0.339
 Alcohol and other drug 28 (16.0) 22 (10.2) 0.101
 Welfare 21 (12.0) 21 (9.8) 0.539
Drug overdose (ever) 17 (9.7) 10 (4.7) 0.031
Injecting drug use (around time of death) 134 (76.6) 31 (14.4) <0.001
History of heroin use 84 (48.0) 38 (17.7) <0.001
Opiate substitution treatment (around time of death) 11 (6.3) 10 (4.7) 0.491
Record of drug withdrawal/detox in previous 6 months 27 (15.4) 8 (3.7) <0.001