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A Journal on Forensic Medicine
Minerva Medicolegale 1999 December;119(4): 213-8
The distribution of lethal heroin overdoses in the Turin urban area between 1981 and 1995. A series reported by the Forensic Sciences Institute of Turin University
Ottolia M., Tappero P.
Background and aim. The aim of this study was to provide a picture of the lethal heroin overdoses reported in Turin from 1980 to 1995, focusing in particular on their location.
Methods. 508 cases of lethal heroin overdoses reported in Turin between 1981 and 1995 were examined, taking account of age, sex and the place where the victims were found.
Results. The percentage of male subjects representing 86.2% of the entire series showed a gradual but marked increase over time, rising from 77.15% during the first five years to 87.8% during the last five years. With regard to the urban location of lethal cases, a strong concentration was noted in the areas around the Central Station (Porta Nuova), the largest market in the city (Porta Palazzo) and a major bus station for extraurban routes.
Conclusions. The distribution of lethal heroin overdoses reported in Turin appears to be much higher along an axis running from north to south across the city, starting from the motorway exit roads, and limited to the west by the Milan-Turin-Genoa railway line and to the east by the River Po.