Journal article

The effect of a reduction in heroin supply on fatal and non-fatal drug overdoses in New South Wales, Australia

LJ Degenhardt, E Conroy, S Gilmour, WD Hall

The Medical Journal of Australia | WILEY | Published : 2005

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To examine the impact of a sudden and dramatic decrease in heroin availability, concomitant with increases in price and decreases in purity, on fatal and non-fatal drug overdoses in New South Wales, Australia. DESIGN AND SETTING: Time-series analysis was conducted where possible on data on overdoses collected from NSW hospital emergency departments, the NSW Ambulance Service, and all suspected drug-related deaths referred to the NSW Coroner's court. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: The number of suspected drug-related deaths where heroin and other drugs were mentioned; ambulance calls to suspected opioid overdoses; and emergency department admissions for overdoses on heroin and other drugs...

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