Journal article

Transient changes in behaviour lead to heroin overdose: results from a case-crossover study of non-fatal overdose

P Dietze, D Jolley, C Fry, G Bammer

ADDICTION | WILEY | Published : 2005

Abstract

BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Heroin overdose is a serious consequence of heroin use and one of the leading causes of premature death and illness in Australia. Despite considerable research effort little is known about the effects of transient changes in heroin user behaviour and the links to overdose. This research is the first to use a suitable methodology to allow such ephemeral changes and their effects on non-fatal heroin overdose to be examined. METHODS: A case-crossover design was used in which non-fatal heroin overdose survivors' recall of risk behaviours in the 12 hours prior to overdose (hazard period) was compared to their recall of risk behaviours in the 12 hours prior to a selected non-o..

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