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1 Contemp. Drug Probs. 665 (1971-1972)
A Study of Differential Death Rates and Causes of Death among 9276 Opiate Addicts during 1970-1971

handle is hein.journals/condp1 and id is 685 raw text is: A study of differential
death rates and causes of
death among 9276 opiate
addicts during 1970-1971
BY S. B. SELLS, PH.D., LOIS R. CHATHAM, PH.D.,
AND R. L. RETKA, B.A.
Dr. Sells is Research Professor and Director of the Institute of Behav-
ioral Research at Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas. He is
Associate Editor of the quarterly journal Multivariate Behavioral Re-
search. Dr. Chatham is Chief of the Narcotic Addict Rehabilitation
Branch, Division of Narcotic Addiction and Drug Abuse of the National
Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Mr. Retka is a Public Health
Analyst with the Narcotic Addict Rehabilitation Branch, Division of
Narcotic Addiction and Drug Abuse of the NIMH.
This is a report of a study of rates and causes of death among
narcotic addicts. With the dramatic increase in public concern
over the problem of opiate addiction there has also been a
growing awareness of the enormous costs to society and to
the individual addict attributable to the illicit use of opiates.
Of paramount importance in evaluating the destructive
AUTHORS' NOTE: Appreciation is expressed to Dr. John A. O'Don-
nell, Department of Sociology, University of Kentucky at Lexington
and to Dr. John M. Martin, Department ofSociology, Fordbam Univer-
sity, for their critical reviews of the manuscript of this paper and for
valuable suggestions that have been incorporated. Responsibility for
any errors is assumed by the authors.
This article is based on a paper presented at the 34tb annual scientific
meeting of the Committee on Problems of Drug Dependence, National
Academy of Sciences, in May 1972.

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