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Drug-related celebrity deaths: A cross-sectional study

Overview of attention for article published in Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention, and Policy, December 2016
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Title
Drug-related celebrity deaths: A cross-sectional study
Published in
Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention, and Policy, December 2016
DOI 10.1186/s13011-016-0084-z
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Authors

Johannes M. Just, Markus Bleckwenn, Rieke Schnakenberg, Philipp Skatulla, Klaus Weckbecker

Abstract

Celebrities are at risk for premature mortality as well as drug-related death. Despite being a vulnerable patient group, celebrities influence people's health behaviours through biological, psychological and social processes. Therefore, celebrity endorsement of the topic could be one way to challenge the current "opioid endemic". Our aim was to better understand the factors surrounding drug-related celebrity deaths by investigating the incidence as well as substances used between 1970 and 2015 using a cross-sectional study design. We searched public databases for drug-related celebrity deaths between 1970 and 2015. They were categorized for sex, profession, age at death, year of death and substances involved. The main outcome measures are descriptive values including number of drug deaths per year and substances involved. Secondary outcome measures are analytical questions to examine whether and which factors influence age at death and year of death (e.g. type of substance use disorder). We identified 220 celebrities who died a drug-related death with a clear indication of involved substances between 1970 and 2015. The average age at death was 38.6 years; 75% were male. Most celebrities died between the age of 25 and 40. The number of drug-related deaths increased in the 21st century, with a significant increase in the use of prescription opioids. Deaths involving prescription opioids and heroin were associated with a significantly lower mean age at death compared to deaths where these substances were not involved. Compared to the 20th century, the total number of celebrities who died from a drug-related death in the 21st century increased, possibly due to an increased involvement of prescription opioids. Negative effects on individual health decisions of celebrity's followers could be the result.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United Kingdom 1 3%
Unknown 30 97%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 6 19%
Other 6 19%
Researcher 4 13%
Student > Ph. D. Student 4 13%
Student > Postgraduate 2 6%
Other 6 19%
Unknown 3 10%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 8 26%
Psychology 5 16%
Nursing and Health Professions 4 13%
Social Sciences 4 13%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 2 6%
Other 3 10%
Unknown 5 16%

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This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 90. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 15 July 2020.
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