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Barred from work in Scottish prisons, data science to the rescue: discoveries about drugs-related deaths and women via record linkage - A part of Women in Data Science (WiDS)

Presented by: 
Sheila Bird Medical Research Council, University of Strathclyde
Date: 
Wednesday 7th December 2016 - 13:30 to 14:15
Venue: 
INI Seminar Room 1
Abstract: 

Willing Anonymous HIV Salivary (WASH) surveillance studies in Scottish prisons changed the focus on drugs in prisons - not always for the better. Barred from work in Scottish prisons, we turned to powerful record-linkage studies to quantify drugs-related deaths soon after prison-release (and how to reduce them); reveal that female injectors' risk of drugs-related death was half that of male injectors; but that the female advantage narrowed with age; and is not evident for methadone-specific deaths. Explanations for these strong, validated empirical findings are the next step.

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Presentation Material: 
University of Cambridge Research Councils UK
    Clay Mathematics Institute London Mathematical Society NM Rothschild and Sons