Journal article

A cost-effectiveness analysis of opioid substitution therapy upon prison release in reducing mortality among people with a history of opioid dependence

Natasa Gisev, Marian Shanahan, Don J Weatherburn, Richard P Mattick, Sarah Larney, Lucy Burns, Louisa Degenhardt

Addiction | WILEY | Published : 2015


Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)

Awarded by NHMRC Research Fellowships

Funding Acknowledgements

We wish to acknowledge all data custodians for providing access to the datasets used in this study: the NSW Ministry of Health (PHDAS data set), the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (Re-offending data set) and the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (NDI data set). We are grateful for Judy Trevena's work on the initial preparation of the data sets, and also to Pia Salmelainen (NSW Health) for expert advice regarding the PHDAS data set and Jacqui Fitzgerald (BOCSAR) for advice regarding BOCSAR data sets. We also wish to thank Professor Tony Butler, Dr Amy Gibson and Dr Jo Kimber, for their advice on the design and conduct of the original study, and the members of our Indigenous Reference Group: Michael Doyle, Anton Clifford, Megan Williams and Luke Bell. We are also grateful for Dr Joshua Byrnes' advice regarding the calculation of police costs and Ms Clare Ringland's advice regarding propensity score matching. The work for this paper was conducted as part of a larger project which has received funding from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) (grant no. 1005668). This project was also supported by a grant from the Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) through the Criminology Research Grants Program. The views expressed are the responsibility of the author and are not necessarily those of the AIC. N. G., R.P.M., S.L. and L.D. are supported by NHMRC Research Fellowships (numbers 1091878, 1045318, 1035149, 1041742). The National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre at the University of NSW is supported by funding from the Australian Government under the Substance Misuse Prevention and Service Improvements Grants Fund.