Naloxone is a heath intervention that can’t be effectively provided without the knowledge and social connections of PWID

nam/aidsmap, may 5th 2017

Programmes to provide naloxone, a drug that reverses the effects of opiate overdose, are successful because they harness the social contexts of drug use and train drug users to be ‘indigenous public health workers’ capable of intervening in an overdose, according to a qualitative study published in the May issue of Social Science & Medicine.

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Methamphetamine use in Adelaide climbs as SA calls for action on drug ‘scourge’

ABC news, 25.01.2017

Methamphetamine use in Adelaide rose 25 per cent in the past year and tripled over five years, an analysis of the city’s sewage has shown.

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Victorian heroin overdose deaths spike, average age of victims rises

ABC The World Today, Posted

The number of heroin deaths in Victoria rose by almost 20 per cent in 2015, but it is an older generation who are dying.

Victoria Police and the State Coroner will be investigating whether increased purity was responsible for the jump in overdoses.

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Opiate use quadruples in Australia, while 85 per cent of the world has zero access: study

ABC, 4/2/2016

Key points:

  • Study reveals opiate use doubled in developed countries, quadrupled in Australia
  • 85 per cent of world’s population have no access to opioids
  • Uganda plans to grow its own opium crops to overcome the issue of affordability

Professor Richard Mattick, senior author of the paper, published in The Lancet, said researchers found 95 per cent of all opioids were used in western and central Europe, North America, Australia and New Zealand.

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  • Read the abstract of the paper in The Lancet here

Age concern in largest ever study of heroin user deaths

University of Manchester, for public release

In the largest study of opioids users ever undertaken, the researchers used records of 198,247 people in England. Opioid users were six times more likely to die prematurely than people in the general population. Almost one in ten of these deaths were due to suicide, more than four times the rate in the general population.

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