Misuse of illicit drugs

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.316.7127.312a (Published 24 January 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:312

Authors overestimated number of teenagers dying from misusing volatile substances

  1. J C Taylor, Research managera,
  2. J M Bland, Professor of medical statisticsa,
  3. H R Anderson, Professor of epidemiologya
  1. a Department of Public Health Sciences, St George's Hospital Medical School, London SW17 0RE
  2. b Hurley Clinic, London SE11 4HJ

    Editor—Gerada and Ashworth state, “About 300 young teenagers die each year from misusing volatile substances, mainly through suffocation.”1 They do not give a source for this figure, which we believe to be grossly exaggerated. Their article has attracted considerable interest, including press attention, and we are concerned that a misleading statistic has been promulgated. …

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