Year: 2010 Source: International Journal of Circumpolar Health, v.69, no.2, (2010), p.129-137 SIEC No: 20100506

To find prevention strategies, the authors explored the circumstances of unnatural deaths among members of reindeer-herding Sami families in Sweden. Data were retrieved for 1961-2001; 158 unnatural deaths were identified & examined in detail. Transport-related deaths & suicides were the most common unnatural deaths in this population. Suicides contributed to 23 percent of all deaths. Half of the number of victims tested positive for alcohol & alcohol abuse was documented in 15% of all victims. Results indicate alcohol is an important factor in prevention along with increased safety of both on- & off-road transportation. (30 refs.) JA