MORTALITY AMONG YOUNG PEOPLE SEEKING RESIDENTIAL TREATMENT FOR PROBLEMATIC DRUG AND ALCOHOL USE
An internationally peer-reviewed study of the tragic rate of early death amongst disadvantaged teenagers seeking residential drug treatmentAll Research and Trends
Young people with problematic alcohol and other drug (AOD) use are often referred to residential treatment. Subsequent mortality rates among this high-risk group is not known.
This study estimates mortality rates and determines causes of death amongst young people referred to residential treatment in Sydney, Australia.
This study found elevated mortality among treatment-seeking young people with AOD use, compared to the general population, with increased risks among females, the Aboriginal group, treatment group, and those having psychiatric comorbidity and experiences of trauma. Drug overdose, mainly opioids, and suicide were the main causes of death. Early screening for comorbidities, targeted treatment and continuing care or aftercare for these young people are vital to reduce AOD related harm and mortality. Our study demonstrates the importance of using linked datasets to understand populations such as young people seeking treatment for problematic drug use to examine their health, mental health and other long-term outcomes.
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