Australasian Society for HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Sexual Health Medicine (ASHM), & Blood Borne Viruses and Sexually Transmitted Infections Standing Committee (BBVSS), 2023 The Australian STI Management Guidelines were updated between 2020-2022 by a multidisciplinary group of clinical and non-clinical experts. While all sections have been updated, some have had major changes. The key changes...
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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Harm reduction should address the specific needs of couples who inject drugs
nam/aidsmap, 21 March 2017
The sharing of drug injecting equipment most often occurs between sexual partners, but the ways in which couples manage risks and care for each other have been largely ignored by harm reduction services, say Australian researchers.
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Naloxone: Victoria’s rising death rate prompts calls to relax restrictions on overdose ‘antidote’
ABC news, Posted 13.12.16 at 5:11pm The high rate of overdose deaths in Victoria has prompted calls for a change in regulations around overdose ‘antidote’ Naloxone. Naloxone is used to reverse the effects of opioids like heroin and oxycodone but under Australian law it can only be dispensed over the counter by a doctor or pharmacist. The stigma can mean some users avoid asking for the...
Three things you need to know about drug overdoses
The Conversation, 15 September 2014, 6.21am AEST
Overdose deaths in Australia claim an extraordinary number of lives; in 2012, fatal overdoses outnumbered road deaths for the second year in a row (1,427 overdoses to 1,338 road deaths).