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Distorted? A Quantitative Exploration of Drug Fatality Reports

Distorted? A Quantitative Exploration of Drug Fatality Reports

  1. Bajeda
    It has long been accepted that newspaper reporting of drug issues may be prone to amplification. However, to date there has been little empirical confirmation of this view. This paper aims to examine the representativeness of newspaper reports of deaths attributed to illegal drug use.

    It is concluded from these findings that the news media can present an unrepresentative and somewhat distorted view of illegal drug deaths. These biases may have serious implications for public opinion, social policy and drug education.
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