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Document ID (ISN)52875
CIS number 89-2095
ISSN - Serial title 0096-1736 - Journal of Occupational Medicine
Year 1989
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Lewis R.J., Cooper P.S.
Title Alcohol, other drugs, and fatal work-related injuries
Bibliographic information Jan. 1989, Vol.31, No.1, p.23-28. 13 ref.
Abstract The purpose of this study was to determine the proportion of fatal work-related injuries that involved alcohol and other drugs in Harris County, Texas (which includes most of the city of Houston) during 1984 and 1985. A total of 207 death certificates and 196 autopsy reports that classified deaths as occurring at work were identified, and the demographic and toxicological information was reviewed. Tests for alcohol were conducted for 88.3% of the workers autopsied; 13.3% had a detectable blood alcohol content. Drug screens, in addition to tests for alcohol, were performed on 87.8% of the workers autopsied; 7.0% had detectable traces of drugs which had the potential to alter physiological functions needed to avoid injury. Only one case of illicit drug use was detected. When substances were detected, alcohol and prescription drugs, not illicit drugs, were the ones most frequently found.
Descriptors (primary) USA; drug dependence; causes of accidents; fatalities; alcoholism
Descriptors (secondary) epidemiologic study
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Toxic and dangerous substances
Broad subject area(s) Stress, psychosocial factors
Browse category(ies) Alcohol and drug abuse