Journal article

The impact of a reduction in drug supply compliance with treatment for drug on demand for and dependence

L Degenhardt, E Conroy, C Day, S Gilmour, W Hall

Drug and Alcohol Dependence | ELSEVIER IRELAND LTD | Published : 2005

Abstract

BACKGROUND: In early 2001, Australia experienced a sudden, dramatic and sustained decrease in heroin availability that was accompanied by sharp increases in price and decreases in street level purity--the so-called "heroin shortage". These unprecedented changes occurred in a context of widespread treatment availability, which made it possible for the first time to examine the impact of a sharp reduction in heroin supply in New South Wales (NSW) on entry to and adherence with treatment for heroin dependence. Given the evidence of drug substitution by some users, the current paper also examines the effects of the shortage on entry to treatment for other forms of drug dependence. METHODS: Inter..

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