Short report drug alcohol depend
People who misuse licit or illicit substances have higher mortality rates (McGinnis et al., 1993; Unwin & Codde, 1999). There are several risk factors related, such as the substance toxicity itself, consumption severity, presence of comorbidity, demographic features and socioeconomic conditions (Li & Smialek, 1996). The type of substance used, as well as the administration route, is also associated with the observed causa mortis (Pereiro et al., 2003). In this manner, the new appearance of heroin and cocaine from the seventies until today has changed dramatically the patterns of mortality, with increasing incidence of suicide, overdose, car accidents and homicide, mainly among young users (Smith, 1994; Roberts et al, 1997). The habit of injecting and exchanging sex for drugs has contributed to the spread of AIDS and STD, which still are a public health concerning in several countries (Rodriguez et al., 2 Most research about substance abuse and mortality has been done on cigarette smokers, alcoholics or heroin addicts. Little is known about mortality in crack cocaine users. Since no studies have analyzed the mortality risk and the causes of death among crack users, the present study has attempted to produce some evidence with regard to this theme.