An exploration of the possible contribution of prescribed drugs to road deaths in rural and remote Queensland: a coroner's report study

The project involved:

(1)  Coroners’ reports: data coding, analysis and interpretation of a data source (160 coroners’ reports) that had not been previously analysed by:

  • Type [group] of drug including those that have been implicated in crashes [urban studies] and have high use in general and found in misuse states, insomnia treatment, etc.;
  • Poly drug use with/without alcohol;
  • Level of drug use (therapeutic or potentially abusive);
  • Drug warnings available;
  • Characteristics of the crash including type of crash, driver and driving conditions.

(2)  Community survey: analysis and interpretation of existing survey data selected for rural and remote respondents on their use, knowledge and attitudes towards licit drug use.

Funding / Grants

  • Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation (IHBI) Injury Prevention and Trauma Management Seeding grant (2015)