ISDH, CDC & DEA Guidance Documents

ISDH’s Vital Records Division has received a fair number of great questions regarding completing cause of death after Dr. Dye’s recent presentations.

The PDFs listed below are coroner-specific reference guides produced by CDC, College of American Pathologists, and ISDH Vital Records.

Dr. Dye’s July 2019 presentation and the recent published guidance on drug toxicity death reporting are included.

Education plays a critical role in preventing substance abuse. Drugs of Abuse, A DEA Resource Guide, is designed to be a reliable resource on the most commonly abused and misused drugs in the United States. This comprehensive guide provides important information about the harms and consequences of drug use by describing a drug’s effects on the body and mind, overdose potential, origin, legal status, and other key facts. Drugs of Abuse also offers a list of additional drug education and prevention resources, including the DEA websites.

ISDH, CDC & DEA Guidance

ISDH Top Rules for Determining Cause of Death (PDF) Click Here

ISDH Coroner-Reported Cause of Death Guidance (PDF) Click Here

Handbook for ME and Coroner Death and Fetal Death Reporting 2003 (PDF) Click Here

Completing the Death Certificate for Drug Toxicity Deaths Dr. Dye 2019 (PDF) Click Here

CDC Reference Guide for Completing the Death Certificate for Drug Toxicity Deaths May 2019 (PDF) Click Here

Cause of Death and the Death Certificate 2006. College of American Pathologists (PDF) Click Here

Coroner FAQ's (PDF) Click Here

DEA Drugs of Abuse - A DEA Resource Guide: 2020 EDITION (PDF) Click Here