Journal article

Learning from the past, looking to the future - Is there a place for injectable opioid treatment among Australia's responses to opioid misuse?

Vendula Belackova, Allison M Salmon, Marianne Jauncey, James Bell

International Journal of Drug Policy | Published : 2019


In the 1990s, a trial of prescribing pharmaceutical heroin for people with opioid-dependence had support from Australian State Health Ministers. However, in 1997 the proposal was vetoed by the federal Prime Minister in face of a negative tabloid media campaign. The debate then shifted to abstinence-orientated treatments. Later on, reduced heroin availability took opioid-related harms away from public sight. In this commentary, we aimed to explore the current need and the options to implement such program, lately referred to as supervised injectable opioid treatment (SIOT), in Australia. We argue that with the aging populations of opioid-dependent people who have not benefited from existing t..

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